(Detail from "Moses" by Rembrandt van Rijn)
What is the law of God stated in the Ten
You shall have no other gods before me. You
shall not make for yourself an idol in the form
of anything in heaven above or on the earth
beneath or in the waters below – you shall not
bow down to them or worship them. You shall not
misuse the name of the Lord your God. Remember
the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Honor your
father and your mother. You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery. You shall not
steal. You shall not give false testimony.
You shall not covet.
(New City Catechism)
So we begin
what clutching hands at apple trees do not know:
accepting that there is Someone
much higher than the heights of all
our striving and our pride.
Bow down before
no other god:
not what your hands have wrought or what you
not that which eyes find pleasing nor
what beauty holds out towards you
or serves your present aims.
The depths are yours
to plumb, to swim,
yet all within is His. The water’s mirror
shines back to you your face; do not
mistake creature for Creator
or love sea more than Son.
Heart humble and
contrite, know the
joy of boundaries set out by love. The waters
stay where He commands; so we too
can rest within parameters
carved deep with mercy’s law.
Published by Matthew Pullar
Teacher, writer, blogger, husband, father, Christian. Living in Wyndham in Melbourne's west, on the land of the Kulin Nation. Searching for words to console and feed hearts and souls.
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An easy way to help kids start learning the Ten Commandments. http://textsincontext.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/teaching-children-the-ten-commandments/