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0972133348
Trade Paperback
60 pages
Sep 2004
A Pocket Publication

The Ten Commandments for Beginners

by David W. New

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Excerpt:

What would the world be like if everyone honored the Ten Commandments?

Suppose people suddenly began to follow the Ten Commandments, how would that affect your life?

Would it matter if they only made a good faith effort to keep the Commandments? Absolutely Yes!

If we took the Ten Commandments as seriously as we take making money, the quality of life on this planet would improve for everyone. Even if we only made a good faith effort to keep the Ten Commandments, our world would experience the greatest rebirth since the Creation. We could even taste a piece of heaven itself. This is what Godís moral law can do for us.

God has said that His Word never returns to Him void. If America returned to Godís moral law, this nation would enjoy the greatest spiritual and material prosperity the world has ever seen. Obviously, there are powerful groups like the ACLU who would not like to see this happen. But it could happen.

It is doubtful that the nations of the world will ever be interested in the Ten Commandments, but thankfully millions of Americans are. Many of us believe that the blessings America has received will continue only if we honor Godís moral law. God has promised a rich reward to any nation that honors His laws. "Righteousness exalts a nation. But sin is a reproach to any people," Solomon said. If "We The People" return to the moral and spiritual foundations of our Constitution, then it is certain that God will exalt America before the nations of the world.

In addition, there is a rich reward for anyone who honors His laws as well. If you and I were the only people on earth interested in the Ten Commandments, God would bless us just the same. Our lives would prosper. Our minds and bodies would be blessed. We would become the kind of people God wants us to be.

There is a story in the Gospels of a woman who had a horrible disease in her body. One day she reached out and touched the fringes of Jesusí clothes. These fringes which Jesus wore were very special. They were a symbol of Godís commandments. Jewish men were commanded by God to wear fringes with their clothes. (Num. 15:37-41). When she reached out and touched the fringes, the symbol of Godís commandments which included the Ten Commandments, she instantly was healed in her body. Dear reader, if you reach out and touch the fringes of His garments, your life will be blessed as well. This is Godís promise to you.

The purpose of this booklet is to provide the reader with a quick and easy way to understand the Ten Commandments. I assume the reader knows little or nothing about these precious jewels. However, if you can read at a junior high reading level, you can easily understand the lessons in this booklet. The grammar is basic. New and unusual words are defined.

This booklet was written primarily for young people, but older readers can enjoy these lessons as well.

There are four lessons in this booklet. This first lesson provides the reader with the Jewish view of the Ten Commandments. The second lesson explains the meaning of each of the Ten Commandments. In this lesson we answer the question: "What Have The Ten Commandments Done For Me?" Here we learn the countless ways we have benefited from the Ten Commandments. The second lesson is the most important lesson in this booklet.

In the third lesson, we will learn about the great contributions the Ten Commandments have made to American law. For example, consider the words "Equal Justice Under Law" which appear on the outside of the U.S. Supreme Court building. Most Americans are unaware that the concept of "Equal Justice Under Law" is a religious concept. It did not originate from secularism. The Ten Commandments taught us that everyone is equal under the law. The third lesson will conclude by answering the question: Should religious values influence the U.S. Constitution? Finally, we will consider the issue of the display of the Ten Commandments on public property and Judge Roy Moore.

I am confident that the reader will have a much better understanding of the Ten Commandments after reading this booklet.

Let us begin.