The Real Ten Commandments

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The Real Ten Commandments

Moses and the Ten Commandments

veryone knows that Moses was the leader of his people and that the Lord had instructed him to climb Mount Sinai where he received the ten commandments.  Most people believe that the commandments that Moses recited to his people and which are listed in Exodus Chapter 20 are the ten commandments that were written on the stone tablets that Moses broke.

The commandments in Exodus chapter 20 were never written by the Lord or inscribed on stone tablets as is commonly thought.  The Lord actually wrote the commandments listed in Exodus Chapter 34:1 on the original stone tablets and gave them to Moses.  Moses broke the tablets and for some inexplicable reason recited the commandments listed in Exodus chapter 20 to his people.

It was at a later time when he had ascended Mount Sinai that the Lord gave Moses two tablets of stone on which the Lord had written the ten commandments by hand (Exodus 31:18).  Even though the Lord had told him before descending the mountain that his people were worshiping a golden calf (Exodus 32:7-8), when he actually saw them he destroyed the most sacred and precious things ever given to mankind before anyone else had a chance to see them.

We know exactly what was written on the first set of tablets because in Exodus 34:1 the Lord said to Moses; "Cut two tables of stone like the first; and I will write upon the tables the words that were on the first tables, which you broke . . ." so that the second set of tablets contained exactly the same words as the first set of tablets.

These were the tablets that were placed in the Ark of the Covenant for safe keeping.  Since Moses did not recite the commandments that were written on the first or second set of tablets, the people continued to believe that the commandments that he had recited originally were the ten commandments.

To this day, most people do not realize that the commandments in Exodus Chapter 20 were never written on the stone tablets but were only recited by Moses.  The Lord's ten commandments, as written on both the first and second sets of tablets, can be found in Exodus Chapter 34.

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Moses' Commandments

Gods' Commandments

1. I am the Lord your God who has taken you out of the land of Egypt.

1. You shall have no other gods before Me.

2. You shall have no other gods but me.

2. You shall make for yourself no molten gods.

3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

3. You shall keep the feast of unleaven bread.

4. You shall remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy

4. You shall work for six days but on the seventh day you shall rest.

5. Honor your mother and father.

5. You shall observe the feast of weeks.

6. You shall not murder.

6. Three times a year you shall bring all your male children before the Lord.

7. You shall not commit adultery.

7. You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven.

8. You shall not steal.

8. Neither shall the feast of the Passover be left until the morning.

9. You shall not bear false witness.

9. The first of the first fruits of your land shall be brought unto the house of the Lord your God .

10. You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.

10. You shall not boil a kid in its mother's milk.

Here are the facts as related in the book of Exodus:

The commandments in the left column above were recited by Moses who conviced his people that they had come from the Lord; they were never written.  Moses was the only human that read the commandments on the stone tablets that were given him by the Lord.  For some inexplicable reason, he broke the tablets before anyone else had an opportunity to read them (Exodus 32:19).

He never told the people what was written on the tablets and allowed them to believe that the commandments listed in the left column above and in Exodus Chap. 20 were the ones written on the stone tablets that he broke.

This may be hard to believe until you read Exodus Chapter 34.  In Exodus 34:1, the Lord said to Moses: "Cut two tables of stone like the first and I will write upon the tables the words that were on the first tables that you broke."  What was written is told in Exodus 34:14-26 and can be seen in the table above.  Although the re-written commandments were identical to the ones on the tablets that Moses broke, most of them are not even similar to the ones that Moses had recited to his people.

In Exodus 34:28, it is written:  "And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water.  And he wrote upon the tables the word of the covenant, the ten commandments."

The commandments in the right column of the table above are Gods' real 10 Commandments.  They are the only ones that were placed in the Ark of the Covenant.

The Lord felt his tenth commandment so important that beside being one of the Ten Commandments in Exodus 34:26, it is also mentioned in Exodus 23:19 and in Deuteronomy 14:21.

One of the commandments Moses told his people was "You shall not kill" but the Lord states unequivocally in Exodus 21:12-18 that people shall be put to death for such minor offenses as cursing their parents (Exodus 21:17).  The exception to the commandment "thou shalt not kill" is that it is permissible to kill perceived enemies by attacking or declaring war on them.

Since Biblical times it has also been permissible to kill innocent men, women and children that reside in your enemy's territory.  The Lords' rules of conduct can be learned by reading Exodus Chapters 21, 22 and 23.  If you read carefully, you will find six of the Lords' true commandments listed in Exodus 23:12-19; these were later inscribed on the stone tablets that Moses took to the Lord on Mount Sinai and then placed in the Ark of the Covenant.

According to the Lord, the second set of stone tablets is a duplicate of the first set of tablets that Moses broke (Exodus 34:1).  Many people do not read with comprehension and thus depend on teachers, preachers and Rabbis who continue to carry on the deception.

They teach their congregation that the commandments in Exodus chapter 20 that Moses recited to his people are the ones that Moses placed in the Ark of the Covenant and carted around in the desert for 40 years.  The Bible states that none of the commandments that were recited by Moses in Exodus chapter 20 were ever inscribed on the stone tablets.

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