Exodus 20:1–17 (NRSV)
Chapter 20Then God spoke all these words: Verse 2I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; Verse 3you shall have no other gods before me. Verse 4You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Verse 5You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, Verse 6but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. Verse 7You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name. Verse 8Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Verse 9Six days you shall labor and do all your work. Verse 10But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work-you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. Verse 11For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.
Verse 12Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. Verse 13You shall not murder. Verse 14You shall not commit adultery. Verse 15You shall not steal. Verse 16You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. Verse 17You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
On this Monday morning we look forward to the third Sunday in Lent as we survey all the readings and hymns that the lectionary brings to us this week. The hymn for this week lifts up our theme, “May all of my joy be a faithful reflection of you. May the earth and the sea and the sky join my song.” That is the disciple’s prayer, that we may be “a faithful reflection of you, Lord.”
The LORD gave the people of Israel a concrete way to reflect the image of God to the world. We see it in our reading for today in Exodus 20. God spoke the words of Law and Promise to the people from the top of Mt. Sinai. These promises show us the heart of God. When we walk in these promises we reflect the heart of God.
God of Promise, may we be students of your word. May our lives reflect your heart as we love you and love our neighbors, just as you taught us. Amen.