Remembering the Passover & Exodus: a selection of passages & meditations
"God spoke all these words"

Scripture: Exodus 20:1-17

1 And God spoke all these words, saying, 2 "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 "You shall have no other gods before me.
4 "You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
7 "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
8 "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your manservant, or your maidservant, or your cattle, or the sojourner who is within your gates; 11 for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
12 "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the LORD your God gives you.
13 "You shall not kill.
14 "You shall not commit adultery.
15 "You shall not steal.
16 "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbor's."
Meditation: On Mount Sinai God spoke and gave the Ten Commandments so the Israelites might live with him as his people. The word decalogue literally means ten words. The Decalogue is the unique expression of God's will for our lives, teaching us how to love God and our neighbor. Obedience is the acceptable sign of our love for God. If you love me, you will obey my commands (Exodus 15:26, John 14:21).

The Decalogue was written on tablets on stone by the hand of God (Exodus 32:16). These commandments are written on our hearts in the new covenant (Jeremiah 31:33; Matthew 22:37-40). Do you revere God's commands and seek to conform your life more fully to his will?

Irenaeus, an early church father, wrote: He commanded them to love himself and trained them to practice righteousness toward their neighbor, so that man might not be unrighteous or unworthy of God. Through the Decalogue he prepared man for friendship with himself and for harmony with his neighbor. This was to man's advantage, though God needed nothing from man (Against Heresies, Bk IV).

"Lord Jesus Christ, you willingly submitted you will to your Father's will and you obeyed out of perfect love. Help me to conform my will fully to your will and to reject whatever is contrary to your commands."

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