Exodus 19:1-20:21: The Law: Its Purpose and Use For Us Today
[Exodus 19:1-25 ESV] 1 On the third new moon after the people of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that day they came into the wilderness of Sinai. 2 They set out from Rephidim and came into the wilderness of Sinai, and they encamped in the wilderness. There Israel encamped before the mountain, 3 while Moses went up to God. The LORD called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel: 4 You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; 6 and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.” 7 So Moses came and called the elders of the people and set before them all these words that the LORD had commanded him. 8 All the people answered together and said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do.” And Moses reported the words of the people to the LORD. 9 And the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I am coming to you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and may also believe you forever.” When Moses told the words of the people to the LORD, 10 the LORD said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments 11 and be ready for the third day. For on the third day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12 And you shall set limits for the people all around, saying, ‘Take care not to go up into the mountain or touch the edge of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall be put to death. 13 No hand shall touch him, but he shall be stoned or shot; whether beast or man, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain.” 14 So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and consecrated the people; and they washed their garments. 15 And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not go near a woman.” 16 On the morning of the third day there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud trumpet blast, so that all the people in the camp trembled. 17 Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they took their stand at the foot of the mountain. 18 Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke because the LORD had descended on it in fire. The smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled greatly. 19 And as the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him in thunder. 20 The LORD came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain. And the LORD called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. 21 And the LORD said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to the LORD to look and many of them perish. 22 Also let the priests who come near to the LORD consecrate themselves, lest the LORD break out against them.” 23 And Moses said to the LORD, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai, for you yourself warned us, saying, ‘Set limits around the mountain and consecrate it.'” 24 And the LORD said to him, “Go down, and come up bringing Aaron with you. But do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the LORD, lest he break out against them.” 25 So Moses went down to the people and told them.
[Exodus 20:1-21 ESV] 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 slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before me. 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 or 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 the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. 7 “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. 8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and 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. 12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. 13 “You shall not murder. 14 “You shall not commit adultery. 15 “You shall not steal. 16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 17 “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 is your neighbor’s.” 18 Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off 19 and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.” 20 Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.” 21 The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.
Let’s take a moment and pray, and we will jump into our sermon for today. gracious, Heavenly Father, I thank you that we can gather even if it is online, and through distance that we can talk that we can learn from your word. I thank you for keeping our church family relatively safe so far, I pray that You would continue to keep them safe. Lord, help us today to understand your word and understand the purpose and the use of the law for us today as believers, pray that You would clear up many concerns and fears and anxieties and stumbling blocks that people might have about the law and just make this a profitable time of learning. We pray and ask these things in your precious name.
He met yesterday, my son, he wanted me to teach him how to use a power drill for the first time. He’s worked a little bit with me in the past and it just brought up a bunch of memories. I don’t know how many of you guys went out there or women for that matter. I’ve used power drill, but it can be if you don’t get taught to do it the right way, it can be like a very frustrating things. So when I first started to use a power drill, I can remember many times where either wasn’t pushing in straight wasn’t pushing it hard enough and the screw would fall off the head of the bit and the bit would go into the wall or something like that, and carve up a whole… And I must have done that so many times before I figured out the right way to hold in. So yesterday I worked with my son and I, I showed him to…
Okay, here’s how you change out a bit, “Here’s how you screw something and here’s how you un-screw up, make sure you’re straight on when you do it, you gotta put a little pressure, but not too much pressure. All these things like that.
And I he did a pretty good job with it, but it’s just brought back all these memories of my wife asking me to help her hang something up or do something in the house and getting stressed and frustrated right away because I knew it was gonna be frustrating to use that stupid drill that I couldn’t always figure out.
And I think if you don’t know how to use something the right way, it can cause a lot of anxiety and frustration and that’s probably no more evident when it comes to the word of God, than it is with the Old Testament, it these portions of scripture are some of the most mishandled misused and misunderstood portions in the entire Bible.
