I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
You must have no other gods before me.
We are right in the middle of the book of Exodus, plunk in the middle of the long journey of the people to freedom. It’s the perfect moment to stop the movement and take a look at the Ten Commandments. These days I’ve been inviting you to read from a new translation of the Bible called The Message Bible. Today let’s have a look at the Commandments from this translation.
|1. No other gods, only me.
2. No carved gods.
3. No using the name of God, your God, in curses or silly banter.
4. Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5. Honor your father and mother.
| 6. No murder.
7. No adultery.
8. No stealing.
9. No lies about your neighbor.
10. Don’t set your heart on anything that is your neighbor’s.
This is what God came up with to offer his promise of a life-long, loving relation with his people. These were the basic commands that we have to go by in order to have God accept us into the beginning of a relation with God. But from there, Jesus did so much more to share with us the very relation he has with God as son to a Father.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
You the Lord: no other gods v. 3
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…