11/4: Exodus 20—Ten Commandments

11/4: Exodus 20—Ten Commandments

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Here's the article Mary Alice Rose refers to in today's Daily Lift. It's a poem written by Neil Millar titled BALLADE FOR THE COMMANDMENTS published in the March 1971 issue of The Christian Science Journal.

  1. Thank you Mary Alice for a great way to expand our understanding of the Ten Commandments. Seeing them in this spiritual light, gives a depth and relevancy to them that may have been overlooked or glossed over previously. In reality they aren't something that we have to struggle to obey out of fear, but rather, live our life harmoniously in accord with, when our thought remains centered on God, the source of all good.

  2. Thank you, Mary Alice, for this excellent lift.
    Love and blessings to all!

  3. Mary Alice,

    Thank you, for that inspiring perspective of the Ten Commandments and their being our rules for happiness.

    With much brotherly love,
    William from Boston

  4. Thank you, Mary Alice, for these fresh thoughts about the Commandments... rules of happiness.
    Love and blessings to all!

  5. Thank you, Mary Alice Rose.

    Rules of happiness - I never thought of it this way before.

    "Each one of us is worthy and able to realize this happiness." - Amen

    I would like to add a quote from our most loved President who is Abraham Lincoln. Mrs. Eddy loved him too.

    “Whenever any church will inscribe over its altar, as its sole qualification for membership, – the Savior’s condensed statement of the substance of both Law and Gospel, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and thy neighbor as thyself,’ that church I will join with all my heart, and all my soul.”

    Truth, Wisdom, Love and Sincerity, to ALL mankind.

    Ro Scott
    Chicago, IL

    p.s. Cool music for this lift too

  6. Each one of us is worthy and able to realize the happiness and complete protection the Ten Commandments bring our lives.

    The Ten Commandments are our shield from chaos, corruption and greed, it helps us maintain our sanity and guide us peacefully through the roughest storms into “Truth clear day”.

    “The dawn of all things real is breaking o'er me,
    My heart is singing: I have found the way.”
    CS Hymn 64

    Cada uno de nosotros es digno y capaz de darse cuenta de la felicidad y la completa protección que los Diez Mandamientos traen a nuestras vidas.

    Los Diez Mandamientos son nuestro escudo protector del caos, la corrupción y la codicia, nos ayudan a mantener nuestra cordura y nos guían pacíficamente a través de las tormentas más duras “De inquieta sombra a dulce claridad”.

    Y es tal la realidad que yo contemplo que canto:
    “¡He hallado la Verdad!”
    Himno de la Ciencia Cristiana Nº 64


  8. Thank you Mary Alice , this is a really nice reminder: I love the idea of rules of Happiness!

  9. Thank you for this new insight into the Commandments. It opens a new way of thinking about these laws of God.

  10. Thank you for this lovely, liberating Lift and for the link to Neil Millar's profound poem. The root of the word command is ' to entrust' and we can trust that God has already made us incapable of breaking His eternal laws. Neither can we experience them being broken. 'The Lord will command His loving kindness in the daytime' (Psalm 42:8) and we can obey this joyous commandment.

  11. Wonderful....The rule of happiness. When we are aware that there is only one God and that our God is ever present, Divine Love, only joy is possible because, we are, in reality, the reflections of Divine Love. It is impossible to experience anything but joy and happiness. the Bible tells us, God is good and God is always here.... right now. When we are standing in the sunshine of a beautiful fall afternoon, it is impossible to see darkness because darkness the absence of light! . The concept of a loss of anything good is impossible and when we allow our consciousness to realize that this is the true Science of Being as demonstrated by Jesus and discovered by Mary Baker Eddy our spiritual sense of gratitude is boundless! A spiritual consciousness is our awareness of the truth that makes us free and as is written on the wall of our church, : Divine Love, always has met and always will meet, every human need. . ..

  12. Many thanks Mary Alice for these great commands. "Know nothing but Love." "Rise up and walk, take up your bed./ With these few words the sickness fled./ Stretch forth your hand. Receive your sight./ Jesus’ commands reveal God’s might./ You are God’s purpose, His great design..." (Christian Science Hymnal #453).

