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 kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
The Ten Commandments are God's instructions to man for holy living which begins with the first instruction as it relates to other gods and the holy God of this universe. The first of the Ten Commandments tell how God feels about other gods as He is the one true God who is to be worshiped, praised, and honored. He is worthy given His sovereign powers. Also, God forbids the creation of any graven images unto Him because no man has ever seen God and lived. Even Moses wasn't allowed to see God face to face; he could only look at God's hind part.
God's instructions further outlines for mankind how and when if obeyed leads to holy living. Obeying God's Ten Commandments indicates humanity's love and gratitude to God for what He has done and continues to do in life of all men. Obeying God's Ten Commandments reverberates from one person to another and then to the entire community.
The Ten Commandments are manifestations of His love for man and how we are to live. This is also evidence of God's provisional care for humanity.
The Ten Commandments are given to benefit humanity.
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