The Lord's Commandments
The rules given by God in the Bible that tell people how they must behave.
These commandments can be found both in the Old Testament and the New Testament of the Bible.
"I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery" Exodus 20: 2. In the Old Testament God gave the Ten Commandments through Moses in the book of Exodus.
The Ten Commandments
1. You must not have any other god but me
2. You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected- even children in the third and fourth generations on those who love me and obey my commands.
3. You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse His name
4. Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. You have six days each week for ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and foreigners living among you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day He rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy
5. Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord God is giving you
6. You must not murder
7. You not commit adultery
8. You must not steal
9. You must not testify falsely against your neighbor
10. You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s
wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to
In the New Testament, there was more elaboration on these laws, Jesus in Mark 12: 29-31 was answering to a debate started by one of the religious teachers on which of the commandments that is more important than the rest.
"Jesus replied, "The most important commandment is this: "Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. The second is equally important: "Love your neighbor as yourself." No commandment is greater than these." (NLT)