ANSWER: You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below—you shall not bow down to them or worship them. You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Honor your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony. You shall not covet.
If you could summarize the content of the Ten Commandments in one or two sentences, what would you say?
Has anyone ever kept the Ten Commandments perfectly? How did the Israelites behave after the giving of the law? See both Exodus 24:3-8 and 32:1-6.
The Ten Commandments are enumerated in two places: Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5. In each case a statement that God makes about himself precedes the commandments. (See Exodus 20:2 and Deuteronomy 5:6.) What is this statement and why do you think it comes before the commandments? What does this order--God's statement followed by the giving of the law--tell you about our relationship to God? Some food for thought on this topic: