Bible Text: Exodus 20:1-17 | Preacher: Nathan Willard | Series: Democracy, Narrative Lectionary Year 1 (2018-19) | The Ten Commandments are often read without context. What did they mean to a people finding the opportunity for self-governance for the first time? One is the message that all human leaders are human. None of them are God, and all will be human. To create an idol out of our leaders, putting them beyond question, puts them on a level with God.