The Covenant at Sinai

God, who made the whole world, had chosen Israel as the nation to bring his word to the rest of the nations.

God would have a personal relationship with Israel.

Israel in return, would carry God's message to the rest of the family of nations.

A thick cloud appeared above the mountain and Moses entered it alone, but the people could hear the voice of God from the cloud.

The people heard the conditions of God, the rules we know as the Ten Commandments:

1. I am the Lord your God, you shall not have false gods before me.

2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

3. Keep holy the Sabbath Day.

4. Honor your father and mother.

5. You shall not kill.

6. You shall not commit adultery.

7. You shall not steal.

8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

9. You shall not covet your neighbor's goods.

10. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.

When Moses came down, he built an altar and the people sealed the covenant with a sacrifice.

God was keeping his covenant promise: Israel was a nation of priests, speaking directly with God.