Why GOD Has The Right To Issue The Ten Commandments: Part 2 of 3

Exodus 20:2

Deuteronomy 5:6

I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

In Exodus 20:2 we see the Ten Commandments as the LORD GOD spoke them to Moses and the children of Israel, while in Deuteronomy 5:6 we see the Ten Commandments as repeated by Moses to the children of Israel just before they went into the Promised Land. Moses repeated word for word GOD’s preface to the Ten Commandments.

Here GOD gives three reasons why He has the right to give the Ten Commandments; the foundational commandments for people to live in the Kingdom of GOD while still here on earth.

Reason Two:…which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt…

In looking up the definitions of the Hebrew words for this phrase, the words used by the translators seem completely accurate. Now we must ask ourselves, “What is the significance of this phrase? Why did the LORD GOD use these words?”

The land of Egypt was the land where Jacob, become Israel, and his family went during a great famine for sustenance. The children of Israel lived there in safety during the life of Joseph, who ruled Egypt as the number two to Pharaoh. Some time after Joseph died the children of Jacob (become Israel) grew in such numbers that the Egyptians became afraid of what the Israelites might do; that they might overthrow the Egyptians or help an enemy of Egypt overthrow them. Therefore, the Egyptians made the Israelites their slaves. The larger the Israelite population grew, the harsher the Egyptians treated them; the worse the Egyptians treated the Hebrews (Israelites), the more the Hebrews grew in number.

The land of Egypt was also a land of a number of gods. The land of Egypt was, at that time, amongst the greatest military powers in the world, and believed they were so because of the gods they served. Modern man thinks he is smarter and better because he does not believe in gods, or in Almighty GOD; yet, because of this self chosen spiritual ignorance understands little of why the world and the people in it behave as they do. Ignoring and denying the truth does not make that truth go away, it just makes it easier for the gods deceiving you to keep you subservient to them.

Even many Christians of today deny the existence of gods, and relegate them to myth and legend out of sheer ignorance. Ignorance can be cured by gaining wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Even Almighty GOD acknowledges their existence throughout the Holy Scripture, and has made commandments concerning them.

The ten plagues upon Egypt were not just plagues and judgments upon the people of Egypt, but were also ten judgments against the gods of Egypt; as well as was the destruction of the Egyptian army in the Red Sea.

Sign/Plague/Judgment

Egyptian god(s) being judged

Aaron cast down his rod and it became a serpent. The Egyptian magicians did the same thing. Then the serpent that Aaron’s rod became swallowed up the Egyptian magicians’ serpents (rods). Apepi
Water turned into blood. The Egyptian magicians did the same. The water remained blood for at least seven days. The Nile River

Khnum

Sati

Hapi

Osiris

Hathor

Neith

Sobek

Apepi

Land filled with frogs. Egyptian magicians did the same. GOD removed the frogs. Heka
Dust becomes lice/gnats. Egyptian magicians could not copy. GOD removed the lice/gnats. Seth, Geb, Ra, Osiris
Swarms of flies. GOD removed the swarms of flies. Ra, Vatchit (Baalzebub)
Very grievous murrain on the cattle: horses, asses, camels, oxen, and sheep; plaguing all the Egyptians’ cattle but sparing the Israelites’ cattle. GOD removed the plague. Apis-Osiris (Serapis)

Ptah

Hathor

Erupting boils on man and beast; including the magicians. GOD removed the boils. Ptah

Osiris

Sekhmet

Imhotep

Serapis

Hail and fire mingled with hail that killed both man and beast, only of the Egyptians. GOD ended the hail and fire. Nut

Gen

Amun-Ra

Osiris

Pharaoh

Locusts. GOD removed the locusts. Sobek

Ra

Shu

Darkness. GOD removed the darkness. Nut

Amun-Ra

Pharaoh

Death of the firstborn of man and beast. Heka

Isis

Min (Menu-ka-mut-f)

Horus

Osiris

Bes

Pharaoh

Amun-Ra

Destruction of the Egyptian army in the Red Sea. Maat

Horus

Pharaoh

Montu

Neith

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