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I find it a little odd that these three great groups who accept the truth of the events and revelations surrounding the Mosaic Covenant all order the commandments in their own way.

I was raised Roman Catholic, so I first learned it in that enumeration. But I converted as a teen to the Protestant side. That’s when I learned they ordered it differently.

Check this comparison:


I get the variations between C and P.

I don’t immediately get how the first commandment in the Jewish ordering makes sense. It’s not technically a commandment. It’s more a statement, far as I can tell.

“I am Mirtika,” is not a commandment, right? 🙂

All the rest are clear imperatives.

But our Jewish  neighbors consider the Lord’s declaration a commandment.

So, I browsed a few sites on Judaism.

It seems that though there are more than 10 “commands,” some relate to the others and may be grouped. (It’s logical to see that “not coveting” covers a couple statements.If one may not have “other gods” then that implies no “graven images.”)

But the statement that comprises the first commandment in the Jewish order is important and accepted as carrying the implied command: BELIEVE that I am the Lord your God. It declares the absolute existence and identity of the sole true God. As such, the declaration and what it implies is preeminent and fundamental to the covenant: that the authority to command all that follows derives from the Being who commands. The Lord.

He can command because He is God. He can reveal what is right and wrong, because He is God. He knows ultimate truth, because He is God. He has the right and they are his, because He is God and He set them free.

Yes. It does make perfect sense. 🙂

Do you have a preference or ordering from among the three?


Note: The chart above is found at the Hebrews4Christians website.