- God gives Moses two stone tablets
- Moses breaks the tablets when he sees the Israelites worshipping a Golden Calf.
- There is no mention what these first tablets say
- Moses gets a second copy of the first tablets
- The commandments on the tablets are NOT what we claim is "The 10 Commandments"
- Scroll to the bottom if you'd want to see what they say
I ofcourse encourage you to read the entire story.
Exodus Chapter 24 opens up with a little bit of some good old-fashioned animal sacrifice! Moses burns some oxen, sprinkles the blood on his fellow Israelites, and MAN does God love it! Well, despite its context, I'd imagine it smelled like a decent little barbecue.
A bit later, Moses, Aaron, and two other guys go up the mountain and they see God, and I guess they thought He was pretty awesome because they noticed that Almighty Creator was wearing some sapphire rocks under His feet! Interesting shoes, no doubt, but still odd that these rough men would be so keen on divine footwear! To be honest, I would probably look at God's feet, too. I'd imagine they would look strange.
Well, Mr. YHWH tells Moses and his friends that He's going to write something on stone, and that Moses must show it to the Israelites. God creates a cloud on top of Mt. Sinai, and Moses joins Him in the cloud. Moses and God hang out in the cloud for 40 days and 40 nights.
During this time, the Israelites get restless. They apparently NEED to worship SOMETHING! I must admit I have no idea what that must feel like. Or at least, I don't remember having that need. So, someone (Aaron of all people!) has the bright idea of making a golden calf.
- Thou shalt worship no other god (For the Lord is a jealous god).
- Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.
- The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep in the month when the ear is on the corn.
- All the first-born are mine.
- Six days shalt thou work, but on the seventh thou shalt rest.
- Thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, even of the first fruits of the wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year's end.
- Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread.
- The fat of my feast shall not remain all night until the morning.
- The first of the first fruits of thy ground thou shalt bring unto the house of the Lord thy God.
- Thou shalt not seethe a kid in its mother's milk.