Summary: There’s only one way to get to heaven... but people always seem to be trying to force God to do things their way. What types of things do people do to force their will on God’s Word?
OPEN: A school teacher injured his back and had to wear a plaster cast around the upper part of his body. It fit under his shirt and was not noticeable at all. On the first day of the term, still with the cast under his shirt, he found himself assigned to the toughest students in school.
Walking confidently into the rowdy classroom, he opened the window as wide as possible and then busied himself with desk work. When a strong breeze made his tie flap, he took the desk stapler and stapled the tie to his chest.
He had no trouble with discipline that term.
APPLY: There’s something about a teacher that’s able and willing to staple his tie to his chest that can get the attention of a class. And this teacher got that attention because… in that simple act… he proved that no matter how tough they thought they were - he was tougher!
Now, at the foot of Mount Sinai, God has essentially stapled His tie to His chest. He’s come down on the mountain with fire and He has made it to smoke like a furnace. His presence has caused the earth to tremble so violently that it shakes the ground where the Israelites stand. And then there’s the sound of the trumpet grew louder and Louder and LOUDER in their ears.
Hebrews 12:21 tells us that
“The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, "I am trembling with fear."
No matter how tough these Israelites may have thought they were up to this point God just proved He was tougher.
Now why would God do that? Why go thru this big “light and sound display” at this point in His relationship with Israel?
Well, God is about to give them His rule book. His Law.
And people are funny about rules.
There’s just something about rules and regulations that makes people itchy.
Many people don’t like rules. They prefer “guidelines”.
They prefer items that are “flexible” and malleable.
ILLUS: Several years ago, the State of Kentucky had a law that every classroom in its in public schools had to post the 10 Commandments. But the US Supreme Court ruled against the state of Kentucky ordering it to take down all copies of the Ten Commandments from the walls of its schools saying: "Having the commandments on the wall may induce a student to read, meditate upon, and actually obey what is therein written."
There has been a continuous low grade effort to remove the 10 Commandments from the national consciousness. Again and again, the ACLU has pushed to have them removed from every public venue in an effort that can only be described as a vendetta.
Why all this opposition?
Why? Because the 10 commandments are so absolute.
As one person noted:
The Ten Commandments were written on stone, not in metal, clay, or mud which can be melted, shaped or molded. None of the commandments, like the tablets on which they were originally carved is malleable. Each can be broken, but not altered.
ILLUS: Now, according to the book "The Day America Told the Truth" that doesn’t make much difference to many people:
In America, only 13 percent of adults believe in ALL 10 commandments.
While 40 % believe in 5 out of the 10.