Bet You’ve Never Looked At The 10 Commandments This Way Before!

If you ask someone who is outside of the world of Church about the 10 commandments they will probably picture a wild haired Charlton Heston holding up at set of stone tablets with fire in his eyes – ready to throw down a list of rules that must be followed.


And, if we are being honest – sometimes those of us within the church tend to view them in a similar way.

At DiscipleShift 1 Training, the leaders present a different lens to view the 10 commandments through – and for most people it causes a paradigm shift of thinking that causes them to look at the entire Bible in a way they never had before.

The 10 commandments look differently when viewed through the lens of relationship, rather than as a list of rules. On the first day of DiscipleShift training the leaders present to our attendee’s a Biblical Foundation for Relationship – which is the underlying support for Relational Discipleship.

[tweetthis]The 10 commandments look differently when you view them through the lens of relationship rather than a list of rules[/tweetthis]

Try it on for yourself! Take a look each of the commands and think about what relationship they might protect.

  1. You shall have no other gods before me.  (Breaks relationship between me and God)
  2. You shall not worship an idol. (Breaks relationship between me and God)
  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord in vain. (Breaks relationship between me and God)
  4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. (A day set aside to rest and spend time with God and family – definitely good for relationships!)
  5. Honor your father and your mother. (Relationship with others)
  6. You shall not murder. (Murder has a way of breaking relationship with others..)
  7. You shall not commit adultery. ( Damages relationship with others)
  8. You shall not steal. (Breaks relationship with those you steal from)
  9. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. (Breaks relationship with your neighbor.)
  10. You shall not covet. (Wanting to take from your neighbor and being jealous of what they have, tends to be divisive, damaging your relationship)

You will notice that the first 4 commandments break relationship between us and God, and the next 6 break relationship between us and others. This brings to mind something Jesus said in the New Testament:

“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second one is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the law and the Prophets hand on these two commandments.’

In the video below, Matt Roberson, lead pastor at TheMet Church in Houston Texas, speaks from the pulpit about this very topic. Watch him as he takes just  30 minutes to unpack a Biblical Foundation for Relationship for his congregation.