SCRIPTURE UNION DAILY GUIDE DEVOTIONAL FOR APRIL 18, 2023 (THE TEN COMMANDEMENT)
TOPIC: THE TEN COMMANDEMENT
OPENING PRAYER: Open my eyes O Lord that I might behold wondrous things from your word in Jesus’ name.
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: EXODUS 20:1-17
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION
• Q 3: Is there any command for me to obey?
• Q 8: Is there any other Biblical passage that can help me understand this passage better?
As an emerging nation, Israel needed constitution and by-laws that would define their operations and relationships. God here reminded them, “I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery” (v.2). This statement was the basis on which the laws were issued. Unlike other nations that had many gods (idols), the children of Israel were to recognize and worship only one God (also see Deuteronomy 6:4).
The Ten Commandments are broadly classified into two categories. The first four defined their relationship with God. The remaining six define their relationships with one another (vs.12-17). As they observe these laws, they would become a light to the gentile nations around them.
Although the New Covenant in Christ grants salvation by grace through faith and not by works (Ephesians 2:8), we are not excused from obeying the Lord’s Commandments. In fact, it is for our welfare and healthy living that we obey them! How does v.17 address a critical social ill that is the source of corruption in our society today? The Lord Jesus’ instruction in Matthew 6:19-21 and Luke 12:15 helps us deal with this social canker.
FOR FURTHER STUDY:
For further studies: Find out what Jesus said about the Ten Commandments in Matthew 4:10; 10:37; 5:21-22, 27-28&38-42; 12:36; Luke.16:13; Mark. 2:27, 28.
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
Thank God for our victory in Christ Jesus and deliverance from the bondage of sin and the law.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with Psalms 68:35
ONE YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Joshua 15, 16.
NATIONAL PRAYER BULLETIN – Tue, 18-Apr-2023
Truly, truly, I say unto you, whoever hears my words and believes Him who sent me has eternal life….
– John 5:24
THANK GOD FOR:
► The plan He has for all who do His will.
► The eternal life we have in Christ Jesus as long as we continue to believe in Him.
► Grace to continue to believe even when things seem contrary.
► Newness of life as we continue and remain in Him daily.
► Patience as we daily follow the Lord and live according to His plan for our lives.
► Every spirit of fear, doubt and discouragements especially in this end time.
► Turning back, or failing to examine ourselves to ensure we are still in the faith daily.
Scripture Union Daily Guide 18th April 2023 Tuesday. Scripture Union is an international, interdenominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God.
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