Moses and the 10 Commandments of God card
Moses first introduced as a helpless baby in a basket floating in the Nile. The Egyptian Pharaoh had decided to slaughter all the Hebrew baby boys because of the rapid increase in the Hebrew population. Moses placed in a basket and put onto the Nile. He spotted by the Pharaoh’s daughter who took pity on him and took him out of the river.
After that he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew slave. He immediately killed him. The next day, out of fear, he ran away into the wilderness. There he encountered seven women by a well who were being bullied by shepherds. Moses drew water for them and watered their flock.
Jethro, the father of the seven young women, very impressed by this and welcomed Moses into his family. He even offered his daughter Zipporah’s hand in marriage. Moses went from prince of Egypt to herding sheep in Midian for Jethro. But God had different plans for him.
God calls Moses
God called him near Horeb (Sinai). He met by a burning bush, the bush burning but not being consumed. God told Moses that He wanted him to bring the Hebrews into “A land flowing with milk and honey” God wanted Moses to persuade the Pharaoh to let his people go. However, at the same time God going to harden the Pharaoh’s heart.
When the Pharaoh finally let the Hebrews go Moses led them out into the wilderness, God spoke to Moses on Mt Sinai. He gave Moses 10 guidelines by which the Israelites could live their lives in a way pleasing to God. These guidelines formed part of the solemn covenant between the Israelites and God. In this agreement, or covenant, God promised to bless the Israelites. They, for their part, agreed to follow in God’s ways.
God’s guidelines for righteous living are known as the 10 Commandments. Scholars refer to them as the Decalogue. These instructions cover both the religious and secular aspects of life. This how to worship God and how to live in harmony with family, friends and the rest of society.
The Ten Commandments
- I am the Lord your God and you shall not have false gods before Me
- You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
- Remember that you keep holy the Sabbath
- Honour your father and your mother
- Thou shall not kill
- You shall not commit adultery
- Thou shall not steal
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour
- Thou shall not covet your neighbour’s wife
- You shall not covet your neighbour’s goods