I guess God didn’t want the Israelites hanging out in one place very long. They had manna and water out of the rock, and they’d chased those nasty old Amalekites away so they had it pretty good. But they moved again.
In the third month after they left Egypt they came to the Desert of Sinai and camped in front of Mt. Sinai.
God told Moses to go up on the mountain to meet with Him, but not to let anyone else come up there. The people stood at the foot of the mountain and it was covered in smoke because the Lord came down on the mountain in fire. Smoke billowed up from the mountain and the whole mountain trembled violently.
I think I’d be running the other way about now. I bet Moses was scared.
I’m listening, person.
Moses was up on the mountain forty days and forty nights.
That’s a long time. What was he doing up there all that time?
He was what? Talking to God for forty days? They must have had a lot of catching up to do.
Yes, I’ll listen.
While Moses was on that mountain God gave him two tablets of stone with the Ten Commandments written on them.
What are the Ten Commandments?
No way! You mean I have to change my ways? I don’t even want to repeat those.
Okay… Here’s what my person says the Ten Commandments are.
- Honor your people and always do what they say the first time they say it.
- Don’t bark unless you’re chasing away a bad guy.
- Don’t chase cats.
- Don’t eat the cat’s food.
- Don’t eat treats out of the litter box.
- Don’t chew on things that don’t belong to you.
- Don’t steal food.
- Be good when your people leave you alone in the house.
- Don’t jump the fence and run off.
- No mischief.
Hey person, I can’t follow those. I just can’t. They’re too hard. Especially that “No Mischief” one.
What?! There’s a way around it? How? What do I have to do?
My person says that people can’t follow the Ten Commandments for people any better than I can follow the ones she gave me. She says God had to give people another way to get to heaven because nobody can do it themselves. She says that’s a whole other story but it has to do with God loving us so much that He sent His Son to come down and take our place and die on a cross for us.
You mean God’s Son takes care of it for me?
Woo woo! I’m going to go get into some mischief.