19 December 2012

The actual Ten Commandments

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook, and I was pretty surprised that I hadn't heard of it before. There are, it would seem, two versions of the Ten Commandments. No, not Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5 – the other ones in Exodus. They're significant because unlike the ones popularly cited, the scriptures specifically refer to these as "the Ten Commandments":
27 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.” 28 Moses was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant—the Ten Commandments. [Exodus 34]
What, you might ask, are these Ten Commandments? What timeless moral wisdom did the all-knowing, all powerful Lord and Creator of the Universe impart on his chosen Holy People?

1.) Do not make any idols.
2.) Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread
3.) The firstborn offspring of every womb belongs to me, including all firstborn males of your livestock
4.) Redeem the firstborn donkey with a lamb, but if you do not redeem it, break its neck. Redeem all your firstborn sons
5.) No one is to appear before me empty handed
6.) Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest
7.) Celebrate the Festival of Weeks with the firstfruits of the wheat harvest, and the Festival of Ingathering at the turn of the year
8.) Do not offer the blood of a sacrifice to me along with anything containing yeast, and do not let any of the sacrifice from the Passover Festival remain until morning
9.) Bring the best of the firstfruits of your soil to the house of the Lord your God
10. Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk
  


Hmmm... I wonder why no one is trying to get these put up at courthouses.....

Handing out these flyers for the Festival of Weeks is a pain in the...

h/t: Brackforce

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