God was leading Moses and all the people to Mt. Sinai.
On the way to Mt. Sinai, they made a camp at a place where there was no water.
The people grumbled to Moses.
They were behaving badly and blaming Moses for all their troubles.
By now, they should have known that God would provide.
They were irritated.
They said to Moses, "Why is there no water to drink? Give us water!"
Moses felt badly that the people weren't trusting God.
Moses asked God, "What am I to do?"
God answered him, "Strike the rock with your staff. I will stand with you and make the water come out so the people can drink."
There was plenty of water for everyone.
Moses named that place Messah which means quarreling.
That's what the people were doing.
Finally they reached Mt. Sanai.
The people camped at the bottom of the mountain.
God told Moses to prepare the people.
God said that He was going to tell them how to live.
When the people were ready, God spoke so everyone could hear:
"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
1. You shall have no other gods before me.
2. You shall not make yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of your fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me;
but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.
For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
5. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.
Wow, Can you imagine that!
God spoke His laws so that all could hear!
These are the 10 Commandments of God.
The first four Commandments tell us how to love God.
The next six tell us how to love each other.
God asked Moses to come up the mountain.
Moses did as God asked.
He was on the mountain with God for forty days.
At the end of the forty days, God gave Moses two stone tablets.
The tablets contained the Ten Commandments written by God's own hand.
At the bottom of the mountain, the people became impatient.
They were grumbling again.
They were left alone.
Moses wasn't there with them.
They felt he had abandoned them.
The people did an awful thing.
They broke one of God's commandments.
They made an idol to worship.
They made a golden calf.
After the calf was made, they made an altar.
Then they worshiped the idol.
The people said, "This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt."
The next day, the people declared it a feast day.
There was drunkenness and immoral behavior.
There was singing and dancing.
On the mountain, God knew what was happening.
Moses didn't know.
God told Moses.
God told him that they were worshipping an idol.
"Hurry down to your people," God said.
Moses hurried down the mountain.
When he saw the dancing and the immoral behavior, he threw down the stone tablets he was carrying and they broke.
Moses ordered the people to stop dancing before the idol.
He ordered the altar burned.
He ordered the golden calf burned.
He had them ground into dust
The next day Moses said to the people, "You have committed a great sin against God. I will go back up to God and perhaps I can persuade Him to forgive you.
Moses went back up the mountain
Moses said to God, "These people have sinned against You. They made idols out of gold! Please forgive their sins."
God said, " When the proper time comes I will punish these
people. I have a covenant with these people. I will see them to the
Moses told the people what God said.
They were relieved.
They were sorry.
God asked Moses to come back to the mountain
He wanted the people to have the Ten Commandments.
Moses went to the mountain.
Moses was gone another 40 days.
When Moses came down with the stone tablets, the people were quite a bit different from the last time.
They had learned their lesson.
They trusted God.
God knew they would.
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