KEY SCRIPTURE: Exodus 20:2 ” I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.”
This study is not dealing directly about the character of Moses but has a lot to teach us. We would be looking at the ten commandments as given to Moses.
John 1:17 says, ” For the law was given by Moses but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ”. This verse gives a sharp contrast about the law and grace in relation to their sources. Moses gave the law but Jesus brought grace and truth. What then is the relationship between grace and the law? These two principles are all seeking for men to relate to God acceptably, but the law falls short of making provisions to make one acceptable before God. The laws make demands from men, whiles grace makes provision. The first commandment states that, “thou shall have no other gods before me”. It tells or commands us not to serve any other god but the Lord God alone. The sad truth is that most men or women fail, when it comes to obeying these commandments. Idolatry is the number one sin of humans. (Note: Idolatry is anything that takes the place of God in our lives).
It is only the grace of God that makes us free from falling short of these laws. What is the grace of God? The grace of God is first and foremost a person. The grace of God is our Lord Jesus taking over a man’s heart to express Himself through that man. Grace is the source of perfection. The grace of God takes the attention from ourselves to Christ. We can’t fall short to any of these laws when the grace of God is fully functioning in us. Romans 6:14 “Sin shall not have dominion over you because you are not under the law but under grace”.
To be under grace means you acknowledge that it is Christ at work in you and He does everything through you. He becomes the centre of your love, and the target of your praise. There is then no place for idolatry if Jesus is the Centre of your love as well as the target of your praise. Every one of the nine commandments would not be a struggle to do when Jesus is working through you. To make this statement in another sense, ‘when the grace of God is working in you, you would not struggle to fulfill these laws.
May we say with apostle Paul, I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
It is no longer I that lives, but it is Christ alive in me. My life is a manifestation of His works, that produces victory and excellence in all I do.
Philippians 4:13 ” I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”.
Romans 8:3-4 ” For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”