Chapter 19

The Ten Commandments

“Chapter 19: The Ten Commandments,” Old Testament Stories (1980), 75–78


Mount Sinai

The Israelites traveled in the wilderness for two months. They came to Mount Sinai.

Moses walking up Mount Sinai

Moses went up the mountain. Jesus Christ spoke to him. Jesus told Moses to tell the Israelites how they had been blessed. Jesus had led them out of Egypt. He said the people should obey his commandments. He would bless them.

Moses speaking to Israelites

Moses went down the mountain. He told the people what Jesus said. The people promised to obey. They would do what Jesus said. And Jesus would bless them.

Israelites gathering

Jesus wanted the Israelites to hear his voice. Moses told them to stand at the bottom of a mountain. The mountain was called Mount Sinai.

cloud of smoke around Mount Sinai

A cloud of smoke came on the mountain. Jesus was in the cloud. The mountain shook. Jesus spoke to the people.

Jesus Christ told the people the Ten Commandments. Jesus said:

  1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

  2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.

  3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.

  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

  5. Honor thy father and thy mother.

  6. Thou shalt not kill.

  7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.

  8. Thou shalt not steal.

  9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

  10. Thou shalt not covet.

Exodus 20:1–27; 21–23

Israelites speaking to one another

The people heard Jesus Christ. They were afraid. They did not want Jesus to talk to them. They wanted him to talk to Moses. Then Moses could tell them what Jesus said. Moses went back up Mount Sinai. Jesus gave other commandments for the people.

Jesus appearing to Moses

Moses told Aaron and Aaron’s two sons to come up the mountain. He also told seventy elders to come up. The men went up the mountain. They saw Jesus.

Moses with Jesus Christ

Jesus told Moses to come higher on the mountain. Jesus wrote the commandments on stone with his finger. Jesus gave Moses the commandments.

Moses praying

Moses was gone forty days and forty nights. He did not eat or drink all that time.