I want to begin this study by reading the Ten and then talk about why God gave the Ten Commandments in the first place.
In Exodus 19 a nation of 2 million people all at once heard the voice of God and from Him directly received their law.
The events in that desert in some fashion makes every person in all of history and every nation and culture of this world uniquely accountable to Israel’s God.
The Ten Commandments are the heart of God’s law. These laws are not dependent on cultural values or norms. These laws are universal laws and are always in effect in all cultures at all times.
In order to understand this command we need to understand what it means to be in God’s presence and what the God of Israel actually thinks about the many deities that surrounded the nation.
Our temptation is that we want to create God and then after having done that worship what our own hands have made. Indeed idolatry is a worship of self.
Commit that you will not introduce the name of God into your speech except to pray, or to express praise or to bring glory to that name.
God instituted Sabbath to bless the lives of men and women and not to add another burden onto their lives.
To honour them means to show them respect. It means we don’t mock them or curse them. It means we show kindness to them.