We are starting a new series on the 10 Commandments called, “The Law of Love.” After God rescues his people, he brings them to the mountain to give them "the Rules" - but to what purpose? There's a lot of debate in our society to that end, including whether or not they are relevant at all. And yet this week, throughout America and even the world, people have taken to the streets yearning for more laws that would ensure justice. How might God's Law be more relevant now than ever?
Today we see people yearn for more laws? In a society that normally stresses personal freedoms, is that a contradiction? Talk about a rule or law that was good for you.
Can we be rational and honest about our need for the Ten Commandments, or do we explain it all away, leaving us effectively lawless? Why?
What comes to mind when you hear "The Ten Commandments"? What sort of images does that invoke for you? Is there another LIST that's become more important to you than this one? (select amendments, greatest of all time…, bucket…, shopping, your achievements, etc.)
God told Pharaoh (through Moses) to "let my people go, so that they may worship." Is that what happens at this mountain? (v.17-20)? What are they hoping for that keeps them there, through all of the fire, smoke, and noise? Do you tend to keep God at a distance, or can you get closer, even though it can be overwhelming?
What do the people want Moses to do and what role does he play (v.19-20)? How might all of this be a foreshadowing of Christ?
In the preamble to the 10 Commandments, God says who he is and what he has done (v.2). Why would he do that? How does he frame the laws before giving the laws? The rescue came before the rules. Why give them these laws if they’ve already been delivered and redeemed?
Jesus famously summarized the Law with the two greatest commandments as "love God - love others… On these two commandments all the Law depends." (Matthew 22:34-40) Briefly read through the 10 commandments. How could these be "laws of love"? Pick one of the 10, where this “law of love” affects your life the most these days. In other words, which of the 10 is like a gift to you right now, and how?
If "God is Love" (1 John 4:8,16), how might these laws be revealing who God is to his people? If law alone does not change someone's heart, what is God's greater agenda here?
What did you need to hear in the sermon?