Discussing the Texts
Exodus: 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
It is interesting that the lectionary omits verses 4-6, where the divine language has a very sharp edge: “I am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents.” Other verses, 10-11, are left out with no apparent reason based on the text. If I were to preach on this text, I would use verses 1-20. There is no point in ignoring difficult parts of the Bible. In fact, addressing difficult texts can often bear more fruit than a non-problematic text.