The Ten Commandments

The Ten CommandmentsIn this book Thomas Watson (c. 1620-1686) continues his exposition of the Shorter Catechism drawn up by the Westminster Assembly. Watson was one of the most popular preachers in London during the Puritan era. His writings are characterised by clarity, raciness and spiritual richness. The series of three volumes, of which The Ten Commandments is the second, makes an ideal introduction to Puritan literature.
 
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Man is a Self-exalting Creature

Why does God permit such an inability in man to keep the law? He does it: (1) To humble us. Man is a self-exalting creature; and if he has but anything of worth, he is ready to be puffed up; but when he comes to see his deficiencies and failings, and how far short he comes of the holiness and perfection which God’s law requires, it pulls down the plumes of his pride, and lays them in the dust; he weeps over his inability; he blushes over his leprous spots; he says with Job, ‘I abhor myself in dust and ashes.’  ~ The Ten Commandments