Exodus 17–20: Moses & the Ten Commandments

Read the Bible in 2011–2021* ◊ Week 18: Monday

Today’s Bible reading is Exodus 17–20. In these chapters Israel is only a couple of months out of Egypt. Pray and ask God to teach you from His Word. Take time to carefully read through these events. If you have the time look at the cross-references to some of the place names, especially Massah and Meribah.

These chapters certainly have examples to follow and examples to avoid. One thing I especially like about Moses is that he wasn’t too proud to listen and learn.

The Ten Commandments are in chapter 20. Read them carefully and think about what they say. Never forget, these are not the commands of men, but the commands of God.

Then God spoke all these words, saying,

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

“You shall have no other gods before Me.

“You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.

“You shall not murder.

“You shall not commit adultery.

“You shall not steal.

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
Exodus 20:1–17

Remember Jesus’ reply about the great commandment?

One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 22:35-40

How do the Ten Commandments teach you what it means to love God and what it means to love your neighbor?


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Ten Commandment[s] made from Morano Glass at Kedumim Synagogue STIBEL: Daniel Ventura, (CC BY-SA 3.0).  GFDL-1.2-or-later .

*In 2011 I started a year-long series of posts, “Read the Bible in 2011.” You can find the other posts in the navigation menu in the header. If a day doesn’t have a link to a post, the post was simply a brief reminder about the reading. I’m filling in some of those gaps with new posts with “Read the Bible in 2011 Redux” as a category.

Copyright ©2011–2021 Iwana Carpenter

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