My answers to study questions for BSF Life of Moses Exodus 20:1-11
7. a. God identified Himself to the Israelites by speaking to them directly. He said, “I am the Lord your God, Who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” Exodus 20:2
“By the things God had done for the Israelites in bringing them out of slavery in Egypt, He is now asserting His right to issue these commands. He had bought the people with His actions.” Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary
b. 1 Peter 1:18-19 I grew up thinking Christianity was a lot of rules. I knew believing in Jesus and accepting His forgiveness was the beginning. But I got the impression God was a mean Father who was always watching to make sure I was behaving correctly. I like Andrew Wommack’s intro to Exodus 20—
…There is nothing wrong with His commandments, but there is something wrong with mankind so that these commandments are unattainable by sinful, fallen man (Romans 7:12-13). These commands are intended to reveal to us our sinfulness, not a way out of our sinfulness…We are under a New Covenant with a new commandment…
God set us free from sin and death. I get it now. Sort of.
Man is religious by nature. Our accuser constantly points out our faults and failings. Others willingly volunteer to support his efforts.
All too often that accusing voice says (pretending to be my own voice), “Why would God possibly love me? Or the world?”
“If He loved us why would all this bad stuff be happening to me and to the rest of the world?”
I must recognize the source of that nonsense and throw some scripture weapons his way!
8. The first four commandments and any associated warnings or promises:
- Exodus 20:3 — “You shall have no other gods before or besides Me.”
- Exodus 20:4-6 — “You are not to make any idol or image of other gods.”
- No image of anything in the sky or heavens (sun, moon, stars, birds, flying insects, etc.)
- No image of anything on the earth (no COWS, animals, crawling insects, trees, flowers, etc.)
- No image of anything in the water (no frogs, fish, sea mammals, etc.
- God warns them He will be jealous if they bow down and worship other gods. He will punish them to the third and fourth generation.
- God promises that He will show love and mercy to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments.
- Exodus 20:7 — “You shall not use or repeat the name of the Lord your God in vain”
- The Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
- Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12-15 — Observe the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
- Don’t make your children or your servants work either. Give them the day off so they can rest.
- Remember you were servants in Egypt and God brought you out. He wants them to have a day of rest.
- God rested on the seventh day, so He called it the Sabbath and set it apart as special.
How I will ask God to help me keep these commands this week—Um, this followup question seems to fly in the face of the answer to question seven. Didn’t we established the impossibility and hopelessness of keeping His commands?
And that God sent Jesus to fix that.
Not that we should ignore them.
My spirit is born in the likeness of God. My flesh is a work in progress.
When asked, Jesus boiled the ten down to two commandments:
- Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
- Love your neighbors as you love yourself.
All that said, here is my plan—
- Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Learning what that means is also a process.)
- Renew my mind through seeking Him, asking for wisdom and knowledge, and Bible study.
- And all these things will be given to you, too. Matthew 6:33
What’s your plan?