The Ten Commandments (illustration from a Bible card published 1907 by the Providence Lithograph Company)
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In this week’s Torah portion we are looking at Exodus 18:1–20:23
Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, hears of the great miracles which God performed for the people of Israel, and comes from Midian to the Israelite camp, bringing with him Moses’ wife and two sons. Jethro advises Moses to appoint a hierarchy of magistrates and judges to assist him in the task of governing and administering justice to the people.
The children of Israel camp opposite Mount Sinai, where they are told that God has chosen them to be His “kingdom of priests” and “holy nation.” The people respond by proclaiming, “All that God has spoken, we shall do.”
Seven weeks after the Exodus, the entire nation of Israel assembles at the foot of Mount Sinai for the Giving of the Torah . God descends on the mountain amidst thunder, lightning, billows of smoke and the blast of the shofar, and summons Moses to ascend.
God proclaims the Ten Commandments, in a similar form of a betrothal document (Ketubah),
The people cry out to Moses that the revelation is too intense for them to bear, begging him to receive the Torah from God and convey it to them.
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One In Messiah – Ps Kyal Cumming