As Dr. Peterson mentioned last week, we will be working through the 10 Commandments, or 10 Words, this semester in chapel. He introduced the topic last week, and it is now my task to begin with the first commandment. The initial challenge we face, though, is where exactly the first commandment or word starts and ends. You may have noticed this already, but they are not numbered for us. Later in Exodus and Deuteronomy, the writers refer back to these “10 Words” or Decalogue (Ex. 34:28; Deut. 4:13; 10:4), but they don’t enumerate them for us. Depending on which of at least three different numbering systems you choose, you could come up with 13 words. But, since the text says there are ten, and “Triskaidecalogue” just doesn’t sound right anyway, we’ll stick with ten. But, again, which ten? And what are the parameters of the first?