Exodus 20:1-2 The First Word

1 And God spoke all these words, saying:
2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

This particular declaration had it’s own conspiracy as so many of the “Firsts” of God in the Word. 

For instance:

1). Israel dropped this Word shortly after the exile in Babylon but eventually added it back in. 

2). The Church, being very anti-Semitic as well as claiming God for themselves included the first part of verse 2 “I am the Lord your God,” but added it to the next declaration making the 2nd, the first. 

3). Taking the first out of the declarations causes what became known of as commandments rather than declarations. You can call them what you want but these 10 words declared by God to Israel were part of His covenant with them and to call them anything else, to me changes the Word of God. 

“I am the Lord thy God”

Here the Lord is making sure that the people know for sure just Who is speaking to them by using His personal Name, “Yahweh” as well as His Title, “Eliohim.”

It’s interesting how even then the Lord uses the plural form, Eliohim, signifying “two or more” and speaking of the God-Head. 

“Yahweh” is known as the Tetragrammaton and means “to be, to cause to become, and to exist.” 

Israel used this title because they had the utmost respect for names, especially the Lords. To them, a name meant something, it signified Who and what God was. That’s why, even today, they write G-d when writing His name. Not because of accidentally using His name in vain, but so that His Name couldn’t be erased or defaced, many times only saying “Adonai,” or simply “The Name” when speaking of Yahweh in prayer or publicity. 

Here at Mt. Sinai, Israel still was not sure if there was only one true God of all the universe and they did not know how to completely trust in Him and Him only. 

So God is stating plainly again that He is the God of the Hebrews Who struck down Egypt. He is the One Who brought them here. 

He is the God of the universe and He has chosen Israel out of all the peoples of the world. He had redeemed Israel and those who had been grafted in and He desired to make a covenant with them, yet this covenant had stipulations of obligations of loyalty and obedience towards the principles and ordinances contained within it. 

This was something that the rest of the world did not have, something that caused Israel to stand out from the rest. 

There were blessings and curses for obeying and disobedience. 

What does this mean for us as spiritual Jews?

Are we grafted into the same covenants with Abraham, Moses, and grace?

Israel was a redeemed people, expected to follow the Lord, yet their redemption was 100% from and by God as long as they kept themselves in these Words. 

He is our Lord, our God, Who brought us out of Egypt ( the world.)

Out of bondage. 

Is it legalism or works if we, as Israel, are obligated to the same principles and ordinances when we have already been redeemed?

Can we simply continue proclaiming how much we love these godly principles while we ignore them?

Is redemption the last “work” or obligation to the Lord?

Jesus sums up the 10 Words for us

Matthew 22:

35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
So we are to love God and in this lies the first 5 Words. 

We are also to love our neighbor, and in this lies the last 5. 

Romans 13:

8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Were these Words just for Israel physically in the past or is it the spiritual implications for the redeemed?

Are you one of the redeemed?

Are these Words perpetual for all of the redeemed?

Are we obligated to keep these Words summed up in the 2 commands by Jesus or do you believe that we are freed by grace?

Do you love God?

Do you love your neighbor?

How do you know?

If you say you do then do you keep the Law?

God has not changed and His Words, feasts, and commands are for our good. 

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About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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