Ahhh… It’s Friday and the coffee’s great! Let’s talk Ten Commandments. Every Christian knows what the Ten Commandments are but most of us aren’t able to recite them. That’s nothing new. A good percentage (I will not argue the numbers) of Christians, for some very strange reason, just don’t read the Bible.
Most Christians believe that the Ten Commandments they read in Bible class are the ones taken from the stone tablets that Moses carried down the mountain. I can prove that the ones you see are not the ones called the Ten Commandments by God himself. So, let’s get out our Bibles. It doesn’t matter what version you own – just open it to the following passages or click on the link that I have highlighted in this blog.
Exodus 20:1-18. This is where God starts reciting his commandments and most Christians stop reading at verse 18 and call these the Ten Commandments. But, God doesn’t call these the Ten Commandments – He keeps telling Moses more and more commandments, judgments, punishments, etc. God finally ends his speech to Moses in Exodus 24:3.
Exodus 24:3-7. Moses tells all of his people what God had just told him and writes everything down in what he calls the book of the covenant.
Exodus 24:12-18. God calls Moses back up the mountain, where he stays for 40 days and 40 nights (a lot of stuff to write down). God continues giving Moses instructions until chapter 32.
Exodus 32:15. Finally, God writes all this stuff on both sides of two stone tablets. Moses carries these two tablets in one hand (not with both hands or under his arm) and heads down the mountain.
Exodus 32:19. When Moses gets to the bottom of the mountain, he sees his people worshipping a golden calf, gets pissed off, and smashes the tablets on the ground. God tells Moses to kill off around three thousand of his own people (Exodus 32:28), which he does and God forgives him.
Exodus 34:1. God tells Moses to come on back up the mountain with his own stone tablets this time and He will “write upon these tables the words that were on the first tables, which thou brakest.”
Exodus 34:14-28. This is where God writes down the commandment the second time and it’s a duplicate of what he wrote on the first set of tablets. He now calls this set the Ten Commandments (Exodus 34:28). So, there you have it – the Real Ten Commandments:
1. Thou shalt worship no other god.
2. Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.
3. The feast of unleavened bread thou shalt keep.
4. Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest.
5. Thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end.
6. Thrice in the year shall all your men children appear before the Lord God.
7. Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven.
8. Neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning.
9. The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the LORD thy God.
10. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.
Whew! That was a long one. Time for another cup of dark roast. See you all later!