The Israelites arrived in the wilderness of Sinai
2 months after they left Egypt.
They camped at the base of Mount Sinai.
Then Moses climbed the mountain to present himself before God.
God called out to him from the mountain and said
"Give these instructions to the Israelites.
God thundered his commands for all to hear.
1. Do not worship any other gods besides me.
2. Do not make idols of any kind.
3. Do not misuse the name of God.
4. Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
5.Honor your father and mother.
6.Do not murder.
7. Do not commit adultery.
8. Do not steal.
9. Do not testify falsely against your neighbor.
10. Do not covet your neighbor's house...
anything your neighbor owns.
When Israelites heard the thunder,
they trembled with fear.
so they asked Moses to have God speak to them
through Moses; not directly to them
for they could not bear God's awesome power.