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Friday, August 3, 2012

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In today’s reading, we see God bringing attention back to the Ten Commandments, as well as
expounding upon and re-emphasizing various laws. The theme of the first four commandments
can be summarized in verse 2, “Holiness to the Lord” while the theme of the last 6 commandments
can be summarized in verse 18, “Honor to our fellowman.” However, it’s interesting that the first
commandments emphasized in this line of reminders from Exodus 20 is a combination of “honor to
parents” and “honor of the Sabbath.”
 
Unfortunately, we as God’s people (both in ancient times and today) have the tendency to forget where
we came from and who we should worship. And so God is constantly bringing our thoughts back to
these two important points. “Remember where you came from and respect your parents. But also
beyond them, remember me, your heavenly parent! I created you. You came from ME! Your worship
and allegiance belongs alone to me, for I am the Lord your God.”
 
Throughout this chapter “I am the Lord” is repeated 15 times, at the end of every command. Let’s take
a closer look: I am the Lord of your beginnings, don’t forget that (vs. 3). I am not a God made of stone.
I am the Lord who lives (vs. 4). Offer your sacrifices in the right way (v. 5). I am the God that gives you
all things that pertain to life and godliness (v. 9). My kingdom is based on truth, not lies (vs. 11). My
name is holy, and it cannot be used to cover up a life of sin (vs. 12). I am the God who forgives, so do
not withhold forgiveness from others (vs. 18). Do not make cuttings in your flesh. Your body is mine
(vs. 28). Take care of the poor, the weak, and the outcast (vs. 32, 34). I am the God of judgment and
mercy. . . I have delivered you from slavery (vs. 36). I have given you these statutes so don’t forget
them, but keep them (vs. 37). Above all else, remember, I am the Lord your God, and there is none else!
Worship me! Let us worship Him with a grateful heart today!
 

 

Melodious Echo Mason

Director of Programming, ARME Bible Camp Ministries