Thursday, Dez 12, 2019. How do you understand God? You could start to read the bible, and many of its parts will tell you a lot about the Lord.
Are there particular starting points, which can help you to learn more about him? Yes, there are various such starting points. One of them are the 10 commandments, which are recorded in Mose 2, Chapter 20 (and further places). They are the background and basis for many other parts such as the Beatitudes of Jesus in Matthew 5-7.
This morning, I would like to take the first commandment as a discussion point. Of course, there have been various books and sermons on the 10 commandments. They are attributed to Moses, which means that they have been recorded about 1400 BC. What is their core idea and purpose?
Only one God …
The 10 commandments start with God himself, and with our relationship to God. It is said:
And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods besides me. (2 Mose 20, 3)
God is a liberator. He is a God of freedom. He is a God of dignity. He is a God of historical relevance, he is in the middle of our life and our history.
But the first commandment also comes with a clear order. Do not have other Gods besides me. God is the only God. There is no other God. There are things or beings which want to take the role of God in our life. But if that takes place, it is very bad for us. Why? Since we are off reality. With God not being God in our life any more, we follow illusions and lies. That cannot be a good basis for life.
God and Ethics …
It is very interesting to compare the composition of the 10 commandments with the struggle of modern mankind with ethics. Here, it is said that the first thing is to realize that God is God. Then, it is important to realize that God is good. And with him being love, being truth, being faithfullness, also ethical rules come. In him, there is appreciation and dignity. Honour your father and mother. Do not murder. Do not commit adultery. Do not steal. Do not bear false witness. Do not covet your neighbours house or wife or anything of him.
The ethics of the 10 commandments reflect who God is.
The ethics of the 10 commandments come from him. They can also lead us to him. They can tell us about him. They can attract us to him. They are his footprint and the desire of his heart.
Christian faith is more than ethics. It is a relationship. It is about all layers of our life, from birth to death to eternity. But as free beings our choices and our desires are important to us, and the character of God is important to us. Companionship and fellowship are in the center of who we are. And God wants to be our fellow and companion - even if he is a special fellow as the eternal creator and ultimate goal. (Roland Potthast)
This is part of the trilogy project “Faith of a Scientist”.