Scripture tells us what to do but do we obey? In the wake of getting away from the Egyptians through the Red Sea, the Israelites went through the wilderness and showed up at Mount Sinai. It is here that the Ten Commandments and guidelines on how to fabricate the Tabernacle were given to them. We also find out about the significance of obedience to God and how His laws uncover sin, and what to do for living righteously.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
The Israelites had just come from Egypt where many gods and idols were worshipped for different aspects of life. The people did this because they thought they could get more blessings. God was telling them that He was the One True God. They needed to learn this and if they did not learn this, they could not be His people, no matter if they were faithful in keeping the other commandments.
How many of us today have let worldly values take over our lives? If we center our thoughts and hopes on things like money, fame, objects, etc., we fail in focusing on the meaning and security that God can give. We may not start out worshipping things like these, but over time, they can end up controlling our lives. God should be the center focus of our lives.
Question - does it really matter what day is observed as the Sabbath? Why argue about it?
Honor thy father and thy mother, but we are not to place them before God.
Thou shalt not kill.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
Thou shalt not covet.
The fifth commandment had a promise added to it, honor thy father and mother. That means speaking well of them, being polite, and showing them courtesy and respect. This will lead to building good family ties and respect for authority.
Bearing a false witness is understood as making false evidence in a court of law. We should not twist the truth, invent a lie, deceive others, leave something out of a truthful statement, etc.
What does it mean to covet something? It is envying what others have, like 'oh I wish I had what he or she has. Admiring what others may have is one thing, coveting is a way of wanting to have or take something away from someone else, which leads to stealing.
Only God can supply all our needs. We need to learn to be content with what God gives us. Why is it that so many people want more and more and expect God to provide it? Does it honor Him? Does it bring glory to God?
So how many of us do or do not do these things? How many of us seek after God's ways and follow them? As Elijah made a challenge to the people, we must take a stand. To whom do we follow?
Moses was tending sheep and saw a bush burning that was not consumed by the fire.
In verses 1-4:
Moses had everything accomplished for him for he was the child of an Egyptian princess. As a shepherd, he needed to thoroughly take care of himself. He was holding the vocation he was educated to loathe (Genesis 43:32; 46:32-34), and he lived as an obscure outsider. How humbling this must have been for Moses. In any case, God was getting ready Moses for a leadership position. Living as a shepherd and a traveler, he found out about the methods of the people that he would before long be driving and about existence in the wilderness. Moses could not see this; however, God was preparing him to free the people of Israel.
God had spoken to Moses through a burning bush, which was unforeseen. Moses went to investigate this phenomenon when he saw it. God may utilize startling sources when working in our lives. It could emerge out of others, encounters we may confront, or even our thoughts. We must be willing to examine these opportunities and be available to any surprises God may present to us.
Moses saw a bush on fire and talked with God. Numerous individuals in the Bible experienced God in noticeable structures, although not human. Abraham saw the smoking firepot and a torch flaming (Genesis 15:17). Jacob grappled with a man (Genesis 32:24-29). God drove the children of Israel through the wilderness with fire and cloud as pillars. Such appearances God used to direct His people, energize them, and demonstrate that He was reliable.
In verses 5-8:
Moses took off his shoes and secured his face when God told him to. Removing the shoes was an indication of veneration, demonstrating unworthiness of himself before God. God is our sovereign Lord, to move toward Him pointlessly is indicating an absence of regard and genuineness. While worshiping God, do we approach Him in a casual manner, or as a welcomed visitor before a king? We ought to modify our perspectives when coming before God for anything. (Genesis 28:16-17, Exodus 19:12, Joshua 5:15, Acts 7:33, Genesis 31:42, Deuteronomy 6:3)
In verses 10-12:
Moses rationalized, or made excuses, on the grounds that he felt lacking for what God was telling him to do. This is a characteristic inclination, for he was deficient in his own merit. Be that as it may, God was not telling Moses that he would work alone. God offered himself as an asset, he would have Aaron, and he would have the ability to do miracles. God regularly considers us to do undertakings that may appear to be challenging, yet He does not have us do them by ourselves. We ought not to hide behind our deficiencies; however, we should look to God for strength. (Acts 7:34, Exodus 4:10-12, Acts 7:7)
We need to listen to and for God's voice. We may hear but our attitudes are not where they should be. Some may not be willing to listen. Some talk so much they cannot hear God speak. Many prophets told the Israelites to 'Hear the word of the Lord'. Do we? In addition, we do not need to exclaim, 'What if there is no bush burning?' God will always use something to gain our attention, to get us to stop and listen to Him. (John 8:43, Numbers 9:8, Matthew 11:15, John 10:27, Rev2:7, 2:11, 2:17, 2:29, 3:6, 3:13, 3:20)