The family that started with two had multiplied over the centuries into a nation and had just been miraculously liberated from centuries of slavery by a God they barely knew. After crossing the Red Sea into the wilderness, these broken and confused people stepped out into complete independence for the first time. God used Moses to guide them through the wilderness toward the land promised to their ancestor Abraham.
But before they reached their new home, God gave his redeemed people a set of laws that would create and preserve shalom in the new society they would establish. These laws would keep them from becoming an Empire like they had been saved from. These ten laws guided the people’s interactions with this God they were learning to know and how to treat their neighbors with love and justice.
- Exodus 19:1-6
- Exodus 20:1-17