Must God Obey the Ten Commandments?


And, how many commandments are there anyhow?

Check out this chart on how many commandments there are according to whom. Apparently everyone agrees there are ten, but they have a hard time agreeing which is which. Jews, Catholics and Lutherans combine the ones about making idols and having other Gods. To make ten the Catholics and Lutherans divide the commandment about coveting your neighbor’s house and wife into two commandments. No, I didn’t just make that up. Jews make ten by counting ‘I am the Lord your God’ at the beginning as a commandment. I thought that was pretty interesting. Protestants count the one about idoos and the one about no other gods as two. As a result, the one about coveting houses and wives need not be split and the statement that God is God at the beginning need not be construed as a commandment.

Anyhow, to the point at hand: is God required to obey the ten commandments? I say no. They are God’s revealed precepts for men, not the ethical norm by which He must live. He is not bound by an ethical norm, nor does He impose one on Himself. He does at all times just as He pleases and acts in accordance with nothing but His good pleasure. Justice is not a standard that binds Him. Justice is Just because God is pleased to do it and sin is sin because God is not pleased by it.
He doesn’t have to obey the command not to covet because the earth is His and all it contains. He doesn’t have to obey the command not to lie because He calls the things that are not as if they were. When there was no light He said there was and there was. He doesn’t have to obey the command not to steal because It’s already His. He doesn’t have to obey the command not to commit adultery because he is spirit. He doesn’t have to obey the command not to kill because He has appointed the number of our days. All our lives are His to take. He doesn’t have to obey the command to honor His parents because He is uncreated and the Father of us all. He doesn’t have to obey the Sabbath law because He proclaims Himself to be the Lord of the Sabbath. He doesn’t have to obey the command not to take the Lord’s name in vain. It’s His name. As the land-owner in the parable, does He not have the right to do as He sees fit with what is His? He doesn’t have to obey the command not to worship any other Gods because there are none.

That leaves me with the issue of worshiping an idol. Honestly I don’t have a reason why God doesn’t have to obey that commandment the way He doesn’t have to obey the command not to steal because the world and its fullness are His.

All the same, I don’t think this invalidates my point that the ten commandments don’t bind God’s behavior and He doesn’t bind Himself by them. He simply does as He wills. Showing that He is not bound by one of the commandments is enough to show that they are not the proscriptive norm of His behavior.

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