Tuesday, July 10, 2007

10 Commandment Mnemonics

Heard an interesting way to recall all of the 10 commandments. Associate each number with a picture in your mind like this:

One = Run...visualize Yahweh or Yahushua running for a finish line, coming in first and saying, "You shall have no other El (God) before Me".

Two = Shoe...visualize Yahweh beating a handmade idol to pieces with a shoe saying, "You shall not make any idols" (Oh, btw, I'm paraphrasing these... check your bibles for the actual wording...though I suspect they may be paraphrased too, lol)

Three = Tree...visualize cutting into a tree and hitting a "vein" (makes no sense, but just imagine it, lol) and sap oozing out of the tree. Hitting the vein reminds you not to use the name of Elohim in vain.

Four = Door...visualize a door with 5 deadbolts on it. You're shut in behind the door and not coming out until sabbath is over. This is: Keep holy the sabbath day.

Five = Dive...visualize you're about to make the world's greatest dive and your parents are there to cheer you on. You let the crowd know that you'll be making the dive in your parents' honor. This is: Honor thy father and thy mother.

Six = Stick...visualize beating a murderer with a stick and telling him, "Thou shall not kill"

Seven = Heaven...visualize someone trying to get in to heaven, but being shut out and they are told it is because they're an adulterer. This is: Thou shall not commit adultery.

Eight = Gate...visualize a beautiful gate you'd like to have in front of your home. You don't want to spend the money to buy it, however, so you steal it. You guessed it: Thou shall not steal!

Nine = Vine...visualize a bear swinging on a vine and landing on a court's witness stand. This is: Thou shall not bear (get it?) false witness against thy neighbor. (Silly, I know...but it helps, huh?)

Ten = Hen...visualize a hen who just laid an egg. She's laying on that egg and won't move because she knows everyone wants to steal it from under her. This is: Thou shall not covet thy neighbor's goods or wife.

Now, I understand that Catholics and Protestants number the commandments differently, but I find this to be helpful in recalling the Protestant numbering so that, "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success." Joshua 1:8

Hope this helps you too.


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