Like last time, I noticed that there could easily have been more than ten commandments here. If you look at all the imperatives, there are fifteen.
Some are just simple commands (you shall not murder) but others have clauses attached to them. Wanna know what they say? I knew it!
Clause and Effect
1) Don’t bow down to idols for the LORD is jealous.
He also visits the iniquity of the parents (this will be important later) on the third and fourth generations. Basically, if the parents piss God off, they will never live to see a time when their family is doing well. Lame. However, if they obey God, it will be a thousand generations of blessing.
Moral of the story: Be obedient!
2) Don’t misuse God’s name for the Lord will not acquit anyone who does.
Moral of the story: Watch your mouth!
3) Observe the sabbath because God brought you out of Egypt.
The Israelites were slaves. They worked all day everyday in horrible, dehumanizing conditions. So God gives them a day off. And this sucker is mandatory for everyone! They whole nation takes a break. Everyone who is hanging out in that nation takes a break. Everyone who is there because their nation was conquered takes a break.
Moral of the story: Take a break!
4) Honor your father and mother so that it will go well for you.
I’ll get to this one in a little bit. Keep reading.
Do We Want to Hear God’s Voice?
After God spoke out of the fire to all the people, they had some thoughts.
Today we have seen that God may speak to someone and the person may still live. So now why should we die? For this great fire will consume us; if we hear the voice of the Lord our God any longer, we shall die.
God can speak to people and they can live. Isn’t that a good thing? If so, why do they not want to do it?
Is this like a, “we just cheated death. We’d better not try it again” type of thing?
I am confused, but God seems to think it is a good idea.
Got any thoughts on that?
I’ve said before that repetition is important. Well, check this one out.
Honour your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, so that your days may be long and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
You must follow exactly the path that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you are to possess.
Notice any similarities? I did.
Now, before you jump to all the ways that this can be abused. I’d like you to recall the first commandment I listed in the “Clause and Effect” section.
Moral of the story: Obedience is fin for the whole family!
What did you learn from the faith of your parents?