One day, a long time ago, a simple shepherd named Moses was tending a flock. Suddenly, he noticed a burning bush to his right...a bush that seemed to be calling his name.
"Hey, Moses....yeah, you, c'mere," the bush commanded.
"I don't think so, " Moses replied. He wasn't in the habit of answering to talking bushes which were on fire.
"C'mon, kid. It's me...God. I have chosen you for a very special mission."
Intrigued, Moses sauntered over to the bush, his shepherding rod in hand just in case this was a practical joke his brother, Aaron, was playing. If it was, that long overdue smackdown was surely in Aaron's immediate future.
"Wassup?" Moses asked, suspiciously.
"Well, its about time. I have been burning here for about 2 hours trying to get your attention," God admonished Moses.
"Yeah, well.....you know, we're in a desert. It's like, a hundred degrees out here. If you really wanted to catch my attention, why didn't you show yourself as, I don't know, a snow cone, or a piece of ice? I would have come running for that."
"Look," God answered, "Can we just get down to business?"
"Or a big pitcher of cold beer. That definitely would have..."
"Moses!" God shouted, "Concentrate, okay? Here's the scoop: you have been chosen to lead your people out of slavery, then deliver the Ten Commandments to them so they have guidelines for living good and righteous lives. Got it?
"Okay, " Moses agreed, "but not tonight. I have bowling tonight. Hey, can I see those Ten Whatamacallit's?"
"Ten Commandments, " God corrected him, "Sure, take a look-see."
Out of the sky fell two large tablets, with Five Commandments written on each. The tablets landed at Moses feet, and he stooped to retrieve them. After a few minutes of reading, Moses spoke up.
"Hey, God, listen....these are real good and all...."
"Thank you, " said God.
"Except for this one....Thou Shalt Not Gossip. Listen, bud, I don't think that one's gonna fly, "
"Are you serious, Moses? You are questioning the Lord, your God?" God really knew a lot about voice projection, and now his voice was booming.