Monday, July 2, 2018

The Ten Commandments

 This Sunday Rev. Irwin wrapped up a series of sermons on the Ten Commandments.  After service, I was trying to remember the first one.  I knew it had to do with the supremacy of God, but I couldn't remember if it included the prohibition of graven images.  I had to go look it up.
When I was a kid, The Ten Commandments, were embroidered on samplers, like the one on the left, and hung on the walls of homes. They were posted in shops and public buildings and claimed a prominent place in church entrances. Nowadays, they are invisible in public spaces.  Samplers are not often worked in homes any more and if they are, the subject is more likely to be about gardens or golf than about God.
So, if you're like me and struggling to remember which one comes first and where the divisions are, there's a simplified version.

The Ten Commandments.

  1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
  2. Thou shalt not make any graven image nor bow down to them, nor serve them.
  3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
  5. Honour thy father and thy mother.
  6. Thou shalt not kill.
  7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
  8. Thou shalt not steal.
  9. Thou shalt not bear false witness.
  10. Thou shalt not covet they neighbour's wife, nor his house, nor his field, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor is ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbour's.

You can read the complete, Biblical version from Exodus,here.
If you want the one from Deuteronomy, look here.

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