The 12 Days of Christmas Day 10
Ten Lords a Leaping
I am the Lord you God… You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything… You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal.
On the tenth day of Christmas, my true Love gave to me ten Lord’s a-leaping. That image may be a bit difficult for us to relate to, but these leaping guys are Lords. They are important and have authority. And the whole picture takes us to ten commandments that are important for life and they have authority because they all come from God.
Before we say much about the Ten Commandments let’s think about this. It’s very difficult to behave as a believer or as a good person until we become a believer or a good person. Being precedes behaving.
Perhaps one of the greatest lessons we learn from the “10 Commandments” is that we cannot behave until we become. God gave Moses these Ten Commandments to give to the Hebrews (Israelites) who had come through the Red Sea. These are ten commandments that will make life work and work well. The problem, however, is that until God makes us a new person, these ten commandments are difficult to obey. One purpose of the Ten Commandments was to show us that we cannot do what God wants us to do until we become what God wants us to be.
The problem is sin. We keep disobeying. So, God made a way for us to deal with our bad behavior. Jesus came to live the life we are called to live, die for the life we’re not to live and rise us to give us the life God wants us to live by the presence & power of His Holy Spirit working in us and through us.
If we start with the Ten Commandments and leave it up to us we will fail. But if we will start with God and live it up in the Holy Spirit we will succeed. Finding the Ten Commandments (the law) tell us that we need God and fulfilling the Ten Commandments tells us that we have God. It’s a Holy Spirit life and once again it’s a learning process so don’t be deterred from what God can and will do in you.
What say you?