If you’re anything like me, you read through, maybe the portions of the Old Testament that you’re comfortable with, but when you come to the case laws, these laws that are just repetitive, one after another about how they function within their society, you end up reading those quickly, you kind of get through them as fast as you can, you don’t maybe sometimes you read one and you’re like, “Oh that’s weird, or you feel a little offended or it’s bothersome to you. It almost seems like it’s wicked, the way that the laws come across. And part of the reason for that is ’cause Christians just don’t know how to handle the Old Testament on. So that’s the purpose of today is to give you an overview of the tools for how to handle the law and from that really try to give you the training you need, so that when you read the Old Testament law, you’re not scared, it’s not intimidating, it’s something that becomes a wealthy resource for you in your life today is that make sense? Mmhmm, yeah.
Okay, good for… So if you use the law the right way, he was your main idea. It can be a tool that builds your life if you use it the wrong way. There will be a lot of doubt, a lot of anxiety, and a lot of frustration. So before we go any further, I wanna give five. You already read ahead in the notes, but… So these won’t be surprising to you, but they might be surprising for people back at home.
So here are five surprising facts about the 10 Commandments. So right, the first one is, that nowhere in the Hebrew Bible does the term 10 commandments, actually occur and our English translations will translate a phrase as 10 commandments for instance, in Exodus 34-28, but the word that’s used there is not the Hebrew word for commandment. Now obviously they are command, so there’s nothing wrong with calling it that, but it’s a really interesting point that kinda can shock us a little bit. I think part of the reason for that is twice in our narrative our stories so far, we’ve had a moment of 10 sovereign pronouncements over two different settings. The first was in the creation of the world, got it, speaks here has 10 words in the creation account of Genesis one.
And things came into being… And then later in Exodus like chapter five through 12 or 13, you have 10 plagues of God or 10 statements, of God, words really de-creation, He’s de-creating and causing chaos on Exodus.
So you have 10 words there, 10 words here and then you have 10 words. And I think part of the significance of that is that these 10 words are supposed to be like a new creation of some kind.
Where I tie… We’re instituting a new creation with Israel. They’re gonna function a new way than humanity has ever function. They’re gonna live the right way, and it’s gonna cause things to fall in place in creation. If they’re able to obey, now we know the story. They are not, but that’s the offer that’s given to them here through even that numeric value is that makes sense, yeah, cool. The second one is that in the 10 commandments, which is about verse what 10-to-17 of Exodus, 20, is what I think it is in those 10 commandments. They are actually not 10 commandments. There are 13 and that’s not a big deal, because like I said, later biblical authors call in 10 commandments.
What happens is, multiple times, there are imperatives that are grouped together A… For instance, in a verse a number of four, you shall not make for yourself. Any car image Verse Five, “You shown up bow down to them or serve them.
Those are two commands are imperatives, but they form one commandment in A… So that’s point number two. Now, another surprising fact about the 10 Commandments number three is that the Jews and various denominations of Christians I, the last 3000 years, 30 centuries have argued for a different order of commands than we have today. For instance, orthodox today, you could call them Christians, but orthodox they oftentimes will say, verse number two of Exodus 20, “I am the Lord your God who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. imperative, it’s an understood imperative like You should believe this ’cause I am that.
And then the group…
You shall have no other gods before Me, and don’t make any carved images. They’ll group, those two together as the second command.
Protestants and Catholics throughout history have generally speak and I recognize Verse 2, “I’m the Lord. You gotta brought you up at the land of Egypt as like the preface.
And then in Verse 0 to two, our verse three, “You shall have no other gods before me, as the first command, and then no carved images is the second command.
So there’s been some debate throughout history over what those would actually be.
And then we’ll just a couple more real quick here. Number four, The 10 words, particularly the last six about how to treat other humans was actually already a widely-recognized general understanding of what morality was when these were written down.
And I don’t… That scare you off. And we have plenty of case law that we found that they have found, and it indicates that these were widely held beliefs even if they weren’t followed at this time, but this kind of coincides perfectly with what Paul teaches in the New Testament, and that is that the natural man has laws written on their heart.
So if you go to every corner of the globe for example, even isolated corners, of the globe that have never heard anything about Christianity. Most of the time there will be a general sense of… Hey, you don’t steal hey, you don’t kill someone.
Hey, you don’t… There’s this general sense of what right and wrong is, and that is because it is written on our heart to something that all humanity understands and is accountable to God for so and that brings me to point number five, which is that these 10 words are gonna form a general guideline the rest of the case, the rest of what I call the case laws they use 6001 other commandments, they will be what it looks like for these 10 commandments to be in motion.
