The title of this blog can immediately communicate the complexity of this topic. However I want to humbly show how the Decalogue is a shadow of the perfect idea of worship in the New Testament. Decalogue in this context means “Ten commandments” and if you are a Christian you are probably wondering; what is the link between what we call “law” and worship? Is there anything that God wanted to communicate about worship through the commandments? As people of the New Testament, we tend to minimize the importance of the Old Testament. However, it is so clear that the word of God is one, unchanging and forever relevant. One needs to interpret scriptures in their context and pray for God to reveal his will and his thoughts. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” 2 Timothy 3:16 Jesus also emphasizes this In Matthew 5:17-18, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till Heaven and Earth Pass, one jot or one title shall in No Wise Pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled.”
The Decalogue as given to the people of Israel was not just a code of conduct but a covenant, a constitution, a way of life. The Ten Commandments establish and define the relationship between an Israelite and his God, his neighbor, his household, and his heart. Fulfilling the law would lead to pleasing God, the maker. Unfortunately, man was lost and could not fulfill the whole law. Only Jesus did, through Him we are saved by grace. However, as people of the new covenant, we need to understand that God had a vision of how a life that pleases Him should look. Pleasing God in the new covenant is a result of the work of Christ in us and a thankful, grateful heart of the believer. Any true born again Christian longs to live a holy, righteous life.
We can take few examples: the first commandment is about loyalty. God wants us to know that He is our only God and we are not to worship other gods. The second commandment goes to the heart of our relationship with our Creator. It deals with several crucial questions: How do we perceive God? How do we explain Him to ourselves and to others? Idols are representations of false, nonexistent gods but may we use pictures or other images that represent the true God? Above all, what is the proper way to worship the only true God? Other commandments deal with our relationship with neighbors, with our family etc. That life is the nature of a true Christian; God calls us to holiness through Jesus Christ. God’s vision for human kind is a transformed and consecrated life. Through Christ, every believer is called to live a life that testifies of God in every sense. We cannot therefore worship God with our songs and live a careless sinful life. Our life is a testimony to many; we are the only Bible many people will ever read. By seeking to live a life that pleases God we offer to Him more than a song…
By Fabrice Nzeyimana