Jesus came on this earth with a purpose to fulfill it and that was his life as a sacrifice. His words and works make us believe him as the Lord. Though his coming was prophesied earlier, many Jews religious leaders deny him, and as a result of their denial, Jesus had to confront many questions to assure them about his identity.
Every time he has answered them and made his enemy speechless. Being a Jew, Jesus had the detailed knowledge of the Old Testament, and moreover, he was God in flesh. He always quoted the scripture while he faced answering his identity and the mission for what he came. Let us see what Jesus tells us about the Ten Commandments which the Lord gave Moses in the Old Testament for the upliftment of his chosen generation.
Why Did Jesus Only Mention 6 Commandments
Many critics often say that Jesus did not say all the Ten Commandments to follow as he asked to obey only six commandments that he uttered while he met a man who was seeking to know how to inherit God’s kingdom.
We must understand the reason why Jesus said only six commandments to the man who asked him what to do in order to possess eternal life. As the man was a Jew it is clear that he had already known the commandments which Jesus did not tell him.
- Thou shalt have no other gods before me (Exodus 20:3).
- Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image (Exodus 20:4).
- Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain (Exodus 20:7).
- Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy (Exodus 20:8).
Obviously, that man was aware of the above commandments so Jesus told him to obey the rest six commandments that were needed for him.
So Jesus told him not to
- Commit adultery,
- Bear false witness
- To honor his father and mother,
- Love his neighbor as his own (Matthew 19:18-19).
Jesus does not encourage him to follow only these six but to obey the entire commandments.
Two Commandments Of Jesus Covers The Entire Ten Commandments
Jesus says to love our God with whole, heart, mind, and strength and the second one is to love our enemy as our own. These two complete the ten commandments. The first one covers the first five commandments that the Lord gave to Moses. And the second one which says to love our enemy covers the rest of the commandments of the Ten Commandments (Matthew 22:35-40, Mark 12:28-34, Luke 10:27).
Jesus is known as the master teacher and we are his students. What he has taught us must be obeyed to overcome this world. His teachings make us think about who we are and what should we do to see the kingdom of God. There is no one who can ever teach like Him and directs us to avoid the works of sin that we usually tend to commit.
His teachings are all relevant in today’s time and we must walk in his teachings to understand who is God and how can we please him by following his will.
Jesus’s Commandments Bible Verses (KJV)
John 14:11 “Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.”
Matthew 4:17 “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
John 14:28 “Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my, Father is greater than I.”
Matthew 22:21 “They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.”
Matthew 28:19-20 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
Matthew 5:44-45 “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
Matthew 16:24-25 “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”