Of course, it is our divine calling to obey the Ten Commandments. However, it appears to be a paradox when mankind still grapples with adhering to the Decalogue in spite of the unmerited favor from above. Through the commandments, God has a sweeping plan for His creation. The Bible, in itself, offers a panoramic view or divine purpose of the Ten Commandments. For instance, the first humans in the Garden of Eden enjoyed intimate relationship with God. The Lord did not just commune with Adam and Eve, but also walked with them closely. Matters regarding truth and knowledge were directly drawn from God. Further, their individual consciences were not required because God was their conscience. He guided His valued creation, the man He made in His own image and likeness. Needless to say, that was a pure and perfect demonstration of love.
Second, it came to a point when the above divine knowledge and fellowship with God was degraded. The snake, the serpent, call it the accuser of brethren, dissuaded the woman to disobey God and craft up her personal distinction between right and wrong. Satan convinced Eve that she deserved to possess her own conscience which the Lord was probably withholding away from her. Since then, the fall of man became a glaring reality. The consequences of disobedience are still with us today even as we shine in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ through the redeeming blood of the lamb.
As we move closer to winding up the study of the Ten Commandments in our Thursday and Sunday Cohorts as well as in the weekly Safari Study Groups (SGs), the grand concern on God’s unmerited favor and human failure still begs our input. The ninth and tenth commandments, “do not lie” and “do not covet” respectively, are a vivid reminder to the 21st century Christians, that sin still pervades our life and separates us from fellowship with our maker. How much we miss when we either wittingly or ignorantly disobey the commands from above.
The Safari is an intentional discipleship program that seeks to delve deeper into engaging the pew in learning and understanding the underlying message of the Holy Scripture alongside encountering the Lord at a personal and corporate level. You only need to get your Safari handbook, join a cohort, belong to a Safari Group (SG), get an accountability partner and go through the encounter connection through the guided daily reflections in your Safari Handbook. We wish an amazing experience and life transforming journey in the second stage of the Safari, “Encounter 3”