Exodus 20:18-19, Do Not Let God Speak!
When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.”
//When Moses came down the mountain with the ten commandments, he started listing them off to the people.
1. You shall have no other gods before me.
2. You shall not make idols … for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God …
… and the people freaked out. They cried, “Moses, you talk to us. But don’t let God do the talking, or we’ll die!”
But isn’t this Moses talking in the first place, just repeating what God told him? Maybe not. The chapter starts with:
And God spoke all these words
Curiously, though, after these first two commandments, the tense switches from first-person to third-person:
3. You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.