Ten Commandments in the Bible

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When people think of the Ten Commandments, they often think of the film by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Charlton Heston as Moses. They may also think of lessons learned in Sunday School, but rarely are the Ten Commandments thought of in terms of God reaching out to man to form the basis of an eternal friendship.

God brought the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt in 1446 BC, and immediately gave them the rules to follow to have a moral, well functioning society even as they lived in the wilderness for forty years. Moses went to the top of Mount Sinai and God inscribed the tablets with the Ten Commandments.

The commandments are the rules that God wanted the Israelites and all of us to follow.

Here are the Ten Commandments from the King James Version of the Bible:

1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.


2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.


3. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.


4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.


5. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.


6. Thou shalt not kill.


7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.


8. Thou shalt not steal.


9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

Ten Commandments define a moral society

People have debated the meaning of these commandments for centuries. Some regard them as a rigid set of rules and regulations, while others describe them as suggestions. Most would agree, that they are a set of morals that we all should follow to live a joyous and free life.

If we love God, then we will want to follow His commandments. God, as our creator, knows what is good for us and striving to follow these commandments helps us to live well.

Impossible to follow on our own

The Ten Commandments are the perfect set of standards one must adhere to in order to gain entrance into heaven. Disobeying the commandments is how sin is defined. If we covet what our neighbor has, we are sinning. If we worship false idols or prophets that is also sin.

Jesus knew, of course, that nobody can keep them, we as fallen humans are not able to avoid sinning and breaking the commandments. He also knew that only perfection would be allowed in His Father’s kingdom.

That is why we needed Jesus, our Messiah, to be willing to die on the cross and rise on the third day for us. His death and resurrection allows us enter into God’s kingdom with our sins covered by the sacrifice of Jesus. It all starts by understanding God’s law as outlined in His Ten Commandments.

Judaism is defined by the commandments

The Commandments were given to the Israelites, three weeks after their exodus from captivity in Egypt, the beginning of Judaism was taking shape. God directed Moses how worship was to be done, sacrifices to be made and from those original Ten Commandments, 613 individual laws were established.

The prophets over the ages would warn the people when they were falling away from God. After God gave Israel the commandments in the desert, the rest of the books of the Old Testament describe Israel’s disobedience. The Bible outlines a long history of Israel turning to God, turning away from God and then turning back again. The relationship between man and God was formalized.

God introduced sacrifice as atonement for sin

Because it was not possible to keep the commandments, God established a system whereby people could offer a sacrifice, a substitution shedding of blood to cover their sins.

Before fleeing Egypt, the first Passover was established. The people were instructed to take a perfect lamb, a first born, male, without blemish from the flock. God was very specific about this. The sacrifice was made. The blood was painted on the doorposts of houses and angel of death would pass over the house.

This became a yearly ritual. The shedding of blood to cover sins. It was the same thing that God did in the Garden of Eden, when He killed an animal and gave the skins to Adam and Eve to cover themselves. It was a foreshadowing of the ultimate sacrifice, Jesus, for all who believe.

God said He would write His commandments on our hearts. That is, for those who chose to follow Him, the Law is something to be embraced, a goal of heavenly perfection, shrived for our of love and desire to belong to God.

Ten Commandments give us a mirror into our lives

The Ten Commandments can also be like a mirror. By embracing the commandments men and women can look at themselves and see the truth of their lives. It is a warning system, reminding people to turn back to God and rekindle their relationship. It is a way for man to see the Holiness and perfection of God.

Because perfection is required for heaven, and because people are incapable of reaching that perfection, it becomes obvious that what separates man from God is man’s sin. Man’s debt for that sin cannot be repaid. It is impossible. Because of sin, man does not deserve heaven, can’t earn his way to heaven and cannot buy his way into heaven.

Jesus and His Resurrection redeem us from our sin

The penalty of sin leads us to the major point of the Bible—the Lord Jesus Christ. God loves us. He does not desire that we should perish. But He is Holy and perfect and the price for sin must be paid, otherwise He is a liar.

Rather than sacrificing man, God chose to sacrifice His own Son. The ultimate purpose of the Ten Commandments is they point the way to the Messiah.

The Ten Commandments, often overlooked as a lesson for children, are so much more. They point to Christ. They bind us to God. They are meant for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Who wrote the Bible?

