Tim McGehee, Senior Pastor
Jacob Haywood, Student Pastor
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS: LIVING OUT THE PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY
The Ten Commandments – Part 1 – Introduction
The Perfect Law of Liberty | November 4, 2020
Exodus 19:1-9; 16-20; 20:1-21; James 1:25; 2:12
Who thinks rules are dumb? Well, check out some of these laws.
In Juneau, Alasksa, flamingo owners are prohibited from bringing their pet into a barber shop.In Arkansas, it is illegal to honk a car horn at a sandwich shop after 9pm.In Tennessee, it is illegal to share your Netflix password with others.In Indiana, it is illegal to catch a fish with your bare hands.In South Dakota, it is illegal to fall asleep in a cheese factory.In Alabama, bear wrestling matches are prohibited.In Rhode Island, it is illegal to race horses on the highway.In Skamania County, Washington, the slaying of bigfoot is to be a felony punishable by 5 years in prison.
We’re starting a new series today that we will be in for ten more weeks, titled “The Ten Commandments: The Perfect Law of Liberty.”
Who in here knows the Ten Commandments? Like, you could say them on the spot? (give a prize to someone who does it.) I learned them in this building and still remember them the same way, from a kids song.
The Ten Commandments have been the primary moral guiding force on how someone should live for thousands of years. You see them in courthouses to this very day, though many people try to have them removed.
Read Exodus 19:1-9; 20:1-21
Scripture doesn’t use the phrase “Ten Commandments.” Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5 record God’s “Ten Words.” These aren’t just commandments, but they are declarations, warnings, and promises.
God had spoken “ten words” before, in creation. Ten times it says, “and God said.” Now, He is creating a certain people into a new creation by speaking “ten words.”
Many complain about the negativity of the Ten Words. There are two positive commandments—remember the Sabbath day, and honor your father and mother. Mostly, it’s on “don’t” after another. God brought Israel from slavery, but many see God’s laws as just imposing a different slavery.
* expand on the context these were given, the Israelites coming out of Egypt *
A few years ago, there was an article on the CNN website titled, “Behold, Atheists’ New Ten Commandments.” Two atheists sought input from around the world and offered ten thousand dollars to the winning would-be Moses. After receiving more than 2,800 submissions, they appointed a panel of thirteen judges to select ten winners. Here is what they came up with, the ten noncommandments of our age:
1. Be open-minded and be willing to alter your beliefs with new evidence.
2. Strive to understand what is most likely to be true, not to believe what you wish to be true.
3. The scientific method is the most reliable way of understanding the natural world.
4. Every person has the right to control of their body.
5. God is not necessary to be a good person or to live a full and meaningful life.
6. Be mindful of the consequences of all your actions and recognize that you must take responsibility for them.
7. Treat others as you would want them to treat you, and can reasonably expect them to want to be treated. Think about their perspective.
8. We have the responsibility to consider others, including future generations.
9. There is no one right way to live.
10. Leave the world a better place than you found it.
These ten noncommandments perfectly capture the default moral code of the world we live in. One of the things that is crazy about these noncommandments, though, is that they are commands. The whole purpose is to get out from under the weight of commands that hinder our freedom and expression, yet these are all commands! They all carry the force of a moral ought.
I love this analogy offered by Francis Schaeffer, my favorite apologist and theologian.
If every little bab
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT GOD’S WILL IS?
WHAT IS GOD’S WILL?
GOD’S WILL IS…
2 Peter 3:9 – “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”
1 Timothy 1:15 – “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.”
1 Thess. 4:3a – “This is the will of God, your sanctification (holiness).”
God will isn’t necessarily that we are happy – His will is that we are holy.It is the will of God that you live a life pleasing to God100 years from now your earthly pleasures will have zero value, but only the treasures you stored up in heaven as you pursued holiness.I have never seen a hearse with a U-Haul on the back of it.The early church father, Augustine, looking back on his life and childhood was distraught over the things that even consumed his learning.“Far more useful, then, were those studies [of learning to read and write] than others in which I was forced to memorize the wanderings of some fellow called Aeneas, while forgetting my own waywardness, and to weep over Dido, who killed herself for love, when all the while in my intense misery I put up with myself with never a tear, as I died away from you, O God, who are my life.
What indeed is more pitiful than a piteous person who has no pity for himself? I could weep over the death Dido brought upon herself out of love for Aeneas, yet I shed no tears over the death I brought upon myself by not loving you. O God, you are the light of my heart, bread for the inward mouth of my soul, the virtue wedded to my mind and the innermost recesses of my thought; yet I did not love you, and breaking my troth I strayed from you. Even in this troth-breaking the approval of people all around me rang in my ears: “Fine! Well done.” To pander to this world is to fornicate against you, but so loudly do they shout “Well done!” that one feels ashamed to fall short of their expectations. For these things I did not weep, yet I wept for Dido, “slain as she sought her last end by the sword,” while I myself was abandoning you to seek the last dregs of your creation; dust I was, and unto dust returning.”
God’s will is that you are more concerned with Him than the things of this world.
1 Thess. 4:3-8 – “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, 5 not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. 7 For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. 8 Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.”
(VS 3) – Sexual immorality = porneiaGod’s will is that we abstain from ALL sexual immorality(VS 4) – This word literally means, “how to possess his own vessel”Article I read a few years ago about a wreck in Hong Kong38 deaths, 101 hospitalizedWorst maritime accident in over 40 yearsThe city was gearing up for a huge fireworks display to observe China’s National DayThe passengers of the ship were traveling to see the highlight of a four-day holiday – the fireworks displayAs they were traveling to view this beautiful sight, in celebration, they were struckAnother ship had run straight into themOne person said, “I was shocked – this was supposed to be an incredible event” and it was ruined because a captain lost control of his vessel & there were devastating consequencesOne newspaper wrote, “As terrible as this tragedy is, these things happen,
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