First & Second Commandment

“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.

“You shall not make an image and bow down to it.”

Hello friends. Today we are going to be talking about the first two of the Ten Commandments. It’s arguable that the first commandment is the most powerful statement in the entire Bible. You will see when we read it, that if you take it to heart, it is setting the stage for everything that will follow in the Ten Commandments but also set the stage for the foundation of God’s work throughout the entire Bible.

Let’s turn to Exodus chapter 20, and we are going to read the First Commandment. I am starting in verse 2 of Exodus 20. “I am the Lord Your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.”

These were the first words of God about the Ten Commandments. He brought them out of Egypt, and He was their God.

He goes on to say in verse 3: “You shall have no other gods before Me.”

Absolutely nothing is to come above God.

These are the words of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ’s name is the Logos, which means “the Word.” We know this from the gospel of John. The entire Bible was inspired by Him. These words are the foundation. When God says there is nothing to come above Me, He means nothing to come before Jesus Christ. That’s the starting point there for true wisdom and knowledge. It is also the beginning and the reference point for our relationship with God. It also tells us who is in charge, it is Jesus Christ—the Creator of all things. This makes that commandment the basis for Jesus Christ’s authority throughout the word of God.

The First Commandment is explained and illuminated by the Second Commandment, so let’s read the Second Commandment, starting in verse 4. Exodus chapter 20, verse 4: “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”

Christ goes on to tell us here what it means to put something between us and Him. He said, I don’t want you worshipping anything else. I don’t want you bowing down to anything else. I don’t want you making any images carved or otherwise of anything on the earth, under the sea, or in the heavens above, and put it between you and God. In other words, no idol—nothing—is to come above Jesus Christ and our relationship to Him. Nothing comes between us and Him as God.

That explains how important the First Commandment is and how to keep it properly. We are not to let anything come between us and Jesus Christ. There is nothing physical on the land, under the sea, in the air, or in the heavens that surround the earth that should come between us and God. Nor should we make an image and worship or bow down before it. Nothing created would also include angels and/or fallen angels that we call demons.

These are very straight forward commands. They are very simple and straight forward. Yet today we find ourselves having to do a lot of explaining, because so few people properly understand the meaning and the power and the authority behind these two commands.

Around the world people are breaking these commandments constantly. The majority I do believe are unaware that they are doing it. There are four basic reasons these commandments are getting broken on a regular basis. The first one is that some are totally unaware of the commandments. They don’t even know they exist, whether it’s because they are uneducated and have no Bibles in their language or they are pagan, so they have only been exposed to pagan worship. There is a segment of the population on the earth that literally has never heard of the Ten Commandments. That I believe is a shrinking segment of mankind.

The second group would be Christians who feel that the law—the Ten Commandments—were done away. Often they say, they were “nailed to the cross.” These people literally don’t think the commandments are in force anymore.

The third group is commandment keepers who are following an altered set of the Ten Commandments. Literally they are a changed version of God’ law.

The fourth group would encompass all those people who couldn’t care less and who have made a conscious decision to avoid, break, or not keep God’s laws. This would obviously include atheist and humanists who feel they just don’t matter. They are irrelevant. In some cases they even think they are evil.

Each of these four groups need to be addressed in a different way.

The first group that is unaware needs to be educated. They need to be able to read, first of all, and they need God’s word in their language. They need the Bible, but they also need to be taught the correct version of the Ten Commandments.

The second group needs to be shown that God’s laws are indeed enforced. They have never been done away. They are essential to the proper running of planet earth and indeed eventually the universe. Whole studies have been dedicated to this on our websites. This entire website that you are listening to at the moment——is dedicated to proving and showing that God’s laws are in effect and still have God’s authority behind them. Let’s look at two Scriptures to back that up.

I am turning to the gospel of John chapter 14, verse 15. Christ says here, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

Christians are called Christians because supposedly they love Christ. They want to please Him. They want to be in accord with Him. He says, if you do love Me, keep My commandments.

Now I want to turn to the epistle of John, I John. If you go back in your Bible toward the end, turn to I John chapter 2, verse 3. John says this well after Christ died: “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

Well after Christ’s death, John said we must keep the commandments to show our love for Jesus Christ. That’s how we know that we know Him, if we love and keep Him by keeping His Ten Commandments.

