Paid the Price

Ten Commandments | Devotion 5: Paid the Price
Noble Baird

In Exodus 20:13, we are given the account of one of the Ten Commandments. The commandment is, “You shall not murder.” There are many times throughout God’s Word, where I wish I could see a snapshot of people’s reactions to things that happened. For instance: David killing Goliath with a slingshot, Daniel just chilling with the lions in a pit, seeing the Red Sea part, or Samson’s skill with a jawbone; and all of those are just in the Old Testament! Yet, I cannot help but wonder what Moses’ reaction was as God was writing out this commandment, knowing that he had already broken it.

Back when I was in fourth grade, my school bought new desks for all the fourth and fifth-grade classes. One day, not long after purchasing them, some classmates and I realized that with a metal ruler, you were able to cut into the rubber side that was all around the top of the desk. You can see where this is headed. Whenever we were bored, we simply took out the ruler and began cutting the edge of the desk. However, it did not take long before my teacher noticed the cuts alongside the edge of the desks, my desk in particular. That afternoon, I was surprised to see my parents arrive at the school to pick me up and they took me to my classroom. As we walked in, my teacher was sitting down, thanked my parents for coming on short notice, and I began to piece everything together, realizing the jig was about to be done. Needless to say, I owned up to my mistake, and my parents paid for a new desk. I am pretty sure I was not allowed to watch TV or stay up late for quite some time.

I am sure if we are all honest, we know exactly how Moses felt in that moment of failure. We have all messed up, whether on purpose or not, and we have all been caught for that act we did. Yet, it is pretty cool how just like my parents eventually forgave me for my mistake and paid the price, Christ did the same for Moses and us! Over the span of Moses’ life, there is no doubt that this was not the only time he broke God’s commandments. Fast forward a couple of thousand years later, here we are just as guilty with the same sinking feeling Moses probably experienced that day up on the mountain with God. Yet, we are reminded of God’s grace and mercy to us all as we see in Romans 5:8, Paul writes, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

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