10th Day of Christmas - Jan. 3rd

“On the 10th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me 10 Lords-A-Leaping”

Exodus 20:1-17
1 And God spoke all these words, saying:
2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
7 “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.
8 “ Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 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.
12 “ Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

The 10 Lords-A-Leaping refer to the 10 Commandments. Our goal is to obey the commandments, but first we must know what each one means. For the most part the 10 commandments are pretty self explanatory so we will be focusing on the first and second commandment. We read earlier which 2 commandments Jesus said were the greatest. Do you remember them?
The first commandment is probably one of the hardest ones to keep. Granted back when Moses was given the commandments it was common for people to worship other gods. Although we still have people worshipping other gods today it is not exactly the same. My opinion is that while it referred to Baal and other gods in earlier times. The gods we tend to worship today are TV, money and anything we put before God, which ties into the second commandment. It is so easy to put other things before God, we call them idols. For example we know we should read our Bible, but instead we spend hours watching TV and putting off God’s word until we forget about it. Think of the things you put before God. Make a commitment that you will begin to put Him first. Decide that you won’t do one of those things unless you read your Bible, pray, or do something putting Him first. Slowly you will begin keeping your eyes more on Him than on other things.

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