  13. Thank you Mary Alice for a wonderfully revealing and teaching moment .Certainly an advanced spiritual lesson for the new week .

  14. Mary, Thank you.
    It is good to have the direction of the 10 Commandments but through Christian Science we have the realisation that they are guides from God to us.

  15. Excellent Lift and poem. Thank you.

  16. Thank you so much for this Lift, I too have been blessed with a newer understanding of the Commandments making them so relevant today. Where I live the wild geese fly in across the marsh and follow a law of guidance and commitment, calling each other in recognition. They return year after year following what appears to be a divine map which orientates, clearly shows and governs their flight. Each autumn I am reminded that we too,as we listen, recognise and follow the voice that is calling us, can be as the geese and fly high, safely and truly in the clear path that is opened up as we trust.The Commandments sustain that flight of our being. Thank you for the Lift today.

  17. Thank you for this very inspiring Lift, we can follow and use the inspiration of this for all times.

  18. Los mandamientos, su cumplimiento es la base de toda realización de progreso, no hay otro camino a transitar a menos que quieramos perder lo único real que nos lleva a lograr un servicio sostenido a Dios, alejándonos de sus opuestos, la creencia de otro posible camino, y que ha sido totalmente despejada por la firmeza del Cristo, quien con su propio ejemplo los marcó.

    "Guarda la ley y el consejo,
    y serán vida a tu alma.
    Entonces andarás por tu camino confiadamente.
    Y tu pie no tropezará. Proverbios

    El seguir los mandamientos divinos, es lo que nos da esa confianza y es lo que nos conduce a mayores realizaciones, que traen paz y armonía.

    "El pensar de otra manera es lo que aleja a los mortales de la Vida y del Amor divino " MBE, No y Si

    Muchas gracias Mary Alice por darnos la posibilidad de comenzar la semana con tan buena inspiración, para continuarla de la misma manera.

  19. Thank you Mary Alice for these rules of happiness, such a positive and enlightened way to hold sacred the 10 Commandments

  20. Mary Alice, thanks so much for your Lift today and for sharing the link for the text of Neil Millar's poem. (He was one of my favorites!) I especially loved this verse:

    Older than Egypt, still appearing
    Newer than fashion's latest dress,
    Still urgent, relevant, endearing—
    They are the rules of happiness.

    Loving thanks!

  21. Thank you so much, Mary Alice, for this wonderful Lift, and thank you especially for the link to Neil Millar's poem. I had always thought about the Ten Commandments as "Watch out if I ever catch you. . . " But when I received the revelation that God was telling me I never would worship any other god, or kill, or steal, and most particularly bear false witness, I saw them as a great and good "whole armour of God". He would protect me from all wrong thinking and saying, doing and remembering. Of course I'm still working on this at every moment, but the understanding is no one can deliberately break this holy way of life. No matter what false claim mortal sense asserts.
    Thank you Nate and the team producing this podcast series - now into its fourth year; The Mother Church; and our beautiful Lift family.

  22. Thank you for a wonderflift lift!

  23. Wonderful perspective! I have come to look at the commandments in much the same way - as promises that only the one God, good, has power, and I am subject only to the good and perfect government of God. Beautiful!

  24. Thank you, Mary Alice, for the inspiring insights on the Ten Commandments. In my love and prayer to practice the Commandments, I've also been greatly inspired by an article on JSH-Online (August 12, 2013) entitled, "We are divinely engineered," by Marsaili Gillecroisd. As an engineer by profession, he insightfully sees the Commandments as God's specifications for the design of His/Her creation already established - hence our established obedience to them. A must read article! Thanks all!

  25. Thank you for sharing this inspired insight! It opens wide the door to loving and truly living these "Rules of Happiness".

  26. A wonderful lift thank you.

  27. Not arbitrary do's and don'ts, but statements of
    spiritual facts. Thank you, Mary Alice

  28. Thank you MAry Alice for this insight! The Ten Commandments as a rule of happiness. It´s really freeing to see it in this light. A good start for the week. Blessings to all.

