by Tony Nester

The Ten Commandments
Tony R. Nester
Exodus 19 - 20

Today we come to the story of the Ten Commandments. It's found in the Book of Exodus, Chapters 19 and 20. The Israelites have made their escape from Egypt. They have crossed the Red Sea and have journeyed into the wilderness that is located between Egypt and the land of Canaan. Now they arrive at Mount Sinai and it is on this mountain top that Moses will receive God's Law, of which the Ten Commandments are the most important.

"On the third new moon after the Israelites had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that very day, they came into the wilderness of Sinai. {2} They had journeyed from Rephidim, entered the wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness; Israel camped there in front of the mountain. {3} Then Moses went up to God; the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, "Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the Israelites: {4} You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself. {5} Now therefore, if you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out of all the peoples. Indeed, the whole earth is mine, {6} but you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the Israelites." {7} So Moses came, summoned the elders of the people, and set before them all these words that the LORD had commanded him. {8} The people all answered as one: "Everything that the LORD has spoken we will do." Moses reported the words of the people to the LORD. {9} Then the LORD said to Moses, "I am going to come to you in a dense cloud, in order that the people may hear when I speak with you and so trust you ever after." When Moses had told the words of the people to the LORD, {10} the LORD said to Moses: "Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes {11} and prepare for the third day, because on the third day the LORD ...

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