September 22, 2022
“When He had finished speaking with Moses on Mount Sinai, He gave him the two tablets of the testimony, stone tablets inscribed by the finger of God.”
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The Ten Commandments (1 & 2)
“When He had finished speaking with Moses on Mount Sinai, He gave him the two tablets of the testimony, stone tablets inscribed by the finger of God.” Exodus 31:18
A while back, I was asked to speak at a men’s conference in the Northeast. There were about 400 men in attendance. The topic and text of my message was “Book Of The Law Found,” 2 Chronicles 34:14-21. (I suggest you take the time and read that passage.) See, I believe the Church-at-large has largely lost the Bible. That is, the Bible is often treated as a “resource” instead of “the Source” in that so few churches reinforce the urgency for God’s people to aggressively pursue His Word. To establish whether my message was even applicable to the group, I asked that everyone who could recite the Ten Commandments would stand and do so. Only about 1/3 of the men stood up. When I asked who could recite the Commandments in order, every man sat down.
I was guessing there wouldn’t be many who could recite them, but I was blown away to discover not a single man could do it with confidence! Could you?
For this week (before we begin reading the Old Testament next week), I would like to teach you the Ten Commandments. This is the same method I use to teach my children.
“He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, ‘Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 18:2-3
FIRST COMMANDMENT: Hold up your pointer finger. Look at your finger and say, “There is ONE God.”
“Do not have other gods besides Me.” Exodus 20:3
SECOND COMMANDMENT: Hold up two fingers (peace sign). Look at both fingers and say, “If there is only ONE God, there shouldn’t be two. I shouldn’t make anymore.”
“Do not make any idols for yourself” Exodus 20:4
**Now, there is more verbiage to commandment #2, so I suggest you read it all. That said, we’re covering the gist as one would teach a child.
OK. That’s it for today. Memorize those, and we’ll cover two more tomorrow.
One more thing: It would be good for you and your friends and family to learn & recite the Commandments together. It would be an encouragement for each other, as well as a testimony to anyone looking on, wondering if you are truly serious about God’s Word.