Summary: I have discovered something: whenever God is stating or restating His LAW, it is never by itself. There’s always A STORY surrounds it And the story is a sotory of GRACE and Salvation.
Sermons on the Law of God? Are you jumping up and down and excited to hear about the 10 C? Or maybe your response is this: Oh no! I’ll hear again about how bad I am, how I’ll never measure up to God’s rules and regulations…
Or the other side, a response like this, "Great! Finally, we are getting to the good stuff. All we ever hear about is forgiveness and love, a sugary Gospel. Some of church people need to hear more about the law!
ILL. I preached somewhere of how to keep the Sabbath, using Jesus as an example of how He did it. The Sabbath following this, one person came up to me saying: "Pastor, we need a good sermon on how to keep the Sabbath.
I didn’t know what to say. I just had preached that. But I knew his mindset. He wanted a list of do’s and don’ts (especially don’ts) given to the congregation. He was a lover of rules and regulations. Is that how you feel about God’s law?
ILL God’s Law… How many? 10. Do you know how many laws there are in the US? Over two million. If you want to be a law abiding citizen, and you want to learn two laws a day, it would take you 6,000 years to know them all and be a law-abiding citizen!
Civil laws, criminal laws, federal laws, state laws, city laws and regulations, county laws… all of them - around 2 millions. Some of them are not even take in consideration anymore but still active. For example: LAWS (Sermoncentral/illustrations/law):
(In AR) A man can legally beat his wife, but not more than once a month.
In Arizona, hunting camels is prohibited (10 years in prison).
(In CA) Nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.
(In NM) On Mondays, it is illegal for one to whistle very loud after 11:00 PM.
(In SC) Every adult male must bring a rifle to church on Sunday in order to ward off
(In AL) It is illegal to wear a fake moustache that causes laughter in church.
In Claredon TX it is illegal on Sunday morning to stay home if you are not sick: you need to go to the church. Well?
See what I am talking about? God’s Law – how many? Ten. However, those ten are so universal and yet specific, so broad yet personal, so sufficient and yet ideal, than takes a whole life to really understand and appreciate and be part of our heart.
David says something in the Psalm 119:97 that, for many, sounds ridiculous: Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. What? I’ve looked at that text before and said, "The law - I love it, but I might give it 20 minutes. I’m not meditating on that thing all day long! Once you’ve read it, you’ve read it. How many of you have meditated on God’s law all day long?
The word David uses for law is Torah. The Torah consists mainly of the first five books of the OT which the Jews call, "The Books of Instruction." But even so, how long have you spent on that at any given time? This sounds so legalistic. Not if God’s Law is placed in its proper CONTEXT.
I have discovered something: whenever God is stating or restating His law, it is never by itself. There’s always A STORY surrounds it somehow.