That should be enough said about having to keep the commandments and that they are not done away. If you need more proof, look it up in some of our other booklets or articles or sermons on the subject. We go into great detail from God’s word about how God’s commandments are still in force today and indeed always will be.

The third group are those who keep the commandments but have altered them in some way or are following them in an altered fashion, and maybe don’t realize it. This is the group we want to address now. I want to go back to Matthew chapter 5 for the words of Jesus Christ about His commandments and how He felt about changing or altering them. We are going to Matthew chapter 5.

Christ goes through The Beatitudes and then calls His disciples the light of the world. Indeed all Christians should be the light of the world. Afterward He goes on to explain how we share that light and how we shed that light to the world. It has to do with His commandments. We are starting in verse 17.

Matthew chapter 5, verse 17: “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”

Obviously the heavens, the solar system, the universe, and the earth are all still here. The word of God—the commandments—should never have been altered.

Continuing in verse 19 of Matthew 5: “Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

There you have it. Christ said don’t change a single thing about My commandments. They are unalterable. That’s right from the words of our Savior, Jesus Christ. That is the same person who said, if you love Me, keep My commandments.

Now let’s go back to Exodus 31 because we are going to find that God said they are eternal. Exodus chapter 31, verse 12: “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: “Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you.”’”

Keeping God’s Sabbaths which would include the weekly Sabbath and His annual high days, His high Sabbaths, are a sign between His followers and Himself, Jesus Christ.

Continuing in verse 14 of Exodus 31: “You shall keep the Sabbath, therefore, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people. Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.”

Keeping the Sabbath day is the Fourth Commandment, and it is covered in this series that you are watching now. You will find that that Sabbath is very sacred to God and can’t be changed, as stated by Jesus Christ’s own words. It is unalterable.

Verse 17: “‘It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.’ And when He had made an end of speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.”

That’s probably where we get the expression “written in stone.” In other words, forever. It is perpetual. There is no end to perpetual. That’s what Christ was saying. There are those who would twist God’s word and say that was for ancient Israel. When Christ was alive, he was speaking to everyone who would follow and love Him. He said, keep My commandments. The same Being who gave us the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai when He walked the earth said don’t change them, and if you love Me, keep them. It is for Christians also to keep the Ten Commandments. They are literally never going to be done away.

What happened? Why are so many Christians not observing God’s Sabbath—the seventh day of the week—or God’s holy days as written and outlined in His Bible? We have to look at history. Back in 325 and 326 A.D. a segment of Christianity altered the commandments with the cooperation, the authority, and the backing of the Roman government.

The Roman emperor Constantine called together a great council called the Council of Nicea in which he wanted to consolidate the power in his empire, which was weakening. He wanted the religious people to join him and have a powerful segment of the population support him and his government. In return he would give them what they wanted—the backing of the Roman government to settle a religious question of the day.

There was a segment of the population who was Christian and who did not want to look Jewish. As silly as that may sound—because Jesus Christ was Jewish and the twelve apostles were Jewish—you would think what’s the shame of looking like you’re following something that was given to the Jews by God? Anyway, that is what happened.

The result of that conference was that there were alterations to God’s law. They were picked up by that group of Christians which became the largest segment of Christianity on earth, and that was essentially what became the Catholic Church.

Here are some of the major changes that were instituted at the Council of Nicea. The Saturday Sabbath was switched to Sunday, which is observed by most Christians to this day. Icons were allowed into the church, in other words, statues and images of Jesus Christ and heavenly things. Angels and such were allowed into the churches to be, in some cases, venerated. In other cases they were just acknowledged. They were allowed in there, and Christ had said in that Second Commandment, do not make any image of a religious nature of anything in heaven above, on the earth, or under the sea. They also at that time accepted the Trinity as the three gods in the godhead instead of Jesus Christ and His Father, that Jesus Christ had often referenced during His ministry.

Also different was that holidays were instituted and backed by the Roman government instead of God’s holy days. An example that is very easy to follow is that of Passover. It is the first holy day of the year. We have studies and booklets on the holy days if you are interested in having more information. God said the first holy day of the year is the Passover, and Christianity, by and large, has changed that to the celebration of Easter, which you will find is not in the Bible anywhere.

These were massive changes, which is why there was a division in Christianity at that time. With the Roman government backing the segment of Christianity that wanted these changes, it became the law of the land. It became essentially the traditions of men. Let’s see what Jesus Christ had to say about the traditions of men.

