On the tenth day of Christmas...
"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery..." Exodus 20.2
With these words God establishes his authority for what follows: ground rules for living faithfully, which have come to be known as "The 10 Commandments" and remain the bedrock of morality in societies which have been shaped by Judeo-Christian principles. Here's a quick refresher of what they are:
I am the LORD thy God
No other gods before me
No graven images or likenesses
Not take the LORD's name in vain
Remember the sabbath day
Honour thy father and thy mother
Thou shalt not kill
Thou shalt not commit adultery
Thou shalt not steal
Thou shalt not bear false witness
Thou shalt not covet
Might these be what the "10 Lords a-leaping" are pointing us towards? They surely complement yesterday's 9 Fruits of the Spirit, represented by the "9 Ladies Dancing". Moral principles seasoned by spiritual graces are like flesh on the bones of a healthy body. And the moral authority of God can only have been compounded by his leading us out slavery to sin, through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
So take your partners, please, and let the dance continue...