Deep Creek Baptist Church
Sunday October 30
- Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
- Down at the Cross
- Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery
- There Is A Redeemer
- INTRODUCTION:Can you name all the Ten Commandments. ?Big Mac vs. Ten CommandmentsHow many of The Ten Commandments can you name?in 2007 a survey was commissioned by the Ten Commandments Commission in the lead up to the October 19 release of animated movie “The Ten Commandments”Put to the test, Americans recalled the seven ingredients of a McDonald’s Big Mac hamburgerand members of TV’s “The Brady Bunch”more easily than the Bible’s Ten Commandments.The survey found 80 percent of 1,000 respondentscould name the burger’s primary ingredient -- two all-beef patties --but less than six in 10 knew the commandment “thou shalt not kill.”Less than half of respondents -- 45 percent -- could recall the commandment “honor thy father and mother”but 62 percent knew the Big Mac has pickle.Bobby and Peter, the least recalled-names from the fictional Brady Bunch family, were remembered by 43 percent of respondents --topping the 34 percent who knew “remember the Sabbath”and 29 percent recalling “do not make false idols.”Though most people know about the Ten Commandments, few can actually enumerate them.https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bible-commandments/americans-know-big-macs-better-than-ten-commandments-idUSN1223894020071012Turn to Exodus 19 it is found on Page 72 in the black Pew Bible.So what are the Ten wordsWhat are the Ten Words?Let’s remember where the Ten Commandments fall in the Bible story.In Genesis 1-2, God created everything.He created the universe, the earth, animals, plants and human beings.Only humans beings were created in the image of God.In Genesis 3, our forefathers, Adam and Eve, sinned against God by violating the one thing they were not to do.They ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.Their sin brought judgment and death to the human race and to the entire universe.Adam and Eve began to die.For the first time, creation began the cycle of life followed by death.All death and suffering in this world, not just for us but for the entire universe, came about from Adam and Eve’s sin.Their son Cain murdered his own brother.He began a downward spiral into sin that was so bad God decided to wiped out the entire planet by a flood.God only saved Noah and his family.Noah and the ark are a picture of God’s heart to show undeserved grace in the midst of fully deserved judgment.After the flood, in Genesis 12, Noah’s family began populating the earth.Eventually, God spoke to a man named Abraham and called him to go to the Promised Land.God also promised that his descendants would be as many as the stars in the heavens and that through them all the nations of the earth would be blessed.Abraham had a son named Isaac who had a son named Jacob.Jacob had 12 sons.Ten of those sons hated Jacob’s favorite son — a young man named Joseph.They sold him into slavery in Egypt.Through an incredible story of God’s providence, God raised Joseph to second in command of Egypt.God then used Joseph to save his parents and his wicked brothers from a worldwide famine.This family went to Egypt as 70 in number but after 400 years, they grew to be a nation of several million.A pharaoh came to power that didn’t remember Joseph’s greatness and all he had done for Egypt.He despised the Jews.He enslaved and oppressed them in horrific ways.While their lives were falling apart, God’s plan was in perfection position. All of this was part of God’s plan to save them.In that time, Moses was born.He was born as a Jew but raised as an adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter.One day, in anger, he murdered an Egyptian slave master who was beating a Hebrew.He was forced to run for his life.He spent the next 40 years in the wilderness tending sheep until God spoke to him from a burning bush telling him to go back to Egypt and lead his people to freedom.Moses obeyed and God sent 10 plagues on Egypt, which finally convinced the pharaoh to let God’s people go.After miraculously watching the Red Sea part so God’s people could cross on dry ground,the Israelites watched the armies of Pharaoh drown when they tried to take the same path.The Red Sea flooded over them.God led his people back to the mountain where he first spoke to Moses from a burning bush, Mt. Sinai.There, God entered into a covenant with his people.He would be their God, and they would be his people.This covenant had certain stipulations; we call them laws.While there are a total of 613 of them; the most famous ones are the Ten Commandments.Let’s read how things unfolded as God prepared to give these laws to his people.Exodus 19:16–25 (ESV)16 On the morning of the third day there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud trumpet blast, so that all the people in the camp trembled. 17 Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they took their stand at the foot of the mountain. 18 Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke because the Lord had descended on it in fire. The smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled greatly. 19 And as the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him in thunder. 20 The Lord came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain. And the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. 