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GOD’S LAWS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

GOD’S LAWS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT ( EXO 20:1-25)

GOD’S COMMANDMENT

Laws are rules and regulations that guide the society. God’s law known as the Ten Commandments or Decalogue ruled the Israelites. The Ten Commandments is known as Mosaic Law. It was given to Moses on Mount Sinai. Torah is the Hebrew word for it. The Ten Commandments are as follows:

  1. Thou shall have no other gods before me.
  2. You shall not make for yourself graven images or bow down for them.
  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
  5. Honor your father and your mother that your days may be long.
  6. You shall not kill
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
  10. You shall not covet your neighbours’ property,

 

The Ten commandments fall naturally into two divisions:

  1. Duties to God and
  2. Duties to our fellow men (human values).

 

On duties to God, we are to worship only one God; worship God without the use of images, reverence God’s name as standing for His nature; and keep God’s day holy. On duties to our fellowmen, we are to honour our parents, not to commit murder, not to commit adultery, not to steal; not to lie and not to covet.

 

Apart from the laws of God given to Moses, in all communities of a state, organizations, groups and clubs, there are rules and regulation that regulate and decide on behaviour and structures that help them to achieve a mature, responsible free position. Order, they say, is the first thing in heaven. Various Associations, Convention, Club and even Churches, have constitution and bye-Laws which members strictly adhere to; any deviation from these surely brings about confusion and throws the congregation into disarray. The importance of law in a nation or community cannot be over emphasized.

 

EVALUATION

  1. Why should we have laws in a community, group or organization?
  2. Explain our duties to God as contained in the Ten Commandments.

 

GENERAL EVALUATION

  1. Why should we have laws in a community, group or organization?
  2. Explain our duties to God as contained in the Ten Commandments.
  3. Explain the reason why God gave commandment?
  4. Write the seventh commandment.

 

WEEKEND ASSIGNMENT

  1. What is another name for the Ten Commandment? (a) Monologue (b) Dialogue

(c) Decalogue      (d) Monograph

  1. The Ten Commandment was given to Moses at _____ (a) Mount olives

(b) Mount Nebo   (c) Mount Sinai   (d) Mount Everest

  1. Honour your father and your mother is the _____ commandment (a) 4th (b) 5th

(c) 6th     (d) 10th

  1. Which of the Commandment talk about fornication and adultery? (a) 5th (b) 6th

(c) 7th   (d) 10th

  1. Which of the Commandments speaks against stealing? (a)8th  (b) 9th   (c) 10th

 

THEORY

  1. What is Law?
  2. List the Commandment that talks about man’s relationship to man.

 

See also

LOVE AS THE NEW COMMANDMENT OF JESUS CHRIST JOHN

CALL TO REPENTANCE

CALL TO REPENTANCE

HUMAN RIGHT SOCIETY

EMINENT NIGERIA

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