by Frank Pollard

By Frank Pollard
Exodus 20:1,2
Deuteronomy 5:22,23

I read in the "Letters to the Editor" this week of someone
calling people like me a "Bible thumper". In reaction, I
thought, "I'd rather hear a solid thump from the Word of God
than the egomanic hollow echoes of an empty mind but I decided
to look up the word "thump". First definition: a solid blow
with a blunt object; second definition: the dull sound made by
that blow. The Bible is indeed a solid and blunt thing and all
too often the sounds made by we Bible thumpers are admittedly
dull, but it should not be. Let me give you a hint. If you
know the author, the Book is much more exciting.
Today as we begin our look at the Ten Commandments, let me
give a thump from two places in holy writ. First, is
Deuteronomy 5:27: Moses is demonstrating that in the mind and
heart of God it is O.K. for a preacher to repeat sermons. He is
telling them again the message of the Ten Commandments and in
verse 27 he says, "Do you remember what you said to me on the
day God gave us the Ten Commandments? You said, 'Go near and
listen to all the Lord our God says, then tell us whatever the
Lord our God tells you. We will listen and obey."' In Exodus
Chapter 20, verses 1 and 2 we read the introduction to the Ten
Commandments: "And God spoke all these words: 'I am the Lord
your God who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of
slavery."' Look first at Deuteronomy 5 and think about how much
time these people spent waiting for Moses and how wrong that may
have been.
I the sixth grade a girl came to me and said, "If you like
Mary, I think she may say she likes you." I said, "If you tell
her that if she says she likes me, I might say that I like
her." That poor girl ran back and forth with these
non-committal messages until Mary and I, without ever shaking
hands, got tired of each other but you know I really got to
liking the girl who brought the messages. Do you like the story
of the ...

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