The Commandments Summed up
In ROMANS 13:8-10 the Apostle cites 4 laws from the second table of the Decalogue and then adds “any other commandment” and finally concludes that this is fulfilled in loving one’s neighbor as one’s self. What other commandment could the Apostle have in mind other than moral commands like the fifth commandment about honoring our parents, or the ninth commandment not to lie or bear false witness. It is the commandments of the Decalogue and those derived from them that fulfill the “law”. How is love shown to neighbor by being circumcised, not eating certain foods or offering sacrifices? Rather, if we love our neighbor we will not do anything morally wrong to them, but rather will love them and thereby fulfill the moral law.
Putting all the biblical evidence together, especially from the Old Testament itself, we see a certain and in some cases a threefold division arise in Mosaic Law. The law is divided between the moral law which is unchanging and always binding; the ceremonial law which was typical, shadowy and temporary; and the civil law which was the constitution of Israel and also had a temporary character. But these things will be discussed later in the appropriate paragraphs.
§2 The Same Law...Delivered by God...in Ten Commandments
- The same law that was first written in the heart of man continued to be a perfect rule of righteousness after the Fall, 1 and was delivered by God upon Mount Sinai, in ten commandments, 2 and written in two tables, the four first containing our duty towards God, and the other six, our duty to man. 3
- 1st Commandment: Gen. 35:1-4; Exod. 18:11; Job 31:28; 42:1-2; Josh. 24:2
- 2nd Commandment: Gen. 35:1-4; Lev. 18:21, 27
- 3rd Commandment: Exod. 5:2; Lev. 18:21, 27; Job 2:9
- 4th Commandment: Gen. 2:2-3; Exod. 16; Gen. 7:4; 8:10, 12; Mark 2:27
- 5th Commandment, Gen. 3:17; 9:20-27; 37:10
- 6th Commandment: Gen. 4:3-15; John 8:44; Exod. 1:15-17; Job 24:14
- 7th Commandment: Gen. 12:17; 39:7-9; Lev. 18:20, 27; Job 24:15; 31:1
- 8th Commandment: Gen. 3:11; 30:33; 31:30-32; 40:15; 44:8-9; Job 24:14
- 9th Commandment: Gen. 3:4, 13-14; 12:11-13; 27:12; 29:25; Job 24:25; 27:4; 36:4; John 8:44
- 10th Commandment: Gen. 3:6; 6:2, 5; 13:10-11; Exod. 15:9-10; Job 31:1, 9-11
- Rom. 2:12a, 14-15
- Exod. 32:15-16; 34:4, 28; Deut. 10:4
In this paragraph we will take a look at the moral law of God contained in the Ten Commandments, both at their giving on Mt. Sinai and also the knowledge of these commandments before Moses. The primacy of the Decalogue has been argued for above.
The moral law, which is binding upon all men and which all men know, was summarized in Ten Commandments. The Confession says that the moral law is “a perfect rule of righteousness" ...