Jewish 2

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The Second Covenant On their way to the promised land (Canaan), an important episode took place A second, renewed and more detailed covenant is established between God and the Israelites Moses receives the covenant (as Abraham had before The reception of the 10 commandments
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The Second Covenant He ascended Mt. Sinai and spent 40 days and 40 nights learning from God all of God’s ways (according to the Old Testament) These were the laws that the Hebrews were to follow. For the second time, God promised to protect these people in return for their obedience to his laws.
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The Second Covenant However, when he came down he found that the people, in his short absence, had lost heart and returned to worship of idols They had melted all their gold down and made a “golden calf”—to worship
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The Second Covenant Moses was furious—smashed the tablets the 10 commandments had been written on As the story goes, Moses pleaded with God on behalf of the Israelites who had broken the covenant
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The Second Covenant Returned to Mount Sinai (Mt. Horeb) and received the 10 commandments again These were placed in the “ark of the covenant” and guarded as the sacred presence of God in the midst of the Hebrews as they wandered the desert for 40 years (a punishment)
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The Second Covenant Ark of the covenant was carried in an elaborate tent called a “tabernacle”
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The Second Covenant “Levites” were the tribe of Israelites dedicated to guarding the Ark of the Covenant in the tabernacle Levites were a priestly tribe who always accompanied the Ark
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Now, the covenant that had been established between Yahweh and Abraham, was spelled out in more concrete detail through the commandments You’ve probably heard of many if not all of these The 10 commandments have been quite influential in shaping some values of Western culture, up to and including many of our laws
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The 10 commandments in brief I am the Lord your God, You shall have no other gods before me.
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