Exodus 20 – Identity Crisis

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“…and I am out with lanterns, looking for myself.” — Emily Dickinson

Exodus 20 records God giving to Moses the Ten Commandments.

There first four commandments define our ideal relationship with God.

  • You shall have no other gods before me
  • You shall not make for yourself an idol
  • You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God
  • Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy

The last six commandments define our ideal relationship with each other.

  • Honor your father and your mother
  • You shall not murder
  • You shall not commit adultery
  • You shall not steal
  • You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor
  • You shall not covet

You may have heard we Christians are no longer under the law, meaning our relationship with God does not depend on following the laws communicated to Moses from God.

Which of the Ten Commandments are you not required to follow? 

In His teachings Jesus covered all but keeping the Sabbath. So while our relationship with God depends on our acceptance of Jesus as savior, we are expected to follow the commands of Jesus. Those commands include at least nine of the Ten Commandments.

What does all this have to do with that quote from Emily Dickinson? We have an identity as Christians. However most of us are still “looking for myself” in that we are still learning what activities and attitudes should be part of that identity.

The Ten Commandments, as well as the rest of the laws of Moses, accomplished two things.

  • They revealed God’s perfect standard for His children.
  • They convicted us of our inability to live up to that standard.

The law pointed humanity to Jesus. 

If you’re “…out with lanterns, looking for myself” accept that you are not able to live up to God’s perfect standard. Then accept the perfection of Jesus in place of your own imperfection.

Find your identity in Jesus.

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