And among the writings contained in the Hebrew Bible is the book known as Exodus. As many know, too, Exodus recounts the tale of how the Israelites escaped slavery in Egypt before their travels to the Promised Land. But that journey, we are taught, was not an easy one.
According to Exodus, the Israelites spent 40 years wandering the desert, in fact. Ultimately, though, it’s said that their leader, Moses, was instructed to climb Mount Sinai, whereupon God delivered the Ten Commandments. These instructions – which were carved on tablets of stone – supposedly included decrees such as “You shall not kill,” “You shall not steal” and “You shall have no other God before me.”
But the Ten Commandments were not just a set of rules. They were part of a covenant, or promise, between God and the Israelites. In short, since God had saved the Israelites from Egypt, he would continue to watch over them if they obeyed his edicts.