Journey to the 10 — Exodus 20 — arrival at Sinai and the hearing of the 10 — Shavu’ot

Following in Israel’s footsteps, we have arrived at Sinai. Pretend you are listening to the 10 Commandments for the first time. It’s a challenge to hear them anew. Find a new way to make them a part of your life—to bring yourself even closer to Yeshua than you have ever been before.

Thought Questions

Passages: Lev. 23:15-22; Ex. 20:1-17; 1st Cor. 3:9, Acts 2:11

What two events happened after Moses’ death?

When where they supposed to start celebrating Shavu’ot, or Pentecost? When did the walls of Yeriko (Jericho) fall?

Why is the first commandment (Ex. 20:2–3) important?

What does the second commandment (Ex. 20:4–6) tell us about God and how his mercy expresses itself through the generations?

Why is the third commandment (Ex. 20:7) important? How can we “take [God’s name] in vain”? Does taking God’s name in vain only refer to using His name as a curse word?

What is the Shabbat (Sabbath day; Ex. 20:8–11)? What are we do to do on the Shabbat? Is there a difference between the Hebrew words for labor (Strong’s Hebrew lexicon No. 5647, ?abad) and work (Strong’s 4399, melakah)? Why is the Shabbat “holy” (Strong’s 6942, qadosh)?

How do we “honor” our father and mother? Does it matter if they are believers in Yeshua or not?

What does it mean to not “murder,” “commit adultery,” “steal” or “bear false witness against your neighbor” (Ex. 20:13–16)?

Why does the 10 Commandments end with the commandment against coveting? What is coveting (Strong’s 2530, khamad)?

What is the first crop to be harvested in the Land of Israel? Why did God tell them to leave a little of their crops behind for the alien and the needy? Why is the book of Ruth traditionally connected to Shavu’ot?

The Israelites left Egypt not knowing for certain where they were going or how they were going to get there. Do you know where God is taking you?

How did Moses bring bread down from heaven while Yeshua, who came down from heaven, give bread from the earth?

Speaker: Richard Agee.


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