Summary: Our Actions Have Consequences – Exodus chapter 22 verses 1-15 – sermon by Gordon Curley PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(1). The Jews: living under the law.
(2). The Christian: living under God’s grace!
(3). The Law: Given to Protect The People.
(4). The Theme: restitution.
(5). The Case Laws: a summary.
(6). The Lord: an exemplar.
• The Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer Robert Louis Stevenson wrote,
• “Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.”
• He was right!”
• But if we are honest with ourselves we tend to disbelieve him.
• Oftentimes a hard lesson to learn but a valuable lesson to learn;
• That each and every choice we make has consequences.
• This last week on the news;
• Two high profile people in the world of football have found that out!
• Everton footballer Wayne Rooney;
• And Northern Ireland football manager Michael O'Neill;
• Have both been caught driving over the limit;
• And will in the next few weeks and months;
• Have to face the consequences for their actions!
• How many other drunk drivers didn’t think one more drink would do much harm;
• Then they climbed behind the wheel and hit another car and kill somebody!
• The man or woman, who commits adultery,
• They think they can get away with it;
• They can enjoy the best of both worlds;
• Only later on in time to find themselves in divorce court;
• Having lost their family;
• And many times things they have worked a lifetime to acquire.
• The title I have been asked to speak on this morning is:
• Our actions have consequences.
• Now don’t get depressed this morning;
• Instead be encouraged because good actions result in good consequences;
• So leave this place and do good!
• But the flip side of that statement is also true;
• Bad actions result in bad consequences.
• So don’t just leave this place better informed this morning;
• But leave this place filled afresh with God’s Spirit;
• With a desire to live for him and to do good to all people!
• So, the title you know is ‘Our actions have consequences.’
• And the passage I have been asked to speak on this morning is Exodus chapter 22.
• Now before we look at it, a bit of background information;
• Because I have a feeling you might not be too familiar with these verses!
(1). The Jews: Living Under The Law.
Question: How many Old Testament commandments are there?
• Most of you are probably thinking ten.
• Because most of us are Gentiles and not Jewish.
• And we have often heard quoted and heard taught those 10 commandments.
• Also most of us are Christians;
• And so we read our Old Testament through Christian spectacles.
• And for us it is nearly always the big ‘ten’ that we focus on.
• Now if you were a practicing Jew this morning;
• I would expect a different answer to that question!
• A Jew would probably not say there are 10 commandments;
• Instead they would say there are 613 commandments or laws of Moses in the ‘Torah’;
• (The first 5 books of the Bible).
• And they of course would be right!
• God gave the Jews a set of rules that they should live by.
• Not just 10 commandments but 613 commandments in total.
• And on behalf of the Hebrew people;
• Moses received those rules contained in the ‘Torah’ (first 5 books of the Bible),
• And he taught these laws to the Hebrew people.
• These 613 commandments;
• Cover every aspect of life including law, family, personal hygiene and diet.
(2). The Christian: Living under God’s Grace!
• The New Testament teaches (i.e. Romans chapter 6 verse 14).
• That you and I are; “not under law, but we are under grace”;
• These Old Testament laws were given to the Hebrew people (Israel);
• It formed what we call ‘The Old Covenant’
• The Hebrew people were required to obey God and keep the Law,
• And in return He protected and blessed them
• (Exodus chapter 19 & Deuteronomy chapter 30 verses 15–18).
• Through his death on the cross;
• Jesus Christ fulfilled the law and introduced a new covenant.
• “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”
• (Luke chapter 22 verse 20).
• That now means that certain laws;
• i.e. Relating to law, family, personal hygiene and diet;
• Are not applicable for Christians today,
• i.e. The proof of that is we worship on a Sunday and not on the Sabbath,
• i.e. Further proof is some of you might go home to roast pork for your Sunday lunch.