Authors of the Bible

The bible was written by over 40 authors across 1400 years. Because the early books of the Bible were written more than 1400 years before Christ was born, it is not known for certain who the authors are.

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The Bible is the inspired word of God

The Bible is the inspired word of God and, although written by many different authors, is one consistent story. The Bible tells the story of human kind, their relationship to God, and their fall from grace due to rebellion and sin.

It also tells of the redemption of human kind, through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. The story of the Bible is told almost exclusively by following the race of people which God created, known as the Israelites, Hebrews or Jews.

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Chart of Bible authors for each book

Here is a chart which outlines the major authors of the Bible:

Book ……………. Authors

GenesisMoses
ExodusMoses
LeviticusMoses
NumbersMoses
DeuteronomyMoses
JoshuaJoshua
JudgesSamuel
RuthUnknown
1 and 2 SamuelUnknown
1 and 2 ChroniclesEzra
Ezra, NehemiahEzra
EsterUnknown
JobUnknown Israelite
PsalmsDavid, Asaph, Ezra, Ethan, Heman and several others
ProverbsSolomon, Agur, and Lemuel
EcclesiastesSolomon
Song of SolomonSolomon (probably)
IsaiahIsaiah
JeremiahJeremiah
LamentationsJeremiah
EzekielEzekiel
DanielDaniel
HoseaHosea
JoelJoel
AmosAmos
ObadiahObadiah
JonahJonah
MicahMicah
NahumNahum
HabakkukHabakkuk
ZephaniahZephaniah
HaggaiHaggai
ZechariahZechariah
MalachiMalachi
New Testament
MatthewMatthew
MarkMark
LukeLuke
JohnJohn
ActsLuke
RomansPaul
1, 2 CorinthiansPaul
GalatiansPaul
EphesiansPaul
PhilippiansPaul
ColossiansPaul
1, 2 ThessaloniansPaul
1, 2 TimothyPaul
TitusPaul
PhilemonPaul
HebrewsPaul, Luke, Barnabas, Apollos
JamesJames brother of Jesus
1, 2 PeterPeter
1, 2, 3 JohnJohn
JudeJude brother of Jesus
RevelationJohn the Apostle

How old is the Bible?

Age of the Bible

The Bible is one of the oldest books in the world. How old the Bible is exactly, is often disputed. But most believe, that the first five books of the the Bible, Genesis through Deuteronomy, were written by Moses during his time in the wilderness in 1400’s BC.

Because the Bible was written in ancient times exact dates are not known. Scholars have, however, put an approximate date on Moses receiving the Ten Commandments. They believed it happened in 1446 BC. Scholars have also put dates on other major events from the first books of Bible. Below is a list of those dates and the key events:

Age of key events in the Bible

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God created heaven and earth.

Before 4000 BC: Creation of man

In the beginning God created heaven and earth. He said let there be light and there was light.Read More →

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Cain kills Abel

Before 3000 BC: Cain Kills Abel

After the Fall of Man evil, jealous and murder become part of the human experience. Cain is jealous of his brother so he kills him.Read More →

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The Flood

Before 2500 BC: The Great Flood

God became so angry at the wickedness of His creation that He destroyed all but a few.Read More →

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the offering of Isaac

2054 BC: Abraham

Abraham, in obedience to God offers his son as a sacrifice to God.Read More →

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Jacob becomes Israel

1906 BC: Israel Born

God creates His chosen race Israel and begins the linage of Jesus Christ with Jacob. Jacob’s sons and grandsons will be the 12 tribes of Israel, and be called the Israelites.Read More →

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Joseph reveals his identity

1875 BC: Israel in Egypt

God creates His chosen race Israel and begins the linage of Jesus Christ with Jacob. Jacob’s sons and grandsons will be the 12 tribes of Israel, and be called the Israelites.Read More →

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Egypt has ten plagues

1446 BC: Moses in Egypt

Pharaoh’s disobedience to God caused the ten plagues of Egypt. The first Passover happen and allowed Moses to begin to lead Israel out of slavery.Read More →

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Moses Recieves the Commandments

1446 BC: God Gives 10 Commandments

God gives Moses the Ten Commandments and shows us how to live within His law.Read More →

What is the Bible?

