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Discussion in '2000-02 Archive' started by donnA, Dec 5, 2002.
Why did God give the 10 commandments at a different time then the rest of the law?
I don't know.
[ December 05, 2002, 09:19 PM: Message edited by: Joseph Botwinick ]
Maybe because Moses couldn't carry down ALL the 613 laws of stone tablets... it was probably tough enough just to tote the 10 C's. But, so much for the weightier matters of the Law.
I don't believe He did if you read Exodus 20.
The Law seems to have been given all at once.
The break is brief and comes when the people express fear after hearing God speak the first ten commandments and ask that Moses speak for God lest they die.
The Ten Commandments seem to be a preamble to the Law.
Then why did Moses wait to give them the rest of the law?
Also I wondered if they being seperate, meant there was a difference in the types of law being given?
Why do you think he did? There is no indication from the text that is was two different times. It seems to have all been at once. The casuistic (case) law may have developed over time as God gave leading to Moses and the 70 elders. I don't think that would be a problem. But the Law was the Law. There is no difference in it. It was a indivisible unit that all lived by.
The Bible doesn't really indicate whether the Mosaic Covenant was all given at one time or at separate times. What we do see, though, is that the Mosaic Covenant was given in three separate parts.
COMMANDMENTS - expressing God's righteous will (Exodus 20:1-26)
JUDGMENTS - governed Israel's social life, their interaction with others (Exodus 21:1-24:11)
ORDINANCES - governed Israel's religious life, their interaction with God (Exodus 24:12-18:18)
For a good summary of the Mosaic Covenant and Christian teachings on the law, see the Scofield Study Bible summary found at Galatians 3:24 - good, solid Bible teaching...
God bless you!
Thank you Keith, exactly what I was looking for.