“Then God spoke all these words: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery…”Exodus 20:1-2 (NRSV)
There is a Frank & Ernest cartoon showing the two in front of a wall of bookshelves in the law library. Frank is saying to Ernest, “It’s frightening when you think that we started out with just 10 commandments.”
Friends, today is Friday, March 6, 2015. God has blessed you!
The Google search engine is great for looking up information. I have one for my sermon preparation that is quite useful. The word “commandments” is listed 147 times in 144 scripture references. Remove the letter “s” and you will find 87 occurrences in 84 sections of scripture the word “commandment.”
When you look up the word “command” you find “authority, control, rule, power, thorough knowledge, understand, order, demand, charge, instruct, directive, commandment”…and the list goes on. I would like to offer a highly simplistic understanding of what I believe God is saying to Moses on Mount Sinai (Genesis 19) when the two come into each other’s presence… “Dance with the one who brung ya, Moses.” (With a Texas twang, of course)
Granted, theologically speaking, I might be bordering on heresy here, folks. But simply stated, God is reminding Moses that first, “I am the Lord your God.”
Second, I, God, “brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery…” God was reminding Moses to remember. God is reminding us to remember all what He has done (out of the house of slavery,) is doing, and promises to do. However, sometimes we have selective short memories. We have myopic (shortsighted) vision. We forget to “dance with the One who brought us” thus far.
We forget that it is life-long dance. We also, at times, forget that somehow God gives us the strength to dance from start to finish. I have two left feet when I dance. My daughter and wife can attest to that fact, however when I dance with God, really dance, the music is perfect and the footing is in sync. I do not know how this happens, but somehow God does.
The commandments are relational. Love God. Love God’s people in community, fellowship and worship. Both have to happen to please God. Folks, “Dance with the One who brung ya.”
See you Sunday in church.