Monday, February 8, 2010

The Ten Commandments

Exodus 19

Three months after leaving Egypt’s land
All Israel gathered at God’s command.
He came that day amidst thunder and lightning
In a cloud on the mountain—very frightening.

The tribes were instructed to wait below
As Moses learned what they needed to know.
So there they stood in fear and awe
As Moses received God’s special law.

‘You shall have no other gods;
No worshipping wood or rocks or sod.
I made the earth and all you see.
There is no other God but Me.

You shall not craft an image or form
Of imaginary gods unable to perform.
If you would like to experience grace
Don’t let idolatry invade My space.

Here’s a third thought true and plain:
Do not take My name in vain.
Observe a fourth truth to be blessed:
Remember the Sabbath day of rest.

Honor your father and your mother;
Revere them as you do no other.
If to live long you expect,
Show your parents proper respect.

You are forbidden to take a life,
Commit adultery with another’s wife,
Steal the fruit of another man’s labor;
Bear false witness against your neighbor.

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house,
Nor desire your neighbor’s spouse.
Around this conduct I’ve placed these borders
Creating a culture of peace and order.”

The Ten Commandments stand above time
Providing a life of peace sublime.
These laws from scripture we import
To define justice for our courts.

If you desire a life serene
Study God’s law, learn what it means.
Then to experience fullness in life,
Give yourself fully to serving Christ

© Copyright 2010 George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

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