  29. Thank you so much! Also to the comments Nr. 5 and 16! Much love to all and many thanks again.

  30. Thanks so much, Mary Alice, for this fresh and inspiring insight on the Ten Commandments as the "rules for happiness" and "I can't" rather than "thou shalt not." This reminds me of a statement made by Mark McCurties in his article "THE DESTRUCTION OF BABYLON" (Journal, July 2012) where he says, "God did not make us in His image and likeness just to watch us struggle through a discordant and unpredictable material life. In reality, God's children must dwell in the Holy City, because God could not put us where He is not." And also from last week's Bible Lesson, "It would be contrary to our highest ideas of God to suppose Him capable of first arranging law and causation so as to bring about certain evil results, and then punishing the helpless victims of His volition for doing what they could not avoid doing." (S&H 230:11-15) And also, "The real man cannot depart from holiness, nor can God, by whom man is evolved, engender the capacity or freedom to sin." (S&H 475:28-31) The true account of creation is in Genesis 1:27 where "God created man in his own image" and saw that everything He made was very good. I am so very grateful for all of the resources we have for instruction and guidance.

  31. Fabulous Lift! Great inspiration. Thanks! May all have a blessed "Can" day because we "cannot"! :0)

  32. Thank you for this perspective!

  33. Yes. Christianity 101 as revealed to Moses and lived and taught by Christ Jesus. We are God created to conform to our perfect creator. Rules of happiness and success and contentment. So glad that this message embraces the world today.

  34. Jill Gooding used to have a lecture on the 10 Commandment that shed this same light onto them. It's been life changing for me.

  35. Thank you Mary Alice. A very strong, great thought to work with.

  36. Moses' prayer for clarity was answered in so many ways. The 10 commandments spelled out the most basic human responsibilities. I have a friend who amuses me because she wishes that God would just please write things down for her on a blackboard. Sort of "Good morning, Sue... this is what I would like you to do today! " No doubt she likes the directness of Moses' demonstration.

    But I am sure she knows, as we do, that honesty, kindness and LOVE is already chiseled in our hearts, written on the blackboard of our being. Child of divine Love cannot be otherwise. .. as your insight brings out.

    Thank you Mary Alice and 1-26 already!

  37. Thank you Mary Alice. What a strong foundation to start this week's journey.
    Also, thanks to all of the commenters for their loving thoughts.

  38. Thanks, Mary Alice.

  39. Thanks Mary Alice

  40. Wow! What a fine poem!! Thanks for the Lift and the link, Mary Alice.

    The poem gives a very healing message as we pray for Egypt today: The commandments were there first. God's government of individuals supersedes the vagaries of courts, coups, toddling democracies taking their first steps. Love is active in Egypt, and our love and prayers for that thoughtful nation can only bless the whole world.

  41. In reality, we cannot help but obey God's laws. As the book of Jeremiah tells us, "I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts" (Jer. 31:33). His laws, or commandments, are an integral part of being, and it can be no other way. We are the expression of His laws! Thank you, God!

    And thank you, Mary Alice.

  42. What snappy, Joyeous Music this week! Thank you, Mary Alice, for this rich, indepth look at "The Big 10"!! I think as a little child, being told to "Do and Don't and to always obey our Father and Mother" I, and perhaps many others, as well as the Children of Israel, saw the 10 Commandments as coming from a strict, punishing Father. I think back in Moses' time, in the Old Testament, God was pretty much depicted and thought of in that light.....or should I say, "darkness"! We are all constantly awakening out of the old theology of Guilt and of man as basically being a sinner, full of bad traits. This week's lesson on Adam and Fallen Man is a good one to complement this Lift, as once again, we are shown the truth about man's innocence and the falsity of the Genesis 2 guilt-ridden account of man. So Grateful!

  43. Thank you, Mary Alice, for this great take on the 10 Commandments! It also reminds me of how former CS Lecturer, Clem Collins, once spoke of them as God's Promises. And thanks, too, for the reference to Neil Millar's poem.

