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    Desert Experience

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    God provided for the people’s

    survival in the desert but the people continued complaining to him.

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    The Manna is a substance produced by the action of insects on tamarisk bushes. The Quails pause to rest in the

    Sinai region during migration andare easily caught for food.

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    These are nevertheless the gifts of God for their survival but then the

    people continued to complain who have been used to a comparative luxury of life in gypt. The people of

    God are not slow to complain as they  !ourney to the mountain of God.

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    Three months after they had been freed from the gyptians" the #sraelites reached Mt. Sinai.

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    There Moses  was summoned

     by God to give his message that as a people

    they are bound to God by a covenant"

    re$uiring themto behave according to certain laws

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      The Sinai

    covenant demanded the people of #srael

    to behave as God’s people under God’s

    laws andconditions.

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    xodus %&'( " the people ratified the

    covenant ' )*e will do everything

    that the +ordhas told us.,

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    They became one nation and united

    in God as they shared in the sprinkling of the  blood of the lamb on the altar and on the people. #srael’s obedience

    to the covenant  was the basis of en!oying life with

    God.

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    Still the people complaint of the hardships encountered in the desert and so God punished them by wandering for

    forty years in the desert and some are stuck dead by God. The people who came out of gypt were not worthy to see

    promises of God to be fulfilled.

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    Some of these experiences'

    The Golden -alf  ebellion at /adesh   the people chose somebody to lead

    them back to gypt Miriam and 0aron rebelled against

    Moses  The 1ron2e Serpent

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    The desert experiences provided #srael the knowledge of their own God. *ho 3ahweh is and his

    character. 3ahweh shown 4imself as a 5rovidential God who provides the needs of his people while they

     were still in their !ourney towardsthe 5romised +and.

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    The desert experiences of the

    people of #srael helped them toform themselves as a community and a nation with common experiences bound together by the

    covenant with God. Their conscience were form to care for the poor" liberation of slaves and

    particular sensitivity to foreigners. These were traces of early social awareness of the people of #srael.

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    6id your ever know of a lawless

    society76id you hear news of pirates in Somalia abducting seamen passing along the gulf near their country7

    5erhaps you heard what kind of government do they have in their country7 -an you comment on this7

    8n the other hand why did you sign the contract in your Student 4andbook7

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     *hat is expected of you when you signed the Student 4andbook7

     follow and obey the rules and regulations of the institution

     behave and act as expected by the

    institution share in the vision9mission of the institution

     to accept the penalties stipulated in the policies of the institution  whenever violations are committed  by misconduct or misbehaviour.

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    ules and regulations are meant for the

    common good and at the same time they express the ideals of the institution. These rules and regulations are

    commonly known as laws thatprescribed ways and means by which  we are to conduct ourselves in relation to others. They imply a certain kind of

    moral behaviour. +et us now examine how God and #srael enter into a covenant law.

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    Moses was regarded as the

    great 4ebrew lawgiver and leader who led the

    #sraelites out of slavery in gypt to the land of -anaan" where they settled as an organi2ed nation.

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    The 1iblical accounts show that in the third month after the xodus" Moses

     went to the peak of a mountain in the Sinai desert

     while his people  were encamped at the foot of this mountain.

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    There he received the moral law for their community life" the Ten -ommandments"

     which became the  basis of what later known as the

    Mosaic law" or the Torah.

    :x. %;'%9

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    The function of the Mosaic law was to

    make known the willof God to his people. #t was not regarded as ordinary law" but as the explicit expression of the will of God demanded by

    the -ovenant? the  basis for the community life of

    #srael.

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    The Ten -ommandments

    served as guidefor decisions about what was right and wrong. The Mosaic law

     was the central and the

    distinguishing mark of the @ewish religion.

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    “I , the Lord, am your God. You shall not have other gods

    beside Me.” 

    God as first

    priority 

    #dolatry"

    materialism

    /nowing and loving

    God" gratitude for all his blessings

    Second

    “You shall not take the name of the  Lord, in vain.” 

    espect for God’s name" sacred persons" places" things and events

    1lasphemy" inattentiveness in prayer

    1ehaving properly in -hurch and during prayer times" not using religion for selfish motives

    Third

    “Remember to keep holy the abbath

    day.” 

    Sunday worshipand rest Aon9observance ofSunday obligation -elebrating Sundayliturgy" having family bonding and healthy leisure time

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    Dourth

    “!onor your father and your mother.” 

    espect for 5arents and legitimate authority 

    6isrespect" disobedience" taking parents for granted

    especting and following one’s parents" helping in household

    chores

    Difth

    “ You shall not kill.” 

    espect for life

    Suicide" smoking" fighting

    Taking care of one’s health

    Sixth

    “You shall not "ommit adultery.” 

    espect for sexuality as a God9given gift

    #ndecent exposure" pornography 

    especting girls

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    Seventh

    )You shall not steal.” 

    espect for private property"

     !ustice and stewardship

    Stealing"  vandalism" and cheating

    Taking care of  borrowed books" observing waste segregation

    ighth

    “You shall not bear  false #itness against

    your neighbour.” 

    Good name" reputation" truthfulness

    +ying" gossiping" slander

    Giving sincere compliments" being truthful in thought"

     word and deed

    Ainth

    “You shall not "ovet your neighbour$s

    #ife.” 

    -lean thoughts +ust Turning away from temptations

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    Tenth 

    “You shall not "ovet

    your neighbour$sgoods.” 

    Simplicity" gratitude for one’s blessings

    nvy" discontent for what one has

    1eing for the success of others" not

    showing off one’s wealth or privileges