Exodus 18:13-20:23


Moses’s father-in-law, Jethro, brings Moses’s wife and children to their encampment after hearing about the miracles G-d performed for the people of Israel.  Jethro advises to appoint judges to help with administering justice among his people.

Seven weeks after escaping Egypt, all of Israel camps at the base of Mt. Sinai.  They are told they are chosen to be G-d’s holy nation.  Israel responds that they will do all that G-d has spoken.

G-d descends Mt. Sinai in with thunder, lighting, and smoke.  The sound of the Shofar lets Moses know it’s time for him to ascend.

G-d tells Moses of his commandments.  No idol worship, not taking G-d’s name in vain, keeping Shabbat, honoring their parents, not to murder, no adultery, no stealing, not to bear false witness, and no coveting their neighbor’s property.

Israel asks Moses to receive the Torah from G-d and tell it to them.