Then God spoke all these words, saying,
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of [a]slavery.
You shall have no other gods before Me.
“You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.
“You shall not murder.
“You shall not commit adultery.
“You shall not steal.
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
All the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance. Then they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.” So the people stood at a distance, while Moses approached the thick cloud where God was.
I had several concerns going into this weeks sermon. I had just gone through surgery the Monday before and I was still feeling the pull of stitches and I was wondering if I could project my voice adequately. I also had several things on my mind about our council meeting after church so I was distracted a little. Preaching is like that sometimes but once I got started the Holy Spirit has a way of taking over and making u for my weaknesses.
The next consideration of how God Made a Way Out of This Mess I the even of the Law being given to Moses. It is once have discovered that this is all or nothing and that God has got our backs that we begin to understand that there are going to be rules as we march down the path. The Law becomes these rules but often we consider the law wrongly much like children of Israel do in this story. We fear instead of understanding the purpose and nature of the Law.
It is Christ and Paul in Romans that restate that the Law is actually based on love. Love is the fulfilment of the Law and that is actually stated by the time we get to the generation that is going to take the Promise land in Deuteronomy. Jesus quotes this idea in his teachings and Paul gives it full meaning in Romans 13:8-10. The point is that the law is about establishing a covenant of dedicated and faithful love. This is why the law is not to be feared but understood and should give us great joy like it did for David in Psalm 119.
Once we come to this understanding we can look at the rules of the law not as a killjoy or bondage but as understandings that allow us to conceive of each command of scripture as a way to learn how to truly love God and love our neighbor as our self. The Law is about understanding our covenant with God. As long as we walk the way, we come to understand this and so our walk is bathed in love. To love God requires obedience and obedience is the path to demonstrating our love for God and each other.