i was led to exodus 20 this morning- which is the part of the bible that contains the ten commandments. when’s the last time you actually read them? here they are:
Exodus 20: 1-17
And 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 a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of 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 hold him guiltless 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 to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and 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 long in the land that the LORD your God is giving 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 is your neighbor’s.”
now often around parts of scripture that get a lot of attention, like the ten commandments, we sometimes fail to see the other meaningful text surrounding it.
in this case, there are a lot of interesting things that are going on. first of all, the fact that God speaks so directly to Moses is always captivating. but what is really amazing in this encounter is that God allows for the Hebrews in the desert to also encounter God. in chapter 19, it specifcally states that the Lord will descend upon the mountain (mt. sinai) in verses 10-11 it says:
the LORD said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments and be ready for the third day. For on the third day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.”
is this messianic prophecy? it wouldn’t be the first time that God appeared in the sight of the people on the third day- and when Jesus appeared on the third day, his resurrection- He was there to completely fulfill the law that was given right here in Exodus. very cool stuff…