Number Ten – March 4, 2016
(Exodus 20:3-17)

People often ask me about the significance of numbers in the Bible. Often times, numbers in the Bible do represent certain things. So far this week, we looked at what the numbers one, three, four, and seven mean in Scripture, and if you missed any of those you can find them on my daily blog, The final number in the Bible we are going to look at this week is the number ten. In Scripture, the number ten refers to the government and the law. We know from an earthly perspective; our governments do not work without good laws.

In Exodus 20, God gave the children of Israel ten laws, we call them the 10 Commandments. God gave them those laws as a foundation for a godly community when they would finally reach the promised land. Let’s look at a CliffsNotes version of those 10 Laws or Commandments.
1) You shall have no other Gods before Me.
2) Don’t make graven images.
3) Don’t take the Lord’s name in vain.
4) Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
5) Honor your father and mother.
6) Don’t murder.
7) Don’t commit adultery.
8) Don’t steal.
9) Don’t lie.
10) Don’t covet.
Those 10 laws are still good laws today. Together, they give direction for our spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being. They set boundaries that if kept, will promote individual success on our spiritual walks with the Lord. Together, they give guidance on how to/not to relate to those around us so that we may function as a healthy communities, families, and individuals.

As a matter of fact, they are better than good laws; they are God’s laws. By the way, remember that since it is Friday, make a plan to keep that 4th law, “Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy!”
See you at Cottonwood Creek on Sunday,
John Mark Caton, Ph.D