The Ten Commandments
NEW CHRISTIAN WATCH PROJECT
The promotion of:
‘THE TEN COMMANDMENTS’
Particularly to children and young people
What are the 10 Commandments?
The 10 Commandments reveal the will of God which He has
given for the guidance and benefit of all mankind
Background to the 10 Commandments
If we refer in the Bible to the Book of Exodus, Chapter 20, we read that the Israelites had escaped from Egypt and were in the desert when they approached Mount Sinai. Moses went up to Mount Sinai and was told by God to prepare the people for a message from Him. On the third day there was thunder and lightning and a great cloud over the mountain and the sound of trumpets and the people trembled when the Lord’s presence was discerned in the fire and earthquake which shook the mountain. Moses instructed the children of Israel not to go close or to touch the mountain. God then commanded Moses to go up the mountain and he spent 40 days and 40 nights there. God gave Moses the 10 Commandments which were written by God on two tablets of stone. These Commandments were to be obeyed by the people and were given as a pattern as to how they should conduct their lives. If followed, these would be for their good – both personally and as a nation. The 10 Commandments are as relevant today as they were when given to Moses and the children of Israel.
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil…..Till heaven and earth pass, one joy or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled” Matthew 5:17,18.
The first five books of the Old Testament are sometimes called the Pentateuch (Greek, five books) – they are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. The 10 Commandments are also found in the book of Deuteronomy (chapter 5,), which re-affirms the guidelines of how we should live our lives.
The Authorised King James version of the Bible is translated from the original Hebrew and this is the version we shall use in this project to highlight the authenticity of the 10 Commandments.
The Ten Commandments
Exodus 20 : 2-17 King James Version (KJV)
I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
- Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
- Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
- Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
- Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
- Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
- Thou shalt not kill.
- Thou shalt not commit adultery.
- Thou shalt not steal.
- Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
- Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
Comments on the above:
- God commands us to put Him first. If we look at our lives today – who do we put first? How is this reflected in our worship of God? Clear instructions are given not to make images or to bow down to them – do we?
- Do we take our Lord’s name in vain by swearing or disrespecting His name? Today the Lord’s Name is blasphemed by so many – often as an exclamation or a swear word.
- The Sabbath Day, the day for spiritual worship and rest given to us by the Lord, is largely disregarded. Maybe it is a day off but not really respected with any holiness or sanctity.
- We are commanded to respect our parents and honour them but society today has in a great measure lost that sense of respecting our elders and some are even rejected in their old age when they are deemed to be of no use and need to be looked after.
- God commands us not to kill but do we take the sanctity of life lightly? So many innocent lives today are taken away by murder, whether by violence or an unwanted pregnancy.
- Marriage is as important as ever. God tell us not to commit adultery. This protects families and avoids heartache for all those involved.
- Lying is against God’s commandments. How many are aware that we break the 9th Commandments by lying and not telling the truth?
- Being envious of other people’s possessions such as their house, car or goods, or their success etc. is breaking the 10th Commandment.
A campaign is being planned by Christian Watch to encourage schools to teach the Ten Commandments. It is so necessary for children to have an awareness and understanding of Britain’s cultural Christian heritage. We believe that the teaching of the Ten Commandments in schools, subject to the Lord’s blessing, would be an ideal starting point.
We propose, therefore, to:
- Provide a large poster [from the Trinitarian Bible Society], initially concentrating on a pre-determined area, but eventually covering the UK. We plan to suggest that the poster should be used as a resource in RE lessons. One of our objectives is that children would be encouraged to learn the Ten Commandments and this would be the basis for teaching more about the Bible and the Christian faith.
- We would also endeavor to provide teachers with resource material to assist them in getting the Christian message across to their pupils.
- We also plan to lobby the Government and politicians to emphasise the importance of the Christian faith being taught to the younger generation.
We live in a multicultural society with various differing faiths – a pluralistic society – where Muslim, Protestant, Jewish, Buddhism, Hinduism, Catholicism and other faiths can worship openly without persecution. It is essential, however, to ensure that children are taught about the Ten Commandments and how these are enshrined in our legal system and constitution. As part of Britain’s national identity and heritage the Queen also promised to adhere to observe the Christian Protestant faith and would be useful to enable children to appreciate Britain’s religious and spiritual history.
Your prayerful concern for this project would be much appreciated or if you feel led to be involved with us in implementing this project, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to make a donation towards the costs involved Donate.