Who has the authority in giving the Ten Commandments?
In every written law of a country, there is a brief introductory statement called the preamble that expresses the authority and intention of the fundamental laws and guiding principles of the nation. The preamble of the Constitution is this: “We the people of the United States of America do ordain and establish this Constitution …and so on.” One should declare a preamble or a preliminary introduction when searching an individual’s private property or ordering someone to submit to authority, to compel observance of or obedience to. For example: “This is the FBI, open the door!” If you will just order a person to open the door, the person inside the house will shout back, “Who are you!?” One should declare the preamble before ordering the law. In like manner the Ten Commandments also have its preamble. The authority behind these gives the command. Let us find out who has the authority.
When the Hebrews pray to God, they will say, “Oh, God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob.” There is no name. The word “Elohim” in Hebrew is plural and refers to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The singular form is “Eloah,” a term sometimes used in the ordinary sense of gods. The pagan gods have their names. But the Elohim of the Hebrews had no name that was why Moses asks God what His Name is. Let us read Exodus 3:13 – 14, Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I shall say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?” And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.”
The letter “I” is the first person singular pronoun in the nominative case. “AM” is the first person singular, present indicative of be. The word “I AM” which is a verb to be becomes a proper noun or a name. The Great I AM.
Jesus is God the Creator in the gospel of John. (John 1:1 to 3) “In the beginning was ‘the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. (Verse 14), “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Jesus said “I AM”:
(John 6:35), “I AM the bread of life.”
(John 8:12), “I AM the light of the world.”
(John 8:58), “Before Abraham was born I AM.”
(John 10:7), “I AM the door.”
(John 10:11), “I AM the good shepherd.”
(John 11:25), “I AM the resurrection and the life.”
(John 15:5), “I AM the vine.”
(John 14:6), “I AM the way and the truth and the life.”
Jesus is the only one who said “I AM” to describe His many characteristics, but truly He was the pre-incarnate Christ who spoke to Moses and said; “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
The Lord Jesus said in Revelation 1:8, “I AM the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Alpha and Omega, which is the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, were used to express the Eternity of God.
Jesus, the Almighty God is the “I AM” who commanded the Ten Commandments. Before the “Thou Shall Not” is the preamble by the Great I AM.
(Exodus 20:2), “I AM the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” In like manner, a person who become a Christian and delivered out from the land of slavery of sin is commanded to obey the Ten Commandments. Jesus said in Luke 6:46, “Why do you call me, Lord, Lord; and do not do what I say?” (John 14:15), “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”
The Greatest Commandments:
(Matthew 22:35 – 40) And one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” And Jesus said to him, “’YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ “This is the great and foremost commandment. “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
How do you love God with all your heart, soul and mind? Do you just repeat the phrase over and over again like a mantra of the heathen thinking that it will produce some magical power? Loving God with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our mind is to obey His commandments. Let’s go back to Exodus 20:3 – 6, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.” “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I the Lord your God, am a ‘jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing loving-kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”
People in our country proclaimed that the Philippines is the only Christian nation in Asia. But look! Idolatry is rampant among the people. Every year in their festivity, that huge idol of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila in their annual procession in the City, people are rampaging to worship that ugly idol.
In Cebu City, people celebrate the Sinulog every January where people dance erratically before the Santo Neno idol parading in colorful costumes and becoming an attraction to tourists.
In Bicol Naga City, people celebrate their Pena Francia in wild passion where the idol of their Queen of Heaven, the lavishly decorated statue of Mary, is wildly worshiped. In every city, town and barrio, fiestas are celebrated to the extent that every single cent is spent just to worship their idol gods. All these celebrations are pagan practices and are a violation of God’s Commandments. They are all lies from Satan. The children of the devil cannot understand what Jesus is saying. Instead, they believe the lie of their father, the devil. Jesus said in John 8:43 – 44, “Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear my word. You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies.”
Statues and paintings of Jesus be beautifully done but never worship it because it is still a deception and a violation of God’s command. There is no description of Jesus in the Bible on how He looked. In Isaiah, it says, “there is no beauty in Him that people will be attracted to.” God purposely left that out from the Gospel so that no one should make an idol image of Him to be worshiped. The legend about Veronica wiping the face of Jesus which made a characteristic mark of His face on her large handkerchief is a lie. There is no Veronica in the Bible. It is all a made up story from Satan just to make people worship an idol or image. It is a false god and a false Jesus.
The outcome of violating God’s commands is that people become homosexuals and lesbians, disobedient to their parents, and all kinds of wickedness. Here clearly written in Romans 1:21 – 32: “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculation, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lust of their hearts to impurity, that their bodies might be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever, Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own person the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.”
God has the power to change anyone, but only if we accept that we are all sinners and have violated God’s commands. If we truly repent and get rid of idolatry in our lives, accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior then God will change us. God can change even the worst, vilest, wretched sinner in the whole world if he truly repents. There is nothing impossible with God.
Loving the Lord Jesus Christ is very important:
(John 8:42), Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here, I have not come on my own; but he sent me.”
How can you love Jesus if you don’t believe that He is the one whom He claimed to be? How can you love Jesus if you don’t believe that He is God? If you truly love God the Father then you would have love Jesus.
Any supposedly Christian Church that don’t worship idols or any images but don’t believe that Jesus is God, don’t love the God of the Bible even if they use the name of Christ. These churches are not Christ believers and are not Christians at all. These churches are cultic religions. The Mormons, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the “Iglesia ni Kristo” church, just to name a few, are cultic religions.
Muhammad who doesn’t believe that Jesus is God didn’t love the God of the Bible. His god is a different God, the Moon god Allah. If you hate idolatry but don’t love Jesus you will end up hating idolaters and that’s what happened to Muhammad the Muslim. Muhammad slaughtered the idolater Catholics in the 6th Century A.D. He wiped them out from the Mediterranean world that is why you cannot trace Christianity today from Saudi Arabia to Iraq and from Iran to Turkey. The Islamic religion, which hates idolatry and also hates idolaters, is spread out all over the world.
If you truly love God with all your heart, soul and mind, you will hate idolatry because God is a jealous God, but you will love idolaters and because you love them, you will tell them that idolatry is in violation of God’s command. Just as God hates sin but loves a sinner, likewise, a true Born Again Christian hates idolatry but love the idolaters.
The Great I Am is the authority in giving the Ten Commandments. Jesus says, “Why do you call me Lord, Lord; and do not do what I say?” Again He said, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”
Continue to read the next topic: “The third and fourth commandments”