Yul Brynner stars as the pharaoh Rameses II in the 1956 film "The Ten Commandments." This year marks the 60th anniversary of the film, which will be broadcast tonight on ABC as part of an Easter weekend tradition dating back decades. If you are like most dating couples, you are looking for more than just a companion – you want a soul mate!Through short chapters focused on such essential topics as prayer, simplicity, community, and purity, you will discover how to make your most important love relationships–with God and your potential mate–strong, lasting, and radiant.
Young, host of the syndicated radio show The Single Connection, and Adams, a clinical psychologist, present a nine-week course of daily devotionals for committed Christians involved in long-term relationships and aiming toward marriage.“Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off” (Exodus ). Moses told the people the result that our loving Creator wanted: “And Moses said to the people, ‘Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin’” (Exodus ).Wise King Solomon explained, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7).The first four commandments define how God wants us to show love for Him.This Fifth Commandment begins a series of six commandments that show us how to love other people—starting from our earliest years in the family.Yet the Bible shows that humanity, and even those chosen to be God’s people, have often failed in showing that honor and respect to our Creator God. Says the LORD of hosts To you priests who despise My name.God pointed out this much-too-common problem in Malachi 6 A son honors [his] father, And a servant [his] master. Yet you say, ' In what way have we despised Your name? ” This Fifth Commandment helps us see how learning respect and honor in the family setting helps prepare us to show honor to our ultimate Father.’ 1:6: “A son honors his father, and a servant his master. The apostle Paul reiterated the Fifth Commandment, emphasizing that it’s the “first commandment with promise: ‘that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth’” (Ephesians 6:2-3).All of God’s commandments are given for our benefit, but this one is especially highlighted by God for the blessings that it brings for the individual, the family and society in general.Weekly "disciplines" focusing on foundational spiritual themes-love, prayer, simplicity-are divided into daily mediations meant to be read in solitude.On Saturdays, suggest the authors (The Ten Commandments of Dating), couples should spend the day together and discuss their thoughts about the week's theme; Sundays they ought to attend church.This First Commandment sets the tone for the first four commandments, which can be summarized as, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5). Even after fasting for 40 days, He responded to Satan’s temptation by saying, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).Jesus Christ called this summation the great commandment (37 Jesus said to him, ' You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38 This is [the] first and great commandment. Living by every word of God involves a commitment to always listen to what God teaches us in the Bible and not to lean on our own understanding (5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. In facing Satan’s temptations, Jesus also quoted, “You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve” (10 Then Jesus said to him, Away with you, Satan!For it is written, ' You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.' Matthew ). He said our focus and priority must be to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. The First Commandment is a reminder to focus on the awesome power and majesty of our Creator God.