Vocabulary Words Mount Sinai- a mountain peak in the rocky southern part of the Sinai peninsula. Miracle-an extraordinary event that is beyond human power and brought about by God. Manna- a sweet bread-like food that God provided for the Israelites in the desert. Ten Commandments- the laws of Gods covenant given to Moses on Mount Sinai. Ark of the Covenant- a wooden box in which the tablets of the Ten Commandments were kept.
Page 108- Moses led God’s people through the wilderness The Israelites were beginning their journey to the land of Canaan, the land that God promised them. The Israelites faced a long journey through the wilderness of the Sinai Peninsula. The description of the journey is found in Chapters 16-18 in the book of Exodus. The Israelites were wandering many years in the wilderness. God tested his peoples faithfulness again and again. God often asked them to do things that at first did not seem reasonable to them. When they followed God’s will they saw the wisdom of God’s plan for them.
Page 109 The Israelites did not always follow God’s will for them. They grumbled against Moses for the hardships of this journey through the wilderness. God demonstrated his faithfulness to his people. He watched over them and worked many miracles.
Miracles in the Desert When the people complained they could not drink the bitter water at Marah, God had Moses change it into drinkable water. When they complained that they had no food, God sent small birds called quail. God provided them with manna. When the Israelites again grumbled that they had no water, God instructed Moses to strike a certain rock and water miraculously gushed out.
The Ten Commandments 1. I am the Lord your God, you shall not have strange gods before me. 2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vein. 3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day. 4. Honor your father and your 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 wife. 10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
Page 110-God gave his people the Law Moses went to Mt. Sinai to pray to God. There God reminded Moses the Israelites were God’s people. The Israelite people were consecrated to God in a special way. They all worshiped God and offering sacrifices to him. On the third day of their stay on Mt. Sinai, God appeared to the people. Clouds and smoke surrounded Mt. Sinai. There was thunder and lightning and the sound of trumpets. God made his presence known. God gave the 10 commandments to Moses and this was a symbol of the covenant between God and the people. Moses came down from the mountain and shared the laws with the people. They agreed to follow the laws. Moses built an altar with twelve pillars that represented the 12 tribes of Israel and the 12 sons of Jacob.
Page 111 Moses returned to Mt. Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights praying to God. 40 and 12 are symbolic because: - 40 days Jesus was in the desert and 40 days Noah was on the arch. -12 pillars of stone on the alter and the 12 tribes of Israel and the 12 apostles. New Covenant- sealed with Jesus blood at the last supper and his death on the cross. We celebrate the New Covenant when we receive the Eucharist.