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DAILY READINGS

Scriptures to be read before the sermon on Sunday, September 22:

Monday: Exodus 19:16-20 & Psalm 104:31-32

Tuesday: Exodus 24:12-18

Wednesday: Psalm 29:3-10

Thursday: I Kings 19:9-13

Friday: Psalm 104:1-9

Saturday: Hebrews 12:18-29

EDITORIAL

“The Ten Commandments”

Dr. Patrick Miller writes in his book on the Ten Commandments that few biblical texts have played as large a role in the church and public life. The Ten Commandments probably rank along with the Lord’s Prayer and the Twenty-Third Psalm as the best-known and most memorized texts from the Bible.

The way that the Ten Commandments are communicated in Scripture tells us that they are intended to be the basic guidelines for our life. Among the indicators of their importance are the following:

  • Unlike any other body of instruction in the Old Testament, the Ten Commandments are given twice (Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5).
  • They are given by the Lord directly to the people – “face to face” (Deuteronomy 5:4). This is the only time such direct speech to the whole people takes place.
  • They are the first piece of legal material in the Bible and are separated from the statutes and ordinances that follow in the remainder of Exodus.
  • They are written by the finger of God on stone – to make clear their source and endurance (Exodus 31:18).
  • They are placed in the Ark of the Covenant – the Lord’s dwelling place in the midst of the people (Deuteronomy 10:5) while other legislation (instruction) is written on a scroll (not stone) and put beside the Ark, but not in it (Deuteronomy 31:24-26).
  • All these features suggest that there is something of primary importance about the Ten Commandments. Repetition, placement, highlighting and divine authorship – all serve to inform the community of faith that these are the foundation for life as God’s people.

    Join us this coming Sunday and each Sunday this fall as we study these incredibly important parts of Scripture.

    John Harp

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