21 And the Lord said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to the Lord to look and many of them perish. 22 Also let the priests who come near to the Lord consecrate themselves, lest the Lord break out against them.” 23 And Moses said to the Lord, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai, for you yourself warned us, saying, ‘Set limits around the mountain and consecrate it.’ ” 24 And the Lord said to him, “Go down, and come up bringing Aaron with you. But do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the Lord, lest he break out against them.” 25 So Moses went down to the people and told them.This wasn’t the burning bush Moses first experienced.This was a burning mountain.This was a terrifying scene.The people were shaking with fear.The entire mountain was shaking and burning with God’s presence.When Moses spoke, God answered him in thunder.Multiple times God warned Moses not to let the people come to the mountain and not to let the priests approach without being properly consecrated.If the people approached the mountain they would die. This was serious business.The whole purpose of this scene was to strike awe and fear into God’s people.They needed to understand the God that loved them and saved them.They needed to understand how serious it was to be God’s people.They needed to understand how seriously they had to take God’s laws for their lives.The Ten Commandments would not be suggestions.The awesomeness of this scene was a reminder for God’s people to not take God and hHis laws casually.Then, God gave the Ten Commandments. Let us recite them together.1. You shall have no other gods before me2. You shall not make for yourself an idol...3. You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God ...4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy...5. Honor your father and mother...6. You shall not murder7. You shall not commit adultery8. You shall not steal9. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor10. You shall not covet... anything that is your neighbor’s.In Hebrew, the commands are called the “Ten Words.”Exodus 34:28“28 So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights. He neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.”Words and Commandments are the same word...In the Greek translation of Exodus 34:28 they are called the Decalogue,deca means ten and logue refers to words.The Mosaic Law, which had 613 commands, can be summarized by these Ten Words, which can be further summarized in the following way:Love God - Love OthersThe 10 Commandments can be reduced to two commandments.Jesus summarized all the statutes this way inMatthew 22:37-40 “37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.””The Ten Commandments can be reduced to two commandments. Love God and love your neighbor.They are about loving God and people.The first four commandments are about loving God.The next six commandments are about loving our neighbors.We love Godby worshipping him alone,by using his name properly, andtaking time to worship and enjoy him.The last six commandments are about loving people.We love our parents by honoring them.We love our spouses by being faithful to them.We love our neighbors by protecting their lives and respecting their property.Our God is a God who wants us to love him and to love other people. The Ten Commandments are all about love.We love others by respecting the image of God that is present in all of us.We love God by worshiping Him the way that He wants us to.The Law was never given as a way of salvation, but as a way to reveal their sin.From the beginning the law or 10 Words was never a ladder where unsaved people could work themself up to redemption or salvation.It was not a covenant where they could keep it and be saved.It was a pattern of life not a plan of salvation.The Ten words were a summary of God’s expectations for His people to follow.Exodus 20:2 “2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.”God had already chosen them to be his people.He had already redeemed them from slavery.He rescued them and had already made them His own.God is not saying: “ I am giving these commands to you to become My people”I am the Lord YOUR GodI am giving you these commandments BECAUSE you are MY People?It was way that you my have fellowship with me.These laws are a way that i may dwell in your presence, something that has not happened since the Garden.Turn to Galatians 3 page 1156 in Pew BibleHow should we understand the Ten Words?Ladies, how many of you are wearing pants this Morning?Deut 22:5 “5 “A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God.”Ladies, how many of you are wearing clothes that have more than one fabric?Lev 19:19 “19 “You shall keep my statutes. You shall not let your cattle breed with a different kind. You shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor shall you wear a garment of cloth made of two kinds of material.”How many of you like meat that is red or pink in it?Lev 19:26 “26 “You shall not eat any flesh with the blood in it. You shall not interpret omens or tell fortunes.”How many of you men shaved today? or have shaved the sides of your hair?Lev 19:27 “27 You shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the edges of your beard.”So are we required to keep these laws, if so I think every one in this place is in big trouble.Galatians 3:23-26 “23 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.”On the one hand, Jesus has fulfilled the Law: therefore, we are no longer bound by the Law.On the one hand, the New Testament seems to set aside the Old Testament law. Here’s just one example fromRomans 6:14: “14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.”Jesus himself said thisMatthew 5:17-20 “17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.The law and everything in it was accomplished by Christ through His death and Resurrection.Gal 3:24-25 “24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian,”Hebrews 10:8-10 “8 When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), 9 then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. 