Torah Commentary -Yitro (Jethro) -A Graven Image -Day 20, Month 11, 5777; 16 February 2017


Torah Commentary
Yitro (Jethro)
Exodus 18:1-20-23
Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6
Matthew 5:21-30; 15:1-11
Hebrews 12:18-29
James 2:8-13
A Graven Image
Imagine this vision with me for a moment. Over one million men, women and children camped around the base of Mount Sinai waiting direction from the Creator of the Universe. Passover in Egypt was just over a month earlier. This time period we know as the time of the counting of the Omer. Their days of counting have been quite remarkable filled with many miracles. Miracles of redemption from Egypt, a sea parting, food from the heavens and now water which flows from a rock are just the beginning of the list. But hold on, they haven’t seen anything yet. Moshe gives instructions to the Hebrews. It’s time for them to prepare for a personal meeting with HaShem!
How incredible it sounded to hear that HaShem wanted to meet with them. It all sounded so good until…the mountain before them began to shake. Fire and thunders were seen. A booming voice began to speak from the midst of the cloud. These people must have thought they were surely going to die at any moment. I do not think words could fully describe the event taking place.
Out of the midst of this picture Elohim gives them Ten declarations, known to us as the Ten Commandments. Though they were given to the Hebrews, think for a moment how much these words have shaped societies, cultures and nations throughout the centuries. There have never been words which have had more of an impact on mankind than these. In our day these words are once again drawing lines in the sands of nations and invoking a choice for people to make whether they will be for or against these controversial principles. For instance, in the state of Oklahoma, where my family has lived, the battle regarding the ability to display a monument at the capitol with these words inscribed, is still being fought. Anybody ever heard of the words of Shakespeare or Plato or any other writer causing this much controversy? Of course not. It is only the words of the Almighty Creator which are fought over. Why? His Words are sharper than a two edged sword. The Ten Words cause a person to reflect and demand a decision concerning the One who wrote the Words.  (Click to Article)

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