Deuteronomy 4:40 Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the Lord thy God giveth thee, for ever.
Most of the ten commandments are prefaced with the words "thou shalt not", and because of this many people view them as ten prohibitions. But this should not be so. The instructions, statutes, and commandments that God has given to the human family, were not given from a prohibitory perspective, but have always been given with our best interest in mind, as our passage of scripture for today clearly states. These laws were given to guard and guarantee our freedoms and therefore should be viewed as an indispensable asset in accomplishing that purpose.
Let's take for instance the eighth commandment of the Decalogue, which states: Exodus 20:15 "Thou shalt not steal". This law alone, if obeyed could effectively stop millions of fraudulent actions and transactions from taking place. It could save the internal revenue service billions of dollars every year in fraudulent claims. It can stop hackers dead in their tracks. As a matter of fact, the recent breach of security at Target, in which millions of credit card numbers were stolen, would not have taken place if this law was being routinely followed. This precept forbidding all thefts, would have prevented the slave trade; Edward Snowden would still be in America, and our national security would not have suffered such a severe blow. The law against stealing, if followed by each member of society could save tax payers billions of dollars that otherwise must be spent keeping bandits in jail for many years. Our homes would be secure, our children could walk the streets of cities without the fear of being kidnapped, and the piracy that so often plagues travelers on the high seas would immediately cease.
In our daily travels throughout the busy streets of America, we often encounter signs which say "stop at intersection". These signs were not put there for a mere prohibitory purpose, but were rather placed there to preclude fatal collisions and also to prevent many pedestrians from being killed. In other words they are made with our best interest at heart. On a much grander scale is the purpose of God's law. When adopted by individuals, communities, nations and kingdoms, there can be one, and only one result; "it will go well for us and our children and we would prolong our days on the earth". We would like to close our brief commentary with a passage of scripture that's worthy of memorization. it reads: Psalms1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. "Good night" and God bless!