I am going to Matthew chapter 15. There were traditions at the time of Christ when He walked the earth that were traditions of men that were not backing the commandments properly. Christ took them to task. I am speaking specifically of the Pharisees and the Sadducees of His time. Here is what He had to say about traditions of men.

We’re in Matthew chapter 15, verse 1: “Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, ‘Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.’ He answered and said to them, ‘Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? For God commanded, saying, “Honor your father and your mother”; and, “He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.” But you say, “Whoever says to his father or mother, ‘Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God’—then he need not honor his father or mother.” Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”’”

Honoring your father and mother is the Fifth Commandment. He said, you have changed that. You have altered that by your traditions. You have made My commandment of no effect. That is a serious charge from our Savior Jesus Christ who said, if you love Me, keep My commandments. He uttered them at Mount Sinai.

Christ was not happy with people who set up traditions that altered or changed or made of no effect His commandments.

Let’s go to Colossians. After Jesus Christ died, Colossians records for us what Paul had to say about traditions of men. Paul says this in Colossians chapter 2, verse 8: “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.”

He says, if you want to be in concert with the head of all principality and power, Jesus Christ, don’t let traditions come between you and what He had to say. It is very important to not let traditions alter the commandments of God, yet that is exactly what has been happening for the last 2,000 years.

From Mount Sinai in the 1500s B.C. until Christ walked the earth, the commandments themselves were not altered. People were setting up traditions that nullified them, but they did not change the actual writing or acceptance of the Ten Commandments. Today we find that people really do believe that Sunday is the Sabbath and that other holy days are the holy days, such as Easter and Christmas, which are not mentioned in the Bible anywhere. They are the opposite of what God wants us to be doing. We have set up our own holy days and our own traditions when we do that. We have done this for the last 1,700 years or so by following the dictates of Constantine at the Council of Nicea.

I want to prove this to you from a couple of sources—one secular source and one biblical source. The biblical source is the 1963 edition of the Catholic version of the Bible. It is the New Catholic Liturgical Bible. We are going to go to the Ten Commandments, and we are going to read the commandments out of the Catholic Bible. We are going to read the first two commandments.

“Then God delivered all these commandments: ‘I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. You shall not have other gods besides Me.’” That is a good rendering.

Verse 3: “You shall not have other gods besides Me. You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth; you shall not bow down before them or worship them. For I, the Lord, your God, am a jealous God, inflicting punishment for their fathers’ wickedness on the children of those who hate me, down to the third and fourth generation; but bestowing mercy down to the thousandth generation, on the children of those who love me and keep my commandments.”

That is a very good rendition of the first two of God’s commandments. But here is what they say in the margin notes in this Catholic version of the Bible. The notes about Exodus 20:1-17. “The precise division of these precepts into ‘Ten Commandments’ is somewhat uncertain.” That’s not what Christ said when He walked the earth. He said they were certain, and they should never be changed.

Going on it says, “Traditionally among Catholics Exodus 20:1-6 is considered as only one commandment, and Exodus 20:17 as two.” In other words, they combined the first two into one commandment, divided the tenth into two commandments, and they called the first two commandments of uncertain authority, therefore allowing them the room to change the tradition to Sunday. That also includes changing tradition of certain holy days.

That is exactly what Christ said not to do. Do not allow the traditions of men to change or alter or diminish the Ten Commandments.

Now I want to read from page 2 of the same version of the Bible—the Catholic Liturgical Bible. This is the preface. Here is what it says: “Inspired by the divine spirit, preserved and protected by the church, the sacred scriptures are unique in bringing mankind closer to God who made and loves all men.”

Here we see that the church, meaning themselves, are to protect the word of God because they are divinely inspired.

The second paragraph goes on to say: “You have great reverence for the truth, ever seek the means by deepening your understanding. You reach out to the sacred scriptures to understand the celebrations of the church, especially the sacrifice of the mass, the progression of the feasts in the church’s calendar, and the spirit of all our celebrations.”

In other words, the new holy days, the new traditions of men established at the Council of Nicea. It is fascinating, but that’s not what the Bible is for. The Bible is the word of God to establish the law and to make sure they are unaltered and never changed.

