What do you think of this?
The other day I was reading a site talking about 50 things that you’re not supposed to know and the first one on the list had to do with the Ten Commandments. Traditionally, the Ten Commandments come from Exodus 20 and cover these 10 things:
- No other Gods
- No graven images, or worshipping them
- No taking the Lord’s Name in Vain
- Remember the Sabbath Day
- Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother
- Thou Shalt Not Kill
- Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery
- Thou Shalt Not Steal
- Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness
- Thou Shalt Not Covet
These things were spoken by Moses after God told them to Him. The interesting thing is when you go over and look at Exodus 34.
This chapter starts out right after Moses destroyed the original tablets he brought down from Mount Sinai. God instructs him to hew out two more tablets and to bring them up the mountain. After listing some more laws, there’s this interesting statement at the end:
And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments. (Exodus 34:28) [Emphasis Mine]
What are the ten listed prior to this verse?
- Thou Shalt Worship God and Him Only
- Thou Shalt Not Make Molten Gods
- Thou Shalt Keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread
- The first born or all things is mine.
- Six Days Shall You work, but on the Seventh thou shalt rest
- Thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, and three times a year your men children shall appear before the Lord.
- Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven.
- Neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the Passover be left unto the morning.
- The first-fruits of thy land shall you bring unto the house of the Lord Thy God.
- Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.
So, what’s the big deal? Well, these commandments are strictly for Israel. We don’t keep the feast of Unleavened Bread, keep the Passover, etc. Just this morning at church, my pastor said the line that I’ve heard many times about Jesus reinforcing all of the commandments in the ten commandments except for the one about the Sabbath. But is this correct?
Have we fallen into a rut where someone’s said this for so long and it’s wrong? Is there a different way to understand these passages?
In just my quick reading of them, God spoke one thing to Moses to speak to the people, and wrote a different set on the tablets of stone, but we’ve always equated the two.