There are two sets of 10 Commandments in the Bible! Seriously. You’ll remember the ones that start with “Thou shalt” or “Thou shalt not” and maybe Cecil B. Demille’s reverberating ‘G-a-w-d’ voice. Regular readers may also remember we are preparing to teach Genesis in our upcoming sessions of the Mathes Pastor Training School. And how are these things connected?
Genesis 1 contains 10 commandments of God. They are not THE 10 commandments, but they are God’s FIRST 10 commandments. Funny thing is, every time “God said” it was done. He gave 10 commandments that weren’t broken. They never will be broken. ONE of them is the command for living things to bring forth fruit ‘after its kind.’ This unbroken commandment is why you’ve never seen (and never will) a pig give birth to a litter of kittens. Evolutionists need to study this one!
After God commanded the ground to bring forth plants, each after its kind, He said, “It is good.” Nothing in God’s Word is accidental or mistaken. Why does His “It is good” not appear until Gen. 1:12? A likely reason is something Christians desperately need to imitate.
What was the pinnacle of God’s creation? Man. Before there was land and plant life, Man could not have survived on the earth. “It is good” was connected to God’s purpose. The Earth needed to be habitable by God’s ultimate creation.
What is His purpose in the world today? Man. Specifically, it’s redeeming rebels and turning them into worshipers. How does He do that? Through you and me and other Christians, i.e., the Church. Do the people God wants to redeem find the Church habitable? Do we look remotely appealing to them? (No, I’m not suggesting compromise. Far from it.)
We say “It is good,” but is it? Does who we are, and what we say, match our God-given mission and purpose? There is a solution! God’s first 10 commandments have never been broken and His ‘official’ 10 Commandments have never been kept (except by Jesus). See the problem? If you do, you can see a solution! Think about it!