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3. The Making of the 10 Commandments – Part 3

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Exodus 19:5-8

Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me. And you will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation.’ This is the message you must give to the people of Israel.” So Moses returned from the mountain and called together the elders of the people and told them everything the Lord had commanded him. And all the people responded together, “We will do everything the Lord has commanded.” So Moses brought the people’s answer back to the Lord.

It’s here that we see third the peoples:

  1. Response

Verses 7-8 reveal the people’s response: “So Moses returned from the mountain and called together the elders of the people and told them everything the Lord had commanded him. And all the people responded together, “We will do everything the Lord has commanded.” So Moses brought the people’s answer back to the Lord.” Together with one voice they vocalized their desire to obey God, but desire alone is not enough. In order to keep the Law, they had to be perfect and the only one who is perfect is God’s Son, Jesus Christ. What theTen Commandments reveal is our desperate need for a Redeemer. We need to understand that the Ten Commandments are not the road to redemption they are the roadmap that points to the Redeemer. God’s Law reveals not just our sin but our need for a Savior. It doesn’t just build a frame work for living it reveals our need for the Lord. You can’t obey and serve Christ until you have been saved by Christ. You can’t talk about the commandments without talking about the cross and Christ’s saving work. Because when we point people to the commandments and not to Christ it becomes about their behavior and conforming to a list of rules, instead of belief and coming to Christ. It’s time for the church to stop focusing on behavior and start focusing on the blood. Because without the Blood no one can be born again, and without a new birth there will be no change in our behavior. The Ten Commandments were not given to get people to behave but to reveal our need for the blood. The Ten Commandments were not given solely as a sin identifier but as a sign that pointed to the Savior. Because what good is identifying the sin if there is no solution? Today many are caught up trying to follow the Commands instead of following Christ. But when we make it about a relationship with Jesus, we will live a life of obedience instead of obligation. Obligation looks to a list, obedience looks to the Lord based on love. Either you are a follower who has been forgiven by the Father or a faker. But you can’t fake it till you make it, you need forgiven. Have you made a choice for Christ? Have you admitted your sin and asked Him to Save you? Lastly we see the:

  1. Reward

It’s here in verses 5-6 that God reveals the reward for those who are redeemed. “Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me. And you will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation.’ This is the message you must give to the people of Israel.” The world many call you trash but God’s in His Word tells us that we are His treasure. So, live as His treasure and stop rummaging around in trash. If we are His royal priesthood than why would we chose to live in the pig pen instead of the palace? When we forget whose we are its not long before we forget who we are. Obedience opens the door to blessing, but somehow, we chose to see it as a burden rather than a blessing. So, we complain about living for the Lord instead of celebrating our life in the Lord. Just as God invited Moses to rest in a relationship with Him so Christ calls us to come and rest in His redemption. In Matthew 11:28-30Jesus invites us to come under His care and trade our burdens for blessing, Then Jesus said, Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”This is an invitation to rest in a relationship instead of trying to rely on rules.  So, are you leaning on a list or the Lord, are you relying on self or resting in the Savior?

 

 

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