The Bible
…and the Word became Flesh

The Bible is a book written by men and inspired by God to document how and why the human race was created. It tells us what is good and what is evil. What we should do with our lives and what we should not do. In short, it is the complete handbook for being human and learning to live the life that God has intended for us.

The Bible has been written by over 40 different authors over 1400 years. But, because it is divinely inspired, it is perfect and has no inconsistencies or contradictions. It’s beautifully written and has the most captivating story every written.

It tells the story of Jesus and how God, in love, sacrificed His son so that we can live. It tells of the redemption of the human race and how we can connect with God and Jesus even though we are imperfect and sinful. It explains that we have the choice to follow God’s plan of salvation and eternal life, or make our own choices and deal with life’s difficulties our own way.

The main theme of the Bible is LOVE

Love is the main theme of the Bible. God loves us, Jesus loves us and we are called to love each other as we love ourselves and God. The Golden Rule: “Do onto others as you would have them do onto you” is the simple message of the Bible.

The Bible, when studied and understood, teaches us how to follow the Golden Rule even though man is by nature sinful and hard to love. It shows us how to pray and seek God through Jesus enabling the Holy Spirit to transform us.

With God’s love, we allow Jesus to awaken the Holy Spirit within us, and transform us into people who are loving, kind, gentle, faithful, patient, peaceful, joyous, good, and who have self-control.

Understanding the Bible allows us to enhance our relationship with God our father, Jesus His son, and through the Holy Spirit’s direction, how to live a fulfilling life in an evil and destructive world. This may seem impossible but it is not.

No matter what our circumstances, God meets us where we are at and allows His son Jesus to connect with us. In Christ we are a new creation and our lives can change dramatically.

The Bible is infinite

Because God is infinite the Bible is infinite. It explains the beginning of time and the end of time. It shows us that God and Jesus have always been and will always be. It outlines all of human history from the beginning to the end. It shows us that God is all-powerful, all-loving and all-knowing.

We as humans, have a limited and finite view of the world and of God. The Bible, on the other hand, is a huge book that each of us can study everyday of our lives and still be just at the beginning of understanding. There is no other book created in human history that in any way compares to the immensity, beauty, thoroughness and complexity of the Bible.

That’s why reading and understanding the Bible is so critical and wonderful at the same time. It opens up the world to us in a way that nothing else can. God, because He loves us, is seeking us. Understanding the Bible opens up God to us for a completely wonderful transformation.

Beginning to study the Bible can be difficult

We have created this website as an introductory guide to the Bible. On our home page, we have outlined a timeline of critical events in the Bible and human history that explain how God, through His infinite love and grace, has delivered Jesus to us. The timeline additionally outlines what Jesus did when He came to earth. How He took our place and died for our sins so we can have a sinless relationship with God.

Reading through our timeline hopefully will give you enough of an understanding of the Bible to allow you to begin you journey toward understanding all that it has to offer you. Please visit our home page The-Bible.net to begin your life-long journey.

Best Bible To Read

Best Bible

So, what Bible am I supposed to read? There are many versions, many different translations and some paraphrases.

If you really want to get to the heart of the Bible, try reading it in the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. But that isn’t an option for most of us, so we have to find a trustworthy version. There are many.

Some version of the Bible are direct, literal translations from the original text. Others are “concept accurate,” meaning they strive to give us the meaning of the passage, rather than the word-for-word translation.

The question then becomes, what are you comfortable with? Because there are so many, we will limit this conversation to a handful, just to give you a quick look.

Please understand that the author of the Bible is God, and because God is the author, He is also the protector and guardian of His Word.

WARNING: God created man. Man did not create God. Over the centuries people have wanted to change the word of God to suit their own agendas, be it political, gender-inclusive, or personal preference.

Thomas Jefferson, for example, edited out portions of the Bible because he didn’t agree. Some want to eliminate the reference to God the Father, in favor of God the Parent.

The BIG problem with changing the Bible to suit our own viewpoint is that the Bible was written by God, through man, and man has no right to change the text.

RECOMMENDATION: It is not uncommon for followers of the Lord Jesus Christ to own and read two, three or more different versions of the Bible. Because the Bible is the inspired Word of God, given to its authors by divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Bible should be read with divine assistance from the Holy Spirit.

