It is worth noting when looking at the Ten Commandments that the first four are about God. The second forbids making an image of anything that is in heaven while the fourth forbids using his name in vain. God is concerned about how his name and image are used before giving commands such as not to commit murder, adultery or theft.
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or 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.” -Exodus 20:4 Continue reading
Normally I talk about the commandments being problematic in relation to our ability to keep them. God knew Israel, and all mankind for that matter, would fail to keep the Law. What we need is an all sufficient savior. The commandments have a purpose, but they cannot make a person righteous. Think of them as a ruler used to measure how far we fall short. Jesus told the Pharisees they kept the letter of the Law but did not understand the spirit of the Law. Paul calls the Law a burden we are not able to bear. Moses was the first person to break all ten commandments; wait for it…
Chaplain Mike of Internet Monk points out a different kind of problem. Counting the Commandments is about how different traditions number the list. Continue reading