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The Ten Commandments: A Ladder to Heaven or a Mirror of the Soul
by Pastor Mike Tardive
Can the 10 commandment get anyone to heaven? Just have a look in the Bible and see if it is possible.  If you are honest, you will have to agree that it is impossible! Only God’s Son can get you there!

Exodus 20

And God spoke all these words, saying:
 “I am the LORD your God,..

1.      “You shall have no other gods before Me.”

Who or what is your god? How do you know? Generally, what motivates you and influences you the most is your god. For some it is money, others it is sensual pleasures, for another it is popularity.For many, they worship self as they will do whatever necessary to make themselves happy.  God said that anything that influences or motivates you more than Him, is putting other gods before Him and this is the sin of Idolatry.  He created you,  He demands and deserves your whole hearted worship.

2. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God.”

To pray to a statue, picture or relic of any kind is also idolatry.  To pray to a physical representation of God is violating the second commandment. God does not want you to have these so-called “helps.”

3.      “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.”

This is a far too common violation of the Law of God. Many do this without knowing that we were committing the sin of blasphemy!  To use the name, “God” and “Jesus Christ”, in an expression of anger, frustration or surprise is offending the God who created you.  If you are not talking to Him or about Him, yet you are using His name, it is using it in vain. He says here, that in the Day of Judgement, unless you get your sins forgiven now, you will be declared guilty.  Your insulting of God in this way will not be overlooked.

4.      “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”  

God says you have 6 days to do what you want and need to do. One day of the seven is His. He wants you to keep a day for Him and His worship, not to do whatever you fancy. 

5.      “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.”

Treating our parents with respect, no matter how old they are, or how old we are, is commanded by God.  As adults, we may no longer have to obey them. But we must always honour them in our speech and treatment. In a day when children are not required to honour their parents, we are seeing the wholesale disrespect for authority reaping its bitter fruit.

 6.     “You shall not murder.”

Are you thinking, “At least I am okay on this one?”  Are you?  Jesus preaching on this commandment said,
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder,
and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca! (Empty head)’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. (Matthew 5:21,22)    

To hate or to hurt or to murder one’s character with a bitter heart or unkind words is in the eyes of Jesus Christ akin to murder.  You see, with God, it is always a heart issue.  And if you have sinned with your heart, by anger or saying unkind words, then you are guilty of heart murder.

 7.     “You shall not commit adultery.”

The Bible teaches that God has created sex for the enjoyment and oneness of those who are married.  Therefore, to have sex outside of marriage makes a person an adulterer. Again, when preaching about this command, Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

The heart is again in focus as to have any lustful thoughts about a person not your husband or wife is committing adultery in your heart. The Bible says, “As a person thinks in his heart, so is he.” You are what you think!  Can any say they are innocent here? Can any say, “I am such a good person God will certainly let me into Heaven.” My friend, your fanciful thoughts about yourself do not line up with God’s clear revelation to you.  Be honest, we are now on the 7th commandment and can you really say you are a “good” person?

 8.     “You shall not steal.”

To take anything that does not belong to you, no matter how small is to make yourself a thief.

 9.     “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

To lie or deceive in anyway is sin.  How many murders does it take to be a murderer? Just one. How many lies to make a liar? Just one.

10.    “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

The heart is in focus again. To have excessive desires after anything that belongs to someone else is a sin of discontent against God.

So -- What do I do?

..Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:14-16) 

1. Repent.  Be willing to turn from your own sinful way, looking to Him for the spiritual strength to be able to do so.

2. Believe that Jesus hung on a cross suffering the wrath of God for your sins, thus taking the penalty for the sins of every believer in all ages. Jesus says, The one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. And “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes on Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

We cannot make ourselves right with God by keeping the commandments, because we are not able to keep them consistently enough, therefore we need to be rescued. The commandments are the mirror of our souls that show us our need for God’s forgiveness-and our need for His life. Jesus also said, I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”   

Now, that you have looked into the mirror, will you say “I don’t like the way I look, it must not be me” or, will you be cleansed? God does not want you to try harder because you will never make it on your own, He wants you believe on the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. Will you choose death or abundant life? Repent and believe today for the forgiveness of your sins! If we can help you in your journey of knowing God in any way, please let us know.