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  1. Introduction - Ten Commandments - Symbolic of the plagues of Egypt.
  2. 'You shall have no other gods beside me'.
  3. 'Remeber the Sabbath and keep it holy'.
  4. 'You shall not dishonor your parents'.
  5. 'You shall not kill'.
  6. 'You shall not covet your neighbours wife'.
  7. The covenant between God and the people.
  8. Augustine's moralistic approach of the Bible.
  9. Relating all Old Testament Scriptures to Christ or the Trinity.
  10. Conclusion.

Augustine was greatly appreciated by his respective community for his teachings on Christianity and the profile of the Christian identity. His resources were not limited to only the New Testament Scriptures but avail other writings to further fulfill such teachings. The Jewish Scripture, or the Old Testament, is not a separate entity of Christian law but a manifestation of Jesus in the New Testament. In sermon 8, ?On the plagues of Egypt and the Ten Commandments of the Law?, Augustine utilizes the physical torture of the Egyptians as a metaphor for the spiritual torment of Christians who fail to obey the laws of God. The sermon was well received by the Clergy or monks of Carthage at the Shrine of Saint Cyprus in 410; the translator attributed such date because of Augustine's brief mentioning of the Donatists, whom he ceased to discussed after 411. Because of Augustine's references to the Pentecost and the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Edmund Hill dates the preaching at toward the end of May or early June. However there is no explicit occasion mentioned for this particular sermon.

[...] According to Docetists, Christ was an amateur or fake human who did not consist of a bodily nature.[4] Augustine states, Christians, such as the Docetists, who speak heresy or false teachings of Christ resembles ?frogs croaking in a muddy marsh?.[5]They babble and challenge the scriptures. Augustine continues with the third commandment which requests all believers to observe the Sabbath.[6] God rested on the 7th day to rest and reflect in his good works. Believers must abstain from any activities which hinders the sanctification of the heart by the Holy Spirit. [...]


[...] This sermon identifies my own failure to properly obey the commandments and laws of God. The rules and laws of God are decentralizing and devaluing in our daily lives. The greatest failure however is the lack of acknowledgement for the necessity of obeying the laws. Because of the grace of God in me[29], I am not alienated from God. But what happens when humans devalue this costly freely given grace through ignorance and disobedience of the law or God? The answer is the path to my own conviction. [...]

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