We see by their own verbiage here that they feel that they had the right to change God’s law and set up their own traditions to protect what they thought was important, the mass. I know today people who aren’t following the historical setting of how this all came to be don’t realize exactly why they are keeping Sunday. But at the end of the age, God wants His laws to be understood by all mankind. I do believe mankind is coming to the point where they are going to need to have God on their side to deliver them from the serious situation that mankind is beginning to face. It will take us loving God and obeying Him in order to be relieved of the pressures and tensions and the things that are happening on this earth that are so bad for the human race. We need to put God above all things and not have anything come between us and God. We need Him more than ever before. Therefore we need to get this right.

We are not trying to pick a fight. We are not trying to make an argument. We are just showing the facts of history and how things came to be altered. We can change this back and get into accordance with God and into agreement with Him. We need to keep His laws and therefore be blessed by Him, which is what we need today—God’s blessing. Our nations need the blessings of God to fight off the serious situations that we have, which I do believe are inspired by Satan to destroy the human race.

Having said that, we can see that we can go back and do this. It’s not hard. Just look at the Ten Commandments as they were delivered, and keep them! It’s actually very simple.

The second reference is a secular reference. I want to go to The World Book Encyclopedia and look at the Council of Nicea. This is the 2006 edition. We are going to page 402, which is the section on the Council of Nicea. Let’s read straight out of The World Book Encyclopedia.

“The Nicean Councils were two councils of the Christian church held in Nicea (now Iznik in northwest Turkey). In 325 Emperor Constantine called the first council to settle a dispute caused by the Arian views of the Trinity. Arius was a priest of Alexandria who believed that Christ is not of the same essence as God. The council adopted the so-called Nicea Creed. This declared that God and Christ as God are of the same essence. The council also fixed the time for observing Easter. In some regions the Christian Easter had been observed as the same day as the Jewish Passover. In others, Easter had been observed on the following Sunday.

“The Nicean creed summarized the chief articles of the Christian faith of the time. It is next to the oldest to the Apostles’ Creed and was adopted originally in the following form but has been amplified since.” It goes on to give a Catholic prayer that enunciates exactly what we just read.

The last paragraph on the section of the Council of Nicea is: “The second council was called in 787 A.D. by the Empress Irene and her son Constantine. The Emperor Leo, Irene’s deceased husband, had forbidden the use of images for any purpose.”

You can see that he was trying to get back to how the Ten Commandments were originally understood—not to have any idols, no images having to do with a religious base in the faith. Now the poor man had died, and this council was called together.

Continuing in the article: “The council was called because of opposition to the decree. The Empress revoked the decree after the council had laid down the principles governing the veneration of images.”

They brought the venerations and carved sculptures back into the Christian faith. That’s the true history. You see it from a Catholic source and from a secular source. We compare it with the word of God, and we see that God did not want His commandments altered or done away in any way, shape, or form.

When God says something is unchangeable, He means it. We are going to look at a fascinating set of Scriptures in the Book of Hebrews that helps us understand how immutable—how unchangeable are God and His commandments. We are going to Hebrews chapter 6.

Turn if you would, if you have a Bible, to the Book of Hebrews chapter 6. We will start reading in Hebrews 6, verse 13: “For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, ‘Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.’ And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.”

Abraham is considered the “father of the faithful” to this very day. Here is what God had to say about the promise that He gave Abraham.

Continuing in verse 16: “For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute.”

The principle of swearing an oath to affirm the truth goes way back in time. God says when I swear by something, I want it to be absolute.

Verse 17 of Hebrews 6: “Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”

Now we are bringing Christ our Savior into the picture. When God promised Abraham that His oath to him would be immutable—unchangeable—He said I will swear by two things. What are they? It is His name.

Verse 13: “For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself…”

If He swore by Himself and there were two immutable Beings, that’s Jesus Christ and God the Father. There is not a Trinity. The Holy Spirit is Their mind power.

There were two Beings from the beginning. You can go back to Genesis 1 and see that. God the Father and Jesus Christ made mankind in Their image, Jesus Christ being the Word, the Creator, and God the Father being above Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ acknowledged in His ministry that there was a Being above Him. Obviously if nothing we have on earth or any created thing can go above Christ, they certainly can’t go above God the Father. There are very interesting things that Christ had to say about that.