  44. Thank you for giving me another approach to teach the Commandments to my Sunday school class. "I cannot because..." rather than "I better not or else," Very uplifting for me too.

  45. This is plain wonderful, Mary Alice Rose! What a great tip for teaching the commandments in Sunday School. I cannot steal because....He cannot steal because....I have been thinking lately that all the petition prayers in the Bible can be viewed as positive absolute statement of what is really going on! When we pray: LET integrity and uprightness preserve me (Psalms 25:21) we can affirm that is exactly what God is doing...when we pray:Create in me a clean heart (Psalms 51:10) we can affirm with absolute certainty that is exactly what God is doing for us moment by moment. This idea has changed the way I read the Bible. All the petitions of goodness are actually statements of fact of what God does and what man is doing also by reflection. This commandment "aha" that you bring us today is along the same line. VERY helpful. LOVE the music, too.

  46. Thank you this is helping me to understand the reason why as I work to release a situation ... there is no other God. I had my eyes closed while listening to this lift and my heart wants to hear even more. What a blessing that the Holy Spirit is revealing to me just what I need to let go of "my story". I am so grateful for the daily lifts.

  47. Wonderful inspiring lift for today, Mary Alice. Thank you. And thanks to Jana #16 for her lovely analogy. I love my daily start with the "lifts".

  48. Simply BEAUTIFUL Thank you Mary Alice

  49. Thank you, Mary Alice, for “Exodus 20 – Ten Commandments … I love the Ten Commandments … ‘They are the rules of happiness.’” Yes!!!

    Inspired by your Lift, I prayerfully consider why the Ten Commandments are the rules of happiness and realize that it’s because:

    They guide and protect our individual and collective exodus - our way out of “Egypt,” the bondage of matter into the freedom of the Truth of our being and so serve as our “Declaration of Independence!”

    They are the provable laws of Divine Love, so that we can enjoy the evidence or “signs following” of “God with us.”

    They are The Way we call down the might of God so that we can be lifted up to witness the revelation in every curse / desert / waste place of a blessing / oasis / the beauty of holiness.

    They provide the “how to” of loving God / all-Good / Love-itself! and each other in that image and likeness.

    They are our ticket to, our map for, and our blueprint of the Promised Land, which I’m now convinced, is being built by us in our daily endeavors to live “as in heaven, so on earth.”

    Exodus 20 – The Ten Commandments - a “one-size-fits-all” gift from “Our Father!!!” Wow!!! And a “gift that keeps on giving!!!” ;-) What’s not to love??? It’s perfect.

  50. Thank you Mary Alice and everyone for sharing.

  51. Wonderful Lift to start the week! A strong reminder that God made us law-abiding! The ten Commandments affirm our natural protection from false attractions and bad behavior. I appreciate all the comments and I, too, saw a correlation to last week's lesson. God is the only creator, making all of us, so everyone is included in this promise from 1st John 3:9 "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for His seed remaineth in him: and he cannot commit sin, because he is born of God."
    Thank you, Mary Alice, & Lift team & community

  52. I love your inspired view of the ten commandments. The Christ, though, frees us from karma, from the belief that "what goes around comes around." John recognized this when he wrote, "the law was given by Moses but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." As you said, the Christ doesn't mean being a good human being living under the law, it means living our spiritual inheritance under Grace.

    Daily Lift Team
    The Bible quote above is from John 1:17.

  53. Thank you very much for this deep meaningful perspective of the ten commandments.

  54. What a great way to start a Monday morning !! Thank you so much, Mary Alice, for this heavenly inspiration as we begin our week !

  55. Thank you so much Mary Alice for your thoughtful perception of The Ten Commandments. "They are the rules of happiness" (Neil Millar, "Christian Science Journal", March 1971) is such an important understanding, as you say because as long as we understand God's rules for us as protective, helpful, joyous words to bring us closer to Him, what more happiness could we ask? It is not just the outward appearance of maintaining the words of The Ten Commandments, but the inner work we do daily with God, that keeps Him close.
    God first, then the rest falls into place.

