God wants to marry you - leaven and all. No matter what you've done, or where you've been, God is determined to make it right for you - that is what the 10 Commandments are all about. The Ten Commandments starts with Grace, with God giving people something that they did not earn or deserve, its: welcome to being human again. The supply of everything I need, is as close to me as the air that I'm breathing, I just need to stop and become aware of that. The Sabbath is a day where you live like your work is done, even if it isn't - and that is healing. The world goes on, because God is God, and you are not. When our worth becomes about bricks, we become machines.
Ten Commandments (1 of 5) God wants to marry you - leaven and all. No matter what you've done, or where you've been, God is determined to make it right for you - that is what the 10 Commandments are all about. The OT marriage covenant, and it's Hebrew context, are used to understand some things Jesus said about his return, and about the rapture. The introduction of the 10 commandments is considered from the perspective of a long line of slaves. So we get a day off? You can't kill me, or take my things, just because you're stronger than me? My human rights and dignity will be respected in our new culture? That is fantastic!
I am the Lord your God (2 of 5) The Ten Commandments starts with Grace, with God giving people something that they did not earn or deserve: I am the Lord your God, who is choosing to bless you with freedom from slavery, not because of anything you've done, but because I love you, and want all the people of the world to know that I am a loving God. Welcome to being human again. Its Anokhi, an offer to increase us, inside the hedge of praise and submission
Foundations for Your Success (3 of 5) We don't like spirit, because we can't control it. It doesn't obey our rules. Where is God? How big is He? If you want to live a successful life, you've got to organise your life to where God is with you all the time, not a statue/idol that's with you one minute, and not the next. We can't make God manageable. To have the best relationship with God, don't make your prayer life about words and needs, He already knows what your needs are. The supply of everything I need, which is as close to me as the air that I'm breathing, I stop and become aware of that.
Remember the Sabbath Day, Keep it Holy (4 of 5) Is God still the creator, even when He's resting? Am I me, regardless of what I'm producing; or is my entire life and worth defined by the number of bricks I can make? Anything we do around Sabbath that puts people in bondage, instead of bringing relief to a situation, misses the point. The last thing a group of slaves needs is another piece of bondage, and we're no different. When our worth becomes about bricks, we become machines. Sabbath is a day where you live like your work is done, even if it isn't - and that is healing. The world goes on, because God is God, and you are not
11th Commandment (5 of 5) God has not called us to be right - we're just Joe & Jane. God has called us to be compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiveness. He's called us to show the whole world what He looks like. Taking His name in vain is about: don't sign cheques I wouldn't sign, don't put my name to things that aren't me. As a Christian, you're actually picking up and carrying (Nasah) the name (Shim) of God around with you. Shawv (in vain) means to live your life in a way that manifests (not disappoints) the hope that rests upon it. God has called Christians to be nice, more than He has called us to be right.