Summary: THIS IS THE SECOND SERMON IN A TWO PART SERIES DEALING WITH THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.
SEPT 16, 2012
DEUT. 5; 16-21
16“Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
17“You shall not murder.
18“You shall not commit adultery.
19“You shall not steal.
20“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
21“You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
AGAIN TODAY, WE WANT TO GO BACK TO THE TEN
COMMANDMENTS. IT HAS BEEN SAID; ALL OF OUR LAWS FIND THEIR ORIGIN IN THESE LAWS. IT WAS THESE LAWS THAT SEPARATED THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL FROM ALL OTHER PEOPLE. THE PURPOSE OF THESE LAWS WAS TO ACCOMPLISH JUST THAT. GOD WANTED HIS PEOPLE TO BE DIFFERENT. AND, GOD STILL WANTS HIS PEOPLE TO BE DIFFERENT. WE ARE IN THE WORLD, BUT NOT OF THE WORLD. I PETER 2 SAYS, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God,” “Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world,”. WE ARE THE CHOSEN PEOPLE, CHOSEN OF GOD. B/C THAT IS TRUE, WE MUST BECOME ALIENS AND STRANGERS IN THIS WORLD. THIS HAPPENS FOR US, NOT AS A RESULT OF THE LAWS, BUT AS A RESULT OF THE GRACE OF GOD. BUT FOR THEM, THEY NEEDED THESE LAWS TO HELP THEM IN THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
AS WE DISCUSSED LAST WEEK, THE DECALOGUE CAN BE DIVIDED INTO TWO SECTIONS. THE FIRST DEALS WITH OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. THE SECOND DEALS WITH OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUR FELLOW MAN. BEFORE WE JUMP INTO THE SECOND PART, LETS GET ONE THING CLEAR IN OUR UNDERSTANDING. THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL THESE LAWS IS THE FIRST, LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD, WITH ALL YOUR HEART, SOUL, MIND, AND STRENGTH. WE LOVE GOD, NOT B/C HE FORCES US TO AGAINST OUR WILL, WE LOVE GOD B/C HE FIRST LOVED US. HE IS WORTHY OF OUR LOVE. NOW THEN, IF WE CAN GET THAT FIRST COMMANDMENT DOWN, THEN ALL THE REST MAKES SENSE TO US. WE WILL HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THE OTHERS IF WE CAN FIRST GET THAT ONE.
THE FIRST OF THE SECOND SET OF COMMANDS, THOSE DEALING WITH RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS IS THIS. THE SAME GOD THAT CREATED YOU, CREATED THE HOME. BTW, BEFORE GOD CREATED THE CHURCH, HE CREATED THE HOME.
AS A CHURCH, ONE OF OUR PRIMARY PURPOSES IS TO PROMOTE STRONG FAMILIES. B/C GOD CREATED THE FAMILY; WE SHOULD UNDERSTAND THE GOD GIVEN DYNAMICS OF IT. GOD FIRST CREATED MAN, MAN WAS ALONE AND GOD CREATED WOMAN TO BE A HELP MEET FOR HIM. CATCH THAT, SHE IS NOT A HELP MATE, SHE IS A HELP MEET. HER RIGHTFUL PLACE IS BESIDE HIM, NOT ABOVE, NOR BELOW. CHILDREN SHOULD HONOR BOTH MOM AND DAD. THAT WORD HONOR MEANS TO GIVE VALUE TO, OR RECOGNIZE THE VALUE OF. INTERESTING SIDE NOTE, THE GREEK WORD TRANSLATED, HONOR IS THE WORD TIME. CHILDREN, RECOGNIZE YOUR PARENTS FOR WHO GOD CREATED THEM TO BE IN YOUR LIFE. IF YOU DO THIS, YOUR LIFE WILL BE LONG.
SECOND COMMAND; B/C THE GOD WHO LOVES US, CREATED US IN HIS OWN IMAGE, DO NOT TAKE THE LIFE OF ONE OF HIS CREATION. THIS IS WHAT KEIL & DELITZSCH HAVE TO SAY; Thou shalt not kill,” not only is the accomplished fact of murder condemned, whether it proceed from open violence or stratagem (Ex 21:12, 14, 18), but every act that endangers human life, whether it arise from carelessness (Deut 22:8) or wantonness (Lev 19:14), or from hatred, anger, and revenge (Lev 19:17-18). Life is placed at the head of these commandments, not as being the highest earthly possession, but because it is the basis of human existence, and in the life the personality is attacked, and in that the image of God.