Summary: Love the Lord... 1. With the throne of your heart (vs. 1-3). 2. With your talents (vs. 4-6). 3. With your tongue (vs. 7). 4. With your time (vs. 8-11).
Moses on the Mountain with the Lord - Part 12
(The Ten Commandments - Part 2)
Sermon by Rick Crandall
McClendon Baptist Church - September 8, 2010
BACKGROUND & INTRODUCTION:
*When Moses came down the mountain from his 40-day meeting with the Lord, he carried something back with him: the Ten Commandments.
*But who needs the Ten Commandments? -- John Hamby points out that the Ten Commandments keep us from fuzzy thinking about sin. When we determine our sinfulness based on comparing ourselves with the behavior of others we do not look so bad. We rationalize, “Everyone else is doing it. It must be ok!”
*The Ten Commandments clear the fog. They remind us that regardless of what every one else is doing, no matter where our society draws the lines, some things are wrong. The standard of behavior is not determined by what our friends think, but by what God thinks.
-So who needs the Ten Commandments? -- The answer is: we do! (1)
*But please remember that these Ten Commandments and all God’s commandments hang on the Lord’s two great laws of love.
-Jesus taught us this truth when someone asked the Lord, “Which is the greatest commandment in the law?” -- And in Matthew 22:37-40:
37. Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'
38. This is the first and great commandment.
39. And the second is like it: `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
40. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
*Every commandment of God hangs on God’s kind of love. It is the same kind of gracious, merciful love that moved Christ to die on the cross for our sins.
-Anything that God ever asks us to do or not to do can all be traced back to love.
1. So last week we saw that the First Commandment teaches us to love the Lord with the throne of your heart.
*Listen to the First Commandment again in Exodus 20:1-3:
1. And God spoke all these words, saying:
2. “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3. You shall have no other gods before Me.”
*God says, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” God wants to have first place in our hearts tonight. He greatly desires and deserves to be on the throne of our hearts. So love the Lord with the throne of your heart.
2. But also love the Lord with your talents.
*Last week we saw that this is the principle implied for us in the Second Commandment. We see this Commandment in vs. 4-6, where the Lord said:
4. "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;
5. you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,