    Thank lifters and the Daily Lift Team, as always.

  56. A beautiful illumination of the 10 Commandments as not simply constraining but freeing! Thanks Mary Alice.

  57. Thank you so very much. This is a terrific Lift to play in Sunday School and then have the students write out their own responses to the "I can...because." Thank you!

  58. Thank you Mary Alice Rose.
    My Dad used to say that each Commandment is also a promise. In a way you are saying this, too.

  59. Yes....I feel you are very accurate in your new understanding. If repent actually means to "change your mind", Then it follows that with mental growth we will be getting closer to absolutes in our thinking. (What is possible in God's kingdom, and what never was) (What is really happening in God and what never can)

    Very nice example of growth in Love....


  60. Yes, it is so helpful to think more deeply about passages in the Bible and also from Science and Health that are so familiar to us. To try to find fresh ways of looking at them. Thanks for sharing your insight.

  61. The Rules of Happiness is a loving way to approach these helpful guides and necessary steps to spiritual growth. Thank you for this message.

  62. Sometimes I'd wait for a city bus in the freezing cold. Occasionally the place of the bus stop allowed people to enter the warm interior of a store. To come from the cold into a warm shelter reminds me of the protecting warmth of "I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt not have strange gods before me...." A divine, sheltering "place."

  63. Wonderful new way to look at, and live, the Commandments.
    Thank you Mary Alice!

  64. Thank you Mary Alice and Lifters for this unfolding perspective of the 10 commandments as a "rule of happiness" - choosing newly and daily to follow the truth of Love just as the high flying geese are led together in migration from home to home. I also am so greatful for ongoing instruction and guidance.

  65. Beautiful. Thank you so much.

  66. Good to hear about the "law" to-day. I was thinking this morning about how obeying traffic laws keeps us safe yet also provides the freedom we seek (likewise to your comments). And how this closely resembles keeping at the forefront of thought "The Christian Science Manual." If we consider what Mary Baker Eddy did include in this work, just as the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes are complete, so likewise "The Manual" is complete. It provides safety yet freedom.

  67. Wow - that's a new and a fresh way to look at the 10 commandments ! I love it because this Lift opened a door in my conciousness and helped me to look in a different way - even concerning past situations. Thank you so much!

  68. A whole new perspective on the 10 Commandments! Thank you so much.

  69. Great message here today and eternally, and Scott ! I love the revelation of Truth's protection from the lie of Karma as it would so insidiously especially as it relates to disease or contagion: 'what goes around comes around' . What alert and exceptional, healing thought direct from our Father/Mother God as Christian Science teaches.

  70. Last night I took the word "compassionately" to bed with me. (as used in S&H pg.363, " He regarded her compassionately." Since the incident resulted in reformation and healing, the quality must be a divine infinite expression.
    Thank you Mary Alice and the Lifters for this higher view of the 10 commandments. It's clearly seen that compassion is behind every one of them, and that gives them power and makes us strong.

  71. Thanks so much for this new perspective on the commandments. I too have always perceived them as negative -- DO nots. In truth they are CAN nots! Wow! what a difference!!! A loving, all-powerful God didn't -- couldn't -- give us the power to disobey the commandments. We simply can't!

  72. Sincere gratitude as I will always think of Commandments as 'Rules for Happiness and Peace"

  73. Thank you for this new view!

  74. What an original view of the commandments. Can't wait to get started on my study of them with this new perspective. Thanks for the additional unfoldment from you other lifters too. El Paso Patt

  75. Thanks!

  76. Never thought of the Commandments in that manner. Thank-you and as the most Universally known by most all religions, looking at them in different ways will bless other religions also. You are right, instead of 'you should not' it might be, "I would not". Then they are 'are's'.

  77. I like to think that without Moses' moral law, we would not have Jesus' understanding of spiritual law. In Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 238, she says, "On the swift pinions of spiritual thought man rises above the letter, law, or morale of the inspired Word to the spirit of Truth, whereby the Science is reached that demonstrates God."

