On the first day of the third month (since they had left Egypt), the Israelites arrive
in Sinai. They make camp there in the wilderness, and Moses goes up to the mountain of
God. They talk and Moses conveys God’s first message there to the people: “You have
seen how I treated the Egyptians and how I bore you up on eagles’wings and brought
you to myself. Now, if you obey me completely and keep my covenant, you will be my
treasured possession among all peoples, though all the earth is mine” (Exodus 19:4-6).
After this, on the third day, God comes down to the peak of the mountain in fire and
envelopes the peak in smoke, and He calls Moses to the peak to speak with Him. He then
reveals the Ten Commandments in a very direct, forthright fashion. Some include: “You
shall not kill. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:13-15).
These Commandments are not elaborated on much, considering they are pretty
straightforward and self-explanatory. After He declares the Ten Commandments, He then
goes into more detailed situations, which is interesting. For example, God describes His
laws regarding trusts and loans, property damage, slaves, social laws, and religious laws.
It is intriguing to read all of the different areas of life that God impacts and reigns over.
Normally, I think of God as a ruler that determines basic morality and sets laws for our
spiritual life. But here it is interesting to see that God takes over the role of all authority
that we have in society now (like governors, mayors) and even sets the gui