Passages need to be prayed over, questioned, pondered, discussed and reread. Is there a directive? Is there a promise? Is there a blessing? The Bible is alive and new meaning pours out of every page the more times it is read.

Therefore, regardless of the version you prefer, God will not allow His Word to escape your ability to understand, to reason and to search for the meaning.

The King James

The 17th Century English of the King James Bible remains enormously popular, but can be difficult to follow at times. The first edition came out in 1611 and was very well received throughout Europe. At the time it was the most scholarly translation ever done, but it was the accessibility of the King James that made it so popular.

Many people I knew learned their Bible verses through the King James, and even though they read other versions, they will recite the Lord’s prayer in the old English. The 23rd Psalm is most beautiful from the King James.

There is a new King James, but this new version falls far short of its 1611 form and contains many theological differences. If King James is good for you, stick to the original.

New International Version (NIV)

This is a very popular English version and has sold nearly a half billion copies worldwide. The text translation is easy to read and in the United States, it is second only to the King James in its number of readers.

It is an appealing version for those who want clear text. It was translated from the Original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. The NIV study Bibles are excellence reference guides.

This is the Bible version most often recommended for people who speak English. It is our first choice because it is widely available and easier to understand the some of the old English of the King James Version.

In a survey done in 2014 in the United States, 55% of survey respondents who read the Bible reported using the King James Version, followed by 19% for the New International Version, with other versions used by fewer than 10%.

Revised Standard Version (RSV)

The New Revised Standard Version is the version most commonly preferred by biblical scholars.

English Standard Version (ESV)

This is a revision of the RSV, but is not as widely read.

New Living Translation (NLT)

The NLT is easy to read. It was commissioned in 1989 and the purpose was to create a version that was true to the original text, yet understandable.

The Amplified Bible

This is easy to read and contains additional text an footnotes. For example, the Gospel of John begins, “In the beginning (before all time) was the Word (Christ) and the Word was with God and the Word was God (Himself).

The bold words are the ones added by the editors. You can see the intention is to bring clarity and understanding to the reader. As its name implies, the amplified version is intended to give additional information to the reader.

The Fall of Man

The Fall

What Happened

Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. They fell from God’s grace.

Why it matters

The fall caused God to cast the human race out from the garden because of our sin and disobedience.

Bible Verse

To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

“Cursed is the ground because of you;

    through painful toil you will eat food from it

    all the days of your life.

18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,

    and you will eat the plants of the field.

19 By the sweat of your brow

    you will eat your food until you return to the ground,

since from it you were taken;

for dust you are

    and to dust you will return.”

Genesis 3:17-19

Why it matters to you

God gave Adam and Eve the choice to love God or to disobey Him, they choose to disobey Him. Their terrible choice caused God to send them away and to allow them to feel the consequences of their disastrous decision. We are all still living with the negative consequences of that terrible choice.

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The Fall of Man

God created man in his own image, to love and cherish in a close, personal relationship. The first man was Adam. God determined that he should not be alone, so he caused him to fall asleep and created a woman, Eve, by taking one of Adam’s ribs. He created a utopia, a place for the first couple to live and raise a family. Every possible thing they would ever need was there for them. The beasts roamed free, but they were no threat and would not cause harm. Imagine being able to pet a tiger without fear of being eaten. It was the perfect place.

God gave Adam and Eve free will to choose they actions.

However, God also gave His first couple free will, to determine their own ideas and actions. This is essential, because God wants a free relationship with us, not one that is forced upon us. One of the creatures was a serpent. Even before God created the universe, as we know it today, he created the Heavenly Host, a large throng of angels to attend to his throne.

One of those angels, Lucifer, wanted to be like God and led a rebellion against Him. He took a third of the hosts with him, but failed in his takeover plot. He and his followers were cast down to the earth, out of the glory of heaven. Lucifer (Satan, the devil, Beelzebub) entered into the serpent and went to work on God’s first couple.

God gave them everything.

Even though everything was created for man, there was one tree that God said was not to be eaten from. It was the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God said they could have EVERYTHING else, but not that one because it would cause their death.

The serpent, which Satan had entered, appeared and appealed to Eve’s pride and questioned whether God really said they should not eat of that tree. “You will NOT surely die,” he said to her. She took the bait. She ate of the fruit, then gave some to Adam.