  78. Beautiful, thank you so much, also for all Daily Lift from you, your english is wonderful to understand !

  79. Dear Mary Alice,

    Thanks so much for reminding me how much I love Neil Millar's poetry.
    Thank you so much for your spiritual insights, I just love thinking of the Commandments this way.
    You have made my day.

  80. Thank you for the lift today so clearly showing how Truth moves mountains and Christian Science practitioners heal. Something we can all be grateful for.

  81. What a perfect example of how a simple change in perspective can bring profound insights. I spent many years obeying the "thou must nots" . . . and now, to see out from divine Love's perspective, that these dear 10 statements have always been telling me what I am UNABLE to do, as Love's offspring. Wow.

    Thank you, Daily LIft team, for including the link to Neil's poem. I don't yet subscribe to JSHonline, so am grateful to be given access to this poem. It's wonderful.

  82. My father's view of the 10 Commandments was that it was made to terrify persons to act in a kindly way. I as a child felt that was a wrong concept only because it didn't produce a inner desire for good. Told to children created fear of God rather than an inner feeling of Love for their fellow man which produces the very harm that the Comandments were originally made not to produce.

  83. The Ten Commandments are a description of our true nature because we are a reflection of His nature..\ thanks Mary Alice for the light shed on the Ten Commandments

  84. Thank you so much for this message Mary Alice.

  85. Wonderful .. Thank you! :-)

  86. Thank you, Mary Alice! You confirm what I've often taught in Sunday School... "Don't worry about what you CANNOT... you WILL NOT."
    You said it best.

  87. Thank you, Mary Alice. We all need structure in our lives, and the Ten Commandants provide an underlying structure of wisdom and love. Parents need many "thou shalt nots" in raising children. They are, or should be, commandments of love. The disciplined child is a happy child. Thanks, dear friend.

  88. Thank you so much! Very helpful and practical!

  89. Danke für deine gute und klare Aussprache und dafür, dass du langsam sprichst - das ist für jemanden, die noch am Englisch Lernen ist sehr hilfreich!
    Danke auch für deine erhebenden Gedanken.

  90. How true this lift is! I have to admit, I have always enjoyed the Beattitudes more because of the reason(s) you first brought out in this lift, but I now see these Commandments as 'rules for happiness!' How great is that!

  91. Nicely done Mary Alice,

    Jesus also gave us some specific rules for happiness in the beatitudes. The words "Blessed are" can also be translated "Happy are." I've been thinking that these "directions to the heart of man" might be viewed as different ways/suggestions as to how to fulfill the instruction of the First Commandment and subsequently His second Commandment about loving your neighbor as yourself... in some specific ways we can learn and express our love for God with all of our God given capacities.
    In your enlightened perspective on the Commandments you have graciously spiritualized the common human conception of them. In some of your future contributions to the Daily Lift could/would you also give some examples of how this spiritualization of motive works out (is demonstrated) in daily thoughts and deeds.

  92. Brilliant. Thank you.

  93. Thank you very much. Wonderful Lift!!!

  94. That screech you just heard was the sound of me executing an abrupt U-turn. Yes, it is all so obvious now it's been pointed out. But ever since I was a kid I've been viewing the 10 Commandments like Margaret, #21 "Watch out if I ever catch you. . . ". This will bring a huge change to my outlook. Thank you so much.

  95. Very productive new approach!

    Some new information for Christian Scientists:
    Most churches, interested in dismantling walls between Christians and Jews, are now using the term "The Hebrew Scriptures" instead of saying the "Old Testament". The former term suggested that they were no longer relevant.

  96. What a liberating and inspiring perspective! Thank you for sharing, the poem referred to is wonderful too

  97. Thank you Vicki #96 for pointing my attention to Margaret #21.

    If I worship the One God, He will not let me do harmful things. Like Jesus, my power comes not from myself but from my Father God being the Source of my being.

  98. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

  99. Thank you for this awesome Lift. Blessings.

  100. We did almost the same thing in Sunday School, we turned the Commandments into "do's" not "don'ts".