If you ever wanted a deeper understanding of the Ten Commandments, watch these short videos (average of 5 minutes for each commandment). They will explain the commandments and what they mean in simple, easy-to-understand terms. Both my kids and I learned a ton!
Some of what I learned: That coveting does not mean wanting what someone else has. It’s more than that.
That Do not Murder does not mean do not kill (blame ‘lost in translation’ for this error).
That Do Not Steal is more than just personal property.
That we are only commanded to honor our mother and father. That does not mean we are commanded to honor other human beings. (Note definition of honor–different than respect).
Do Not Misuse God’s name does not mean to not cuss. It means to kill in God’s name. This is the only commandment that is unforgiveable.
Remember the Sabbath is for us to rest–to be more than a worker, to be free or we are slaves, and to make slavery impossible. It also strengthens the family as we are forced to spend time with other human beings. And animals were granted dignity as well. And all of this affirms God.
Without God who brought us out of Egypt, there is no moral compass. With one God, we are all equal.
All of the commandments are for the function of society and to keep it prospering. Otherwise, we are doomed.
This is just a bit of what I learned. I cannot recommend this site enough. It’s run by Prager University and is presented by the founder of Prager University. It is not a university per se as we know it; just a site free to all with five minute videos discussing issues of the day (including theology) founded by Dennis Prager, a conservative radio talk show host and columnist.
I can not speak for the site; all I can recommend are these videos. If nothing else, you’ll gain a different perspective on the commandments, perfect to go along with the Life of Moses. I watched these alongside my kids and because they are short and sometimes entertaining my kids were engaged the entire 50 minutes.
Click HERE for the videos. Enjoy!