So You Think You Know the “Ten Commandments”?

Rembrandt_Harmensz._van_Rijn_079Christians are at least somewhat familiar with the so-called “Ten Commandments” that were spoken by God through Moses in the book of Exodus (Ex. 20:3-17), but what most Christians don’t realize, is that these are not the actual Ten Commandments written on stone tablets that were placed in the Ark of the Covenant. God never called the commandments mentioned in Exodus 20, the “Ten Commandments”. The real Ten Commandments (so-named by God*) were listed in Exodus 34:14-26. As you can see below, they are quite different than the ones that some Christians are fighting so hard to put up in our schools and courtrooms.
The REAL Ten Commandments [KJV]:
I. Thou shalt worship no other god.

II. Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.

III. The feast of unleavened bread thou shalt keep.

IV. Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest.

V. Thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest,
and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end.

VI. Thrice in the year shall all your men children appear before the Lord God.

VII. Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven.

VIII. Neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning.

IX. The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the LORD thy God.

X. Thou shalt not seethe [boil] a kid [a young goat] in his mother’s milk.

*This is the only list of commandments referred to as the “Ten Commandments” in the entire Bible (Exodus 34:27-28)

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