Today’s Reading: Exodus 20-22
Today’s Reflection: Exodus 20:1-2
1) And God spoke all these words, saying, 2) “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
When God imparts the 10 Commandments to Moses, the foundation of the law, He prefaces it with these words: God tells Moses to remind Israel of who He is and what He did for them.
The significance of this is establishing the context of what follows. Many people today, even some Christians, feel the 10 Commandments are an arbitrary set of rules, a code for man to appease God or a way to earn worthiness or salvation.
But this simple preface says something else entirely. God makes clear that when His people were in need, He was the one who stepped in and saved them as a free gift man could not possibly repay. He says, “you needed me, and I was there for you. While you were still unworthy, I saved you. As an extension of this providence, this love, I give you these laws and instructions.” Here God establishes the relationship He desires to have with His people and introduces the Ten Commandments as a fundamental guide to maintaining this relationship.
The Commandments are not the random requests of a petty deity, but the wise instruction of a caring Lord, given to mankind as much for his own good as to glorify God. God has already proven His love for His people through His actions; our desire and commitment to obey His instruction is our loving response to Him.
John 14:15 – “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”