Summary: Touching on Gods Commandments, Statutes and Judgments.
WESTSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH
PASTOR: TERRY VAUGHAN
SERMON TITLE: The Covenant of the Lord/Carelessness of People
“For God so Loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth in Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18
TEXT VERSE: DEUTERONOMY 7:11-14 “THOU SHALT THEREFORE KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS, AND THE STATUTES, AND THE JUDGMENTS, WHICH I COMMAND THEE THIS DAY, TO DO THEM. WHEREFORE IT SHALL COME TO PASS, IF YE HEARKEN TO THESE JUDGMENTS, AND KEEP, AND DO THEM, THAT THE LORD THY GOD SHALL KEEP UNTO THEE THE COVENANT AND THE MERCY WHICH BE SWARE UNTO THY FATHERS. AND HE WILL LOVE THEE, AND BLESS THEE, AND MULTIPLY THEE: HE WILL ALSO BLESS THE FRUIT OF THY WOMB, AND THE FRUIT OF THY LAND, THY CORN, AND THY WINE, AND THINE OIL, THE INCENSE OF THY KINE, AND THE FLOCKS OF THY SHEEP, IN THE LAND WHICH HE SWARE UNTO THY FATHERS TO GIVE THEE. THOU SHALT BE BLESSED ABOVE ALL PEOPLE: THERE SHALL NOT BE MALE OR FEMALE BARREN AMONG YOU, OR AMONG YOUR CATTLE.”
I want to carry you back to verse number 11 where He said thou shalt therefore keep...and he mentions three things here. The commandments, statutues and judgments. If you’ll look down in verse twelve He tells us that if we keep these commandments he will keep unto us the covenant and mercy. I want to talk to you a little bit on the covenant of the Lord and the carelessness of people. I’m a firm believer that the Lord will never break His covenant with us. I’ve studied enough to know that what God says. He means and what He says is everlasting and He keeps His promises. I know that He has a covenant with us today that he’ll never break. That covenant is He wants to love you. bless you and multiply you. Remember what Paul said in Romans 8 in the latter part that nothing shall separate us from the Love of God.
Just because God loves you it does not mean that He loves what you do or what you do or how you think. He loved us even before we were Christians. While we were yet sinners the Bible says that Christ died for us . He loves us beyond measure. As a matter of fact the Bible says that greater love hath no man than this that a man would lay down his life for his friends. Jesus loves you today. But does He really love what kind of a life you’re living as a Christian. I wonder, does He love the kind of standards you put in place for yourself and for your family. Does He love how you grow in the church and in the word of God. God loves us but that does not mean that He loves what we do. He said when he was referring to the commandments of God and I feel like the commandments of God goes right along with the word of God. A lot of people when they hear the word commandments, they think only of the ten commandments. A lot of people hear about the ten commandments and they say, “That don’t apply to us because it’s in the old testament.” Listen, if it was good enough for those people back then, it’s good enough for us now. If you’ll study the ten commandments out, you’ll find there is a lot of them in the new testament. One of them is honour thy father and thy mother. That’s in the old and the new testament. We need to honor and reference our parents today. You may not always like the decisions they make for you but if you’re their child, the Lord God says you better honor them. Another one you’ll find in there is Keep the Sabbath Day Holy. There’s not a lot of people keeping the Sabbath Day Holy. Their using it for every thing but serving and worshipping God. The Sabbath Day is a day of rest. A day of Holiness. A day of Comfort and a day of worshipping God and you can’t get people to come to God’s house on Sunday to save your life. Another one that is in the old and new testament is Thou shalt have no other Gods before you. The new testaments says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and I’ll add all these other things unto you.” Everybody is putting everything between them and God and they’ll never get anywhere. Don’t you sit there and tell me that the ten commandments don’t apply to me and you. I’m telling you they do and if I had the time I believe I could find all ten commandments in the new testament. Don’t you read your Bible, you study your Bible and you’ll get a whole lot more out of it studying it than you will reading it.