by Jeff Strite

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God's Word From The Mountain (4 of 5)
Series: Meeting God On The Mountain
Jeff Strite
Exodus 20:1-21

OPEN: Commenting on the Bible, Ronald Reagan once said:
''I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.''

History gives a lot of credence to that comment.

Someone has made a list of some of our nation's more famous documents and they found that:
The Gettysburg address is 286 words.
The Declaration of Independence is 1,300 words.
BUT, the U.S. Government regulations on cabbage sales: 26,911 words.

By contrast:
The Lord's prayer: 66 words.
The 10 Commandments: 179 words.

If you notice, God is the master of brevity
It doesn't take Him long to say what He's got to say.
I believe that's because He knows we have a very short attention span.

Now there are times when God can get kind of long-winded, as He does for the remainder of what is called the Law of Moses.
The rest of the law actually contains 613 distinct commandments. But most of those (613 separate laws) are explanations of the 10 that we just read.
In fact, someone has called the 10 Commandments ''God's Table Of Contents'' because they sum up the bulk of the rest of God's Law.

God's Law has always been unique.
There were other laws that were written back in the days of Moses. In fact, one of the most famous was called the Code of ''Hammurabi''. This caused quite a stir amongst critical scholars several years ago because those who didn't believe the Scriptural record said this ''code'' must have been one of the sources used by Moses as he composed Israel's laws. However, this legal system, written about 300 years before God gave His law on Mt. Sinai, has some distinct weaknesses when compared with God's code.

One source said that ''in the Hebrew laws a greater value is generally placed on human life''. The article goes on to say that in the Code of Hammurappi, ''There is no control of lust, no limi ...

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