“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or...
“I am the LORD your God…” Exodus 20:2
Do you like people who are honest? Folks who look you straight in the eye and tell you the truth? Straight shooters? Most people I know place a high value on this type of directness and candor.
The fact that God introduces Himself to be the LORD, is the best way possible for God to capture our attention. When He declares Himself “the LORD”, what God is doing is setting up the importance of what He is about to say.
The introduction used here in verse 2 is a bold declaration of why it’s important for all who hear the following directions to actually live them out. Because of the One who’s making the proclamations that follow.
We are not exhorted to follow simply because the list gives us a high moral code. We don’t follow because the list offers strong life suggestions. And we are not encouraged to live by the rules of the Ten Commandments because they’ve stood the test of time.
Instead, we follow the guidance of these decrees because of the One who is making them. We submit to the ways of the commandments because they are words and directives given by God himself!
When we consider the importance of abiding by the laws given, may our actions never be out of religious performance, but instead be an act of worship of the One who spoke these commandments into being—Almighty God.
Heavenly Father, you are Holy, you are righteous, and you are worthy of my worship. Help me to worship you by faithfully walking in submission to your commandments—because they come from you. Amen
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