Their disobedience lead to a separation from God. The perfect relationship, the perfect utopia, was soiled. They were suddenly embarrassed by their nakedness, so God killed an animal to give them covering. It was the first death, one of an innocent creature, to pay for man’s wrongdoing. That theme would continue.

Adam and Eve willing went against God resulting in their being driven out of the perfect garden God had created for them. Sin entered the world.

They willfully disobeyed God.

Adam and Eve willingly went against God. They doubted the goodness of God. They doubted His love. The doubted His provision, even though every evidence was to the contrary. They exercised their free will and defied God. It establishes the rest of the story.

How can God reconcile man to Himself? God created all things. He made the rules. Everything was perfect, then the bond was broken. His perfection, His holiness, His word was challenged, just as Lucifer challenged it. Adam and Eve had their own, personal relationship with God and now it was shattered. They were no different from us.

Human nature has not changed from the dawn of time.

Think of this– the only thing that has not changed since the dawn of time is human nature. Technology changes. Culture changes. Climate changes. People are people, no matter where or when they live.

We are all responsible for our own actions and we all have the free will to either accept or reject God. God said that he would put enmity (hatred, hostility, ill will) between man and the serpent. (Satan) That is a clue of the great plan that would follow, to make man perfect again and restore our close, perfect, personal relationship with the creator of the universe.

What you may not know

The Fall of Man continues to affect each of us daily. Adam and Eve’s disobedience are the origins of all evil in our world today.

The Creation

God created heaven and earth.

What Happened

God created heaven and earth. He create light and dark, all of oceans and seas, the animals and finally man and woman.

Why it matters

We are created by God in His image for his purposes. He loves us and wants the best for us if we are willing to seek Him and follow His rules.

Bible Verse

 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

Genesis Chapter 1

Why it matters to you

You have been created by God, in His image, regardless of whether or not you know it, and He LOVES you.

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In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

Genesis 1:1

The Book of Genesis (Hebrew meaning “in the beginning”) is the first book of the Bible and says that God created the universe in six days, then rested on the seventh day. It doesn’t say how he did it, other than he ‘spoke’ it into existence.

It doesn’t necessarily explain how long it took and this has been the subject of debate for countless centuries. From the very start, we are invited to take God at His word, by faith.

On Day 1, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was covered by water.

On Day 2, God separated the waters that covered the earth. Some of the waters formed the atmosphere, the sky, while other waters covered the globe.

On Day 3, God created dry land and and gathered the waters into one place, the oceans. Then he created vegetation, seed-bearing plants and trees.

On Day 4, God said ‘let there be lights in the vault of the sky,’ and he created the sun, to illuminate the earth by day. He also made the stars, to give light by night and to separate light from darkness.

On Day 5, God created the creatures of the sea and the birds of the air.

On Day 6, God created land animals, and directed them to reproduce according to their kind. God said “Let us create man in our own image, in our likeness.” On Day 7, God rested.

The Bible is not a science book.

The Bible is not a science book, but we can see from Genesis that all creatures reproduce according to their kind. Horses do not reproduce with Tigers. Within a kind, animals can reproduce, such as crossing a donkey with a horse and getting a mule. Charles Darwin offered an hypothesis in the mid n1800’s that creatures evolved. Darwin said that man descended from apes.

The Bible says that all creatures were created by God, individually, and that man held a very special place in that creation. Scientists argue both for and against evolution, but it is strongly believed by many that evolution is scientifically impossible. Could God have used evolution to create man? No. Because God created man in his own image, on purpose, by design, not by trial and error.

Genesis is the basis for the entire Bible.

The Book Genesis is the basis of the entire Bible, the very foundation from which all of human history is based. The Creation account is important because it shows that God did everything on purpose, for a very specific reason. This is important because we were created in His image, making us the prize of His creation.

As you continue in the Book of Genesis, you will discover that each story, each small piece of human experience, is essential to the rest of the Biblical account. Read carefully and you will see that Genesis will tell the story of God’s unfolding for mankind. It’s depth is endless and understanding the Creation will help makes sense of everything else that is to follow.

What you may not know

Jesus in referenced at creation as the Word and referenced throughout the Bible. Jesus was there at the beginning.