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Since god is our Creator, we owe Him obedience. The Lord gives us laws, and we must obey them because it is our duty as rational creatures. Even before the fall, we were required to obey God, and that demand did not pass away once Adam sinned.

If we owe God obedience because we are creatures, how much more should we want to freely be obedient in light of all that He has done for us? The Lord could have left us all to die in our sin and misery and to suffer His wrath eternally, but He did not do that. He sent His only begotten Son to reconcile us to Him. Seeking to obey Him, in fact, is the least we can do to give Him the thanks He is due.

This month, our study of Exodus brings us to 20:1–13, which describes how the Lord gave the first six of the Ten Commandments to Israel. We will see how God’s giving of the law only after saving His people from slavery demonstrates that we do not merit salvation by keeping the commandments. We will also work our way through the first six commandments, getting a taste of their comprehensiveness so that we will begin to understand how God’s law addresses all of life.


Abiding in the Word
  • Exodus 20:2
  • Matthew 6:9
  • Hebrews 4:9
  • Matthew 5:21–22
  • Exodus 20:14

The Main Themes of Scripture

The Place of the Decalogue

Keep Reading Salt and Light

From the July 2022 Issue
Jul 2022 Issue