Exodus – Chapter 20: The Ten Commandments

In Exodus 19 God has called on Moses to bring the people to Mount Sinai.  God hasn’t spoken to the people yet, but has called Moses to the top of the mountain.  Exodus 20, as the title suggests, brings us the Ten Commandments.  Exciting!  🙂  When reading this chapter, it’s important to realize God is speaking to Moses, not all of the Israelites.

 “You shall have no other gods before me.” – Exodus 20:3

Commandment number one.

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” – Exodus 20:4-6

Commandment number two.

“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” – Exodus 20:7

Commandment number three.

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.  For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” – Exodus 20:8-11

Commandment number four.  If you read closely, the first four commandments deal with obeying God.  God needed four commandments to send that message?  The fourth commandment makes it very clear that you are to rest one day each week.  You MUST rest the whole day and do no work.  Nearly all Christians break this commandment on a weekly basis.  Nearly all Christians worship this God and say they respect all commandments, but then every week break a commandment.  Mowing your lawn after church service?  You just broke the fourth commandment.  Cleaning the house after bible study?  You just broke the fourth commandment.  If you believe in the God of the Bible and believe in the ten commandments, you must follow them at ALL times.  Those who want ten commandment statues and monuments on public property are spewing hypocrisy each and every week of the year.  It is very rare someone rests for an entire day doing no work as God commanded.

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” – Exodus 20:12

The fifth commandment.  What if your father and mother abuse you as a child?  God says you still must honor them to live a long life.  Think about that for a second.

“You shall not murder.” – Exodus 20:13

The sixth commandment is a good one.  Obviously murder is evil, but one shouldn’t need God or the Bible to know this.  A common argument theists use against atheists is that you can’t be moral without God.  Really?  You need God to know murder is bad?  If that is really true about you, then I truly fear you.  I fear anyone who doesn’t know murder is bad without reading a book.  That is truly scary!

“You shall not commit adultery.” – Exodus 20:14

The seventh commandment.  I agree that a married couple shouldn’t sleep with others if both spouses don’t give consent.  However, adultery in the Bible extends to divorced people re-marrying and having sex, pre-marital sex, having sex with multiple partners (either not married or in an open marriage), etc.  Most Christians have broken this commandment.

“You shall not steal.” – Exodus 20:15

The eighth commandment.  Another good, but obvious one.  See my comments on the sixth commandment.  They apply here too.

“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” – Exodus 20:16

The ninth commandment.  Another good, but obvious one.  See my comments on the sixth commandment.  They apply here too.

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” – Exodus 20:17

The tenth, and final commandment.  This is another commandment that ALL Christians have broken and continue to break on a continual basis.  We are all jealous of others at times and we all want what others have at times.  That’s human nature.

To sum these ten commandments up, I argue that ALL Christians have broken two, the fourth and the tenth, and many have broken another, the seventh.  All of these Christians supposedly follow God yet routinely break several of the commandments.  Hypocrisy anyone?  And if a theist points you to Jesus saving us from our sins, point that theist to Matthew 5:18-19.  Jesus clearly stated that he was keeping all Old Testament laws.  There are no laws greater than the ten commandments in the Old Testament.

Exodus 20 ends with this statement from God:

“And do not go up to my altar on steps, or your private parts may be exposed.” – Exodus 20:26

Um…WTF?  Walk on God’s alter and your private parts may be exposed?  This is what the all-mighty God has to say following his delivering of the ten commandments?  Sigh.

That concludes Exodus 20.  God brought Moses to the top of Mount Sinai and delivered to Moses the ten commandments.  Although nearly everyone, including Christians, breaks a few of these commandments on a regular basis, they are still worshipped by the religious.  It’s a bit hypocritical to worship laws that one routinely breaks.

Coming Soon:  Exodus 21:  Hebrew Servants

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