“On the tenth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me, ten Lords A-Leaping…”
The tenth day of Christmas brings in some more dancers. The Maids A-Milking were girls; the Lords A-Leaping referred to male professional dancers. The type of dances these guys would perform would be acrobatic and
require great athleticisms. These dancers were hired for entertainment among the elite in a community.
“On the tenth day of Christmas my True Love game to me, ten Lords A-Leaping…”
The symbolism on this tenth day is obvious. The ten Lords A-Leaping refers to the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17).
Jesus said that the Law (the basis of which is the Ten Commandments) was summarized by loving God and loving others (Matthew 22:37-40). Interestingly enough, the first five commandments tell us how to love God and the second five commandments tell us how to love others. If we would commit ourselves to loving God and loving others, we would, by default, keep the Commandments.
The Ten Commandments are…
I – Do not have other gods before Me.
II – Do not worship idols.
III – Do not take God’s name in vain.
IV – Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.
VI – Do not murder.
VII – Do not commit adultery.
VIII – Do not steal.
IX – Do not lie.
X – Do not covet.
Today, on the tenth day of Christmas, as many people head back to work after some time away, reflect on the incredible gift our True Love has given us in the Ten Commandments.