10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”The one sacrifice of Jesus Christ dying on the cross culminates what the Old Testament animal sacrifices only shadowed (Hebrews 10:1–4, 11–14).•The Old Testament priesthood has been replaced by the Great High Priest, Jesus Christ (Hebrews 7:11–12; 4:14–16).The old covenant was temporary, with a built-in expiration date; but a new covenant, with better promises, was provided by God through Jesus Christ (Hebrews 7:17–22; 8:6–13; 2 Corinthians 3:7–11).On the other hand, the Ten Words contain God’s eternal and unchanging law that is applies to all people of all times.Some of the principles that the law was based on are still active today.The apostle Paul taught us how to use the expired Old Testament civil and ceremonial laws to our benefit.1 Corinthians 9:9–11 “9 For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned? 10 Does he not certainly speak for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of sharing in the crop. 11 If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?”The civil law was that you shouldn’t muzzle an ox when it is walking over the grain.When oxen worked hard to produce grain they would enjoy some of the benefit of their work.Paul said rather than discarding this law, look at what God was teaching us about his character and how we should live through this law.The principle was those who are working on something should be able to enjoy some of the fruit of their labor.For Paul this meant those who work in the service of the church should not be expected to work for free. As they help people spiritually, the people should help them physically.We can apply this to our everyday lives. If you run a restaurant, your employees should be able to enjoy some of the food they make in the restaurant. That is the way God desires us to live.Paul said we should look at the principle behind the old civil or ceremonial law and look at what the old law teaches about the character of God then apply it to our modern lives.Eye for an eye - Jesus - justiceMatthew 5:38 “38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’”Exodus 21:23-25 “23 But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.”“An eye for an eye” was thus intended to be a guiding ethic for legislators and judges; it was not meant to advocate personal vengeance. It is the idea of proper justice that the punish must fit the crime and not be too overbearing or too light.So what does this really mean for me....How do the Ten Words apply to my life today?Mirror - that reflects the character of God.When God gave his laws, the reason he gave the particular laws he gave is because God’s laws reflect God’s character.In other words, the reason God didn’t give us a different set of laws is because different laws would not reflect God’s character.Just as God’s laws reflect God’s character,the laws of our society are intended to reflect our society’s character.For example, in our society, we have numerous laws ensuring that buildings are handicapped accessible.The reason we have those laws is because we value the handicapped among us in society and want them fully involved.Just as our handicapped laws reflect the values of our culture,God’s laws reflect the good character and value of our God.If we want to know what God is like, we simply need to look at his laws to learn more about his character and what is important to him.Why should you not commit adultery?’ Because God is faithful.Why should you not steal? Because God can be trusted.Why should you not lie? Because God is always true to His Word.Why should you not covet? God is at peace and content in Himself.When God said, “You shall have no other gods before me,” it was because He is the only true and living God.When God commanded that we rest on one day of the week, it is because He rested from His work on the seventh day.God speaks to His own people in the commandments, telling us “You are My people. You are called to a life that reflects who I am. And this is what a life modeled on who I am looks like.”That is why it is good for us to study them. If we want to know God better, we have to study the laws of God so we can see the character of God.Mentor- that reveals the sinfulness of our heart.Galatians 3:24 “24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith.”Our tutor - teacher - mentorA good mentor is someone who will show you where to go walks you with you until you you get there.That is what a good mentor is.The Commandments walk you to Jesus Christ.Try to live the Ten Commandments out in your live and you will soon see how difficult it is to live them out with out Christ I need some help.In the light of these commandments you will come to the conclusion that you are a long way from the life that God has Called you to live.If yo look at your life honestly:You are a