How do you view the Ten Commandments as recorded in the Bible? (See Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21.) In the past, they have been posted on courtroom and schoolroom walls. The Commandments have too often been used like a weapon to persuade youth to obey the rules. People even quote particular commands to gain an advantage in an argument.
Personally, you may have viewed the Ten Commandments as coming from a harsh God who rules the universe with an iron hand. Do you see them as commands, rules, and regulations? Do they strike fear in your heart and mind? Or do you ignore them as an ancient creed for past generations?
If you exchanged commandments for “words,” would you consider God’s words as something to help you understand Him better? Could these words even move you to understand yourself better in God’s eyes?
Could you see the Ten Commandments not as rules but as words of endearment?
That’s the position Bill Coker takes in his book Words of Endearment: the Ten Commandments as a Revelation of God’s Love.
The book is written by Bill Coker, Sr., former professor of Bible at Asbury College and former pastor of World Gospel Church in Indiana. With an historic context and careful biblical word study, Bill set his purpose in these 12 chapters to explain what each word (commandment) meant as God intended. These enlarge our understanding about what God said and why. The book begins with a chapter on the Decalogue and then fleshes out each of the ten words in separate chapters, closing with a message on “Rightly Handling the Word of Truth.”
Words of Endearment could move you from fear to trust, from apprehension to love for God, from ignoring the standard God sets for us to accepting the good life ruled by a good God.
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