In the universe when God says there are two immutable things, and they are Him and His Son—God the Father and Jesus Christ—you can get the inference there that everything else is in a state of change. Science has proven that. Everything in the universe is constantly changing, so there are only two things in the entire universe that don’t change, that’s God the Father and Jesus Christ. They are talking specifically about Their character, about Their promises, and about the word they give. It is immutable and unchangeable, and that includes the Ten Commandments. Otherwise, everything else literally is in a constant state of change.

We are not to elevate anything above Jesus Christ, which obviously means the same thing. It can’t go above God the Father either. If you can’t get past Christ, you can’t get above the Father. There are to be no idols, no images, no angels or demons, no person. It can’t be your money. It can’t be anything you possess. Nothing should come between us and Jesus Christ, and by the same token, between us and the Father.

Let’s go to John chapter 14 for some words from Christ. Jesus Christ says here in the gospel of John chapter 14, verse 28: “You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.”

Christ is acknowledging there is one immutable Being above Himself, who has more authority than Himself, and that is His Father.

Continuing in John 14, verse 29: “And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe.”

He is said, when I am gone, I want you to understand. I want you to understand there is a Father Being too. Jesus Christ had as part of His ministry revealing the fact that there was another God out there—God the Father. He became Christ’s Father when Christ became a human being. It is fascinating!

Let’s go to Matthew chapter 11. Back up to Matthew chapter 11, verse 25: “At that time Jesus answered and said, ‘I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.’”

This is Jesus Christ talking or praying, you might say, to His Father.

Verse 26 of Matthew 11: “Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.”

In other words, we go back to the idea that Jesus Christ revealed the fact that there was a God the Father. He is greater than Jesus Christ. The two of Them are of one mind. They are in one concert and agree in one purpose. They gave us an immutable law—the Ten Commandments.

Another thing that would be important to realize is that we can accidently put a human being between us and God by the way we reference them. Let’s go to Matthew chapter 23 where Christ says this in verse 9: “Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.”

He is not saying don’t call any human being your father. We all had a father. That’s how we came into being. He is talking in a religious sense, not to have anyone called father that would interfere with the name of the heavenly Father and the position of the heavenly Father. Yet we have a lot of Christians calling the Pope holy father, not realizing I am sure that Christ said not to do that. It is just another way that we have let little traditions become blockages between us and God the Father and Jesus Christ.

It may sound like we are being picky here, but we are going by the word of God. If we get the first Two Commandments right that there should be no other gods before God and that we should have no images or anything to come between us and God, it sets the stage for everything else in the Bible. It sets the stage for everything else in our life! It gives our lives the foundation of what to believe in, how to believe, and how to live.

Do you know that just following the Ten Commandments would end the war on terror, for instance! It goes into every facet of life, whether it’s honesty, hard work, truthfulness, adultery, or honoring your father and your mother. If we kept the Ten Commandments, the earth would be a wonderful place. God gave them to us because they are good. They are good for us. That’s why He gave them to us. He said, don’t change anything about them! If we do, we are putting something between us and God.

It is unfortunate that so many of us Christians have followed an altered set of commandments or feel they are done away with or nailed to the cross. It is time to go back to God’s word. We need to understand how foundational they are, how important they are, and keep them. When we do, we will see what the effects are in our own lives, in our communities, in our nations, and on the earth. There are many promises at the end of the age that a huge conversion will take place. It is going to be required that we keep God’s commandments.

Of course we need the blood of Jesus Christ. We are not saying that we don’t need the blood of Jesus Christ. The only way you know you need the blood of Jesus Christ is when you break a commandment, because that’s what sin is—the breaking of God’s law. We need to understand the proper way to keep the commandments and what they actually are, to know how much we need the blood of Christ. This will bring peace and harmony to this world.

No man has the right to tamper with the Ten Commandments by altering them, changing them, or abolishing them in any way. If we can get these first two commandments right, the blessings that will come cannot be measured! The peace that will come upon this earth will set us up for a beautiful Millennium that is not too far off. We have lots of literature and Bible help aids to help you understand that. We are in a precarious time on this earth, but God will deliver us. If we keep His laws, we are going to help Him get it done even more quickly!

With that my friends, I would encourage you to look at the rest of this series on the Ten Commandments. Take them to heart. If you have any questions, let us know either through our website or write us or call us. We will be glad to help you in your walk with Jesus Christ and help you learn how to keep His Ten Commandments.