When the ten commandments
were written on stone…
the symbology here is to see
it as if it was written on the
hardened human heart,
a disobedient heart… unable
to see the laws might as well
be written on glass, for all
the laws are shattered when
one is broken, when one is
broken all are broken… left
is the debris, shards and vital
remains of a life in need of
God’s help… God’s love. God
Himself said if you follow the
first two you’ll follow them all.
God’s simplified law or man’s
list of rules God will never
be subject to… and you have
a choice- God’s way or man’s.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
[Abstracts below are taken from this link… to add emphasis and importance, to grant us a clearer meaning to the words contained herein.]
God has no pleasure in the death of men, as he has no hand in their sin; but both sin and misery are owing to themselves. Those who lay the blame of sin, either upon their constitution, or upon their condition in the world, or pretend they cannot keep from sinning, wrong God as if he were the author of sin. The origin of evil and temptation is in our own hearts. Stop the beginnings of sin, or all the evils that follow must be wholly charged upon us.
Instead of blaming God under our trials, let us open our ears and hearts to learn what he teaches by them. And if men would govern their tongues, they must govern their passions. The worst thing we can bring to any dispute, is anger. Here is an exhortation to lay apart, and to cast off as a filthy garment, all sinful practices. This must reach to sins of thought and affection, as well as of speech and practice; to every thing corrupt and sinful. We must yield ourselves to the word of God, with humble and teachable minds. Being willing to hear of our faults, taking it not only patiently, but thankfully. It is the design of the word of God to make us wise to salvation; and those who propose any mean or low ends in attending upon it, dishonor the gospel, and disappoint their own souls.
True religion teaches us to do every thing as in the presence of God. The not bridling the tongue, readiness to speak of the faults of others, or to lessen their wisdom and piety, are signs of a vain religion. Our true religion is equal to the measure in which these things have place in our hearts and conduct. And let us remember, that nothing avails in Christ Jesus, but faith that worketh by love, purifies the heart, subdues carnal lusts, and obeys God’s commands. Christ will become more precious to the believer’s soul, which by his grace will become more fitted for the inheritance of the saints in light.
2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
It is better that our faith be tested here, even by fiery trial, than to be subject to a fiery hell forever- the fate for those not accepting God’s love or the sacrifice of God’s own Son, Jesus Christ. Choices we make today can have consequences throughout eternity.
29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.