Dwight Moody’s “The 10 Commandments” is a short book (161 pages). Moody presents a brief study of each of the commandments and their application in our lives. Moody’s book is beneficial for both saints and ministers alike. One of its strong points is that it is written in an easy to comprehend style, a style that is reminiscent of Reverend J. T. Pugh.
Reverend Moody starts the book by emphasizing the times that God wrote to men with His hand. The first was when He wrote the Commandments on the tablets of stone in Exodus. The second time was when God wrote on the wall of Belshazzar’s palace. It is at this point that Moody challenges the reader to see if they measure up, or if like Belshazzar, they are found wanting.
He then does a concise and direct study of each of the commandments. Moody compliments each analysis with stories, antidotes, and complementary scriptures that yields a broader understanding of each commandment. In each lesson, he both illuminates each law and challenges the reader to search themselves to see if they are obedient to the law.
Moody concludes with a summary of how the Ten Commandments should be viewed as a whole rather than singular individual laws. The conclusion of the book reads like a compelling and persuasive altar call. As I read Moody’s book, it felt like I was sitting with an elder who was sharing truth in a simple but profound way. The book reminds us that the unchanging Word of Life will not make exceptions to suit contemporary culture. It has challenged me to be a better student of the Word, a more thoughtful fellow laborer, and a more devoted child of God.
I would highly recommend this book to the Apostolic community for both personal study and group study. I would give it FIVE STARS.