sinner who needs forgivenBecause yo will become very aware of your own weakness and your dependance upon Christ.20minute markA proper understanding of Gods eternal law will always lead us to see the sinfulness of our heart.What I mean about being interpreted properly, they are comprehensive.They deal with areas of sin that are discussed all through the Scriptures.They command both the body and the soul.They not only forbid disobedience, but they also require obedience. Not just negative but always requires the opposite/positive reactionMark 10:17-20 “17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’ ” 20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.””That man was probably right,he lived a very moral lifeHe was faithful to his wife.he most likely never murdered anyone,he most likely paid all of His taxes.He most likely respected his parents.But he misunderstood what Jesus was talking about.In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus teaches that the commandments of God go much deeper then touching on one particular sin or action.Each commandment go beyond and cover a hole category of sinsand go beyond actions to the thoughts, motivations, words of our heart.Take the 6th commandment - do not murder.Think about a train on a track for a minute.The train ins moving on a track called CONFLICT with many stations and the very last station is the station called murder. This track has many stops but iot ends in murder.A train heading to the station called murder, on a track called conflictMost of us will never go near the last station called murder, but all of us have visited many of those staions on the way to murder.Matthew 5:21-22 “21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.According to Jesus that the use abusive speech is an offense that a person is accountable to God.it is a violation of the 6th commandment.That should get our attention.If the sixth commandment relates only to murder, most of us don’t need to worry.But if angry words that diminish another person constitute a breaking of the sixth commandment, we are dealing with something much closer to home.The teaching of Jesus gives us a proper understanding of the law.It moves us from the arrogance of the lawyer who said “all these I have kept from my youth”to the humility that says “I am a sinner in need of a Savior!”The Ten Commandments search out the thoughts and intentions of the heart.Each commandment speaks to a whole category of sins, and a proper understanding of the law will lead you to say,‘I am a sinner who needs a Savior.’Let the law show you your need and lead you to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.Map- for living a Spirit-Filled LifeGod’s laws are not just a true representation of God’s character but they are a true representation of the way God created us to live. The best life we can live is a life lived by God’s laws because God’s laws reflect the way God fashioned this world and our lives to operate.The better we learn God’s laws, the more joy we will derive from life because they reflect the way God designed life to be lived.Living outside of the boundaries of God’s law means life will not go well for us because we are not living life the way it was intended to workLibing outside the eternal commands of God will only bring misery and struggle.Jesus fulfilled the law for us. But here the Scripture tells us that God’s purpose is that the law might be fulfilled in us.How does that make you feel?If you’re like me, you will feel that you have a long way to go.the Heidelberg Catechism (1563) a document from the sixteenth century that lays out the Christians faith in a question-and-answer format.The Heidelberg Catechism is arranged under three headings: misery, deliverance, and gratitude.Misery deals with our state of fallenness in sin.Deliverance deals with what Jesus has done for us.Gratitude is a description of the entire Christian life.Significantly, this is where the Heidelberg Catechism deals with the 10 Commandments. The commandments describe the life for which we have been redeemed. So, for the Christian, they don’t belong under misery, but under gratitude.Question 114 of the catechism asks, Can those converted to God obey these commands perfectly?Answer: No.You may say, ‘I thought this was supposed to be encouraging!’ But that’s not the end of the answer:In this life, even the holiest have only a small beginning of this obedience. Nevertheless… they do begin to live according to all, not only some, of God’s commandments.CONCLUSION:Begin to live according to all, not only some, of God’s commandments.No Christian is everything that God calls him or her to be.The holiest person you know has only a small beginning of obedience.But there is a beginning of true holiness in every believer. Every Christian has this beginning:A beginning of loving God,a beginning of loving our neighbor.A beginning of integrity,a beginning of truth,a beginning of worship,a beginning of rest.No Christian is completely pure,but there is the beginning of purity in every believer.No Christian is completely content,but there is the beginning of contentment in every believer.What we have now is a beginning of truth, of peace, of integrity, of rest, and of worship.This beginning is real.Every day brings fresh opportunities for this small beginning to grow.And when our Lord appears,what He has begun in us will be complete.
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