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Commands and a Covenant, #5a

October 15, 2013

God wanted a nation committed to his laws and to Him. His first attempts were unsuccessful, but, undaunted, he would try again to father the Israelites under the supervision of Moses. He led them out of Egypt, promising a fertile new land of milk and honey. The people left Egypt with some trepidation, but glad to be released from bondage. They had acquired bad habits which would have to be removed on their journey. They needed to be taught the godly way to live. Unfortunately, they were slow learners. 

The Hebrews came to the desert of Sinai on the first day of the third month after they left Egypt, and they camped in the desert in front of a mountain. The Lord called to Moses from the mountain telling him to remind his people, “You have seen what I did in Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all the nations you will be my most treasured possession.”

On the cloud covered peak, God gave Moses Ten Commandments, rules, not suggestions, for the people to live in harmony with God and with each other. 

1. Have no other gods before me.

2. Make no graven images nor bow down before them.

3. Do not misuse the name of the Lord.

4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.

5. Honor your father and mother.

6. Do not murder.

7. Do not commit adultery.

8. Do not steal.

9. Do not give false testimony (lie).

10.Do not covet your neighbor’s house or wife or his property. (Be content with what I have given you.)

And Moses wrote these rules on tablets of stone. Could the people remember and obey them?

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