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Q 101. What is the preface to the Ten Commandments?

A. The preface to the Ten Commandments is contained in these words, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.1 Wherein God manifesteth his sovereignty, as being JEHOVAH, the eternal, immutable, and almighty God;2 having his being in and of himself,3 and giving being to all his words4 and works:5 and that he is a God in covenant, as with Israel of old, so with all his people;6 who, as he brought them out of their bondage in Egypt, so he delivereth us from our spiritual thraldom;7 and that therefore we are bound to take him for our God alone, and to keep all his commandments.8

  1. Exodus 20:2

    “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

    Deuteronomy 5:6

    “‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. (ESV)

  2. Isaiah 44:6

    Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel
    and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:
    “I am the first and I am the last;
    besides me there is no god. (ESV)

  3. Exodus 3:14

    God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I am has sent me to you.’” (ESV)

  4. Exodus 6:3

    I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord I did not make myself known to them. (ESV)

  5. Acts 17:24

    The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man,

    Acts 17:28


    “‘In him we live and move and have our being’;

    as even some of your own poets have said,

    “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’ (ESV)

  6. Genesis 17:7

    And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.

    Romans 3:29

    Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, (ESV)

  7. Luke 1:74-75

    that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
    might serve him without fear,
    in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

    Galatians 5:1

    5:1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (ESV)

  8. 1 Peter 1:15-19

    but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.

    Leviticus 18:30

    So keep my charge never to practice any of these abominable customs that were practiced before you, and never to make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.”

    Leviticus 19:37

    And you shall observe all my statutes and all my rules, and do them: I am the Lord.” (ESV)


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Copyright © Tim Hopper. Based on Calendar of Readings in the Westminster Standards by Dr. Joey Pipa. Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. · ·