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Read Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20


Read Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20

20  God spoke, and these were his words: 2“I am the LORD your God who brought you out of Egypt, where you were slaves.
3 “Worship no god but me.
4 “Do not make for yourselves images of anything in heaven or on earth or in the water under the earth.

7 “Do not use my name for evil purposes, for I, the LORD your God, will punish anyone who misuses my name.
8 “Observe the Sabbath and keep it holy. 9You have six days in which to do your work,

12 “Respect your father and your mother, so that you may live a long time in the land that I am giving you.
13 “Do not commit murder.
14 “Do not commit adultery.
15 “Do not steal.
16 “Do not accuse anyone falsely.
17 “Do not desire another man’s house; do not desire his wife, his slaves, his cattle, his donkeys, or anything else that he owns.”

18 When the people heard the thunder and the trumpet blast and saw the lightning and the smoking mountain, they trembled with fear and stood a long way off. 19They said to Moses, “If you speak to us, we will listen; but we are afraid that if God speaks to us, we will die.”
20 Moses replied, “Don’t be afraid; God has only come to test you and make you keep on obeying him, so that you will not sin.”


After the words of commandment are given, the people ask Moses to speak to the Lord on their behalf.  They are afraid to have a direct encounter - Moses encourages them not to be afraid.  We are often like those people - hoping that someone else will speak to God on our behalf.  But God - who delivers his people from slavery in Egypt is a loving God who wants the best for his people.


Master speak, your servant is listening.  

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