Basically it’ll be the practical, what it looks like in our life to follow these 10 commands in different situations, a common example, it says “You shall not murder, but there are questions in the law. Hey, what happens if somebody accidentally dies, what happens to protect them or to protect the person that in our culture, we call it an A lot here, something like that, where it wasn’t on purpose, it was an accident. And so they will work those ideas out in practical life. So five surprising facts about the 10 Commandments. Any of those actually surprise you or were you familiar with some of those before?
Yes, I’m gonna say most of those surprise. Oh, really good job, yeah, thanks, okay good. Well, we’re surprised then throughout history, obviously 600 and ’11 laws is a lot of loss, right?
So, throughout history is a Eisenstein different scholars, people who are loyal to the law have sought to summarize the law in various ways.
If we’re gonna break it down to what it means to follow the law to be loyal to God, in a specific way, what does that mean?
What’s the one summary of it?
And Isaiah does this in Isaiah 33, he says, Who is the one who will dwell on the heights who will have the place of defense and fortress of ROC whose bread will be given with them. Water will be sure.
So these are all the covenant promises and blessings from God who is the one who will receive the covenant blessings of God and the answer is, he says, This is Isaiah 33-15, he’s one who walks righteously speaks up rightly despises the gain of oppressions shakes his hands, lest they hold a bride. So I don’t wanna hold on to it, I’m gonna shake my hand, so it gets out of my hand stops his years from hearing bloodshed stops his eyes from looking on evil.
So, it’s not participating in them by looking on the six things. If you do those six things, then you are fulfilling the law. That was Isaias way of communicating that.
And Mike is gonna say the same thing, Mike, is 68, he’s gonna say, He’s told you how many have seen this in a bathroom, a men’s bathroom especially in church or whatever like that. He’s told you, “Oh man, what is good? Here’s what you should do.
Seek justice, the “Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God” That’s what God requires of you. That’s the summary of the Old Testament law. And I ate… He’s gonna summarize what it means to father, the law, he’s gonna say the righteous shall live by his faith, and Paul is gonna quote that in the New Testament, and he’s gonna try to emphasize that if you want to participate today in the covenant blessings of Abraham then today, you need to place your faith in Jesus Christ, ’cause the right… Just live by faith, not by the works of the law, but that’s actually not the only time he’s gonna summarize the law, he’s gonna quote that and say That’s the fulfillment of it but in Romans 13, he’s gonna say “Oh no one anything, except to love each other for the one who has loves one another has fulfilled the law. So what does it mean if it fill the law to love one another for the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, shall not covet in any other commandment, are summed up by this Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no wrong to his neighbor, therefore, love is fulfilling the law.
So all is gonna summarize the law or what it means to fulfill the law. And a couple of different ways are all to me the purpose of the law.
And then Jesus gets asked, What’s the first and greatest commandment, and that’s not saying Hey, there’s one and then there’s two, three, four… That’s saying What is the one thing that you have to do if you do that one thing, then you fulfilled the whole law and maybe Tim could you read for me? Matthew 22, 37 to 40, it’s on that first page there, and he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind, This is the great and first commandment. And the second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself, on these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.
Yeah, so Jesus summarizes it by saying Love the Lord, your God, that’s the first and greatest and love your neighbors. So do both is, is Jesus fulfillment of that.
So that’s kind of the summaries of the law throughout time, and that’s just the biblical view. There are scholars throughout the last 400 years that have argued about what the summary of the law should be, but we have a biblical answer. It kinda just breaks down to loving God and loving neighbor. If you did those things the right way, that would be a fulfillment of the law.
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So here’s the thing, if you’re not aware of it, or if you are either way, throughout time, throughout history, there has been two main views and then a whole a bunch of shades of views between them of what a Christian is a and his responsibility to the law should be. And this is a problem still today. Tim, you were bringing up, I think right before we started. Just the frustration, like, as you read the law, do I read it the same way as I would the New Testament, do What importance does that have to my life?
You know, what emphasis should I put on it, what does it look like for me to fulfill it? All these questions and many Christians have that question. And there are two main views about this.
And then, like I said, there’s a bunch of kind of shades in between the two of what people view. The first is something called Theon my… Do you remember your Greek class? What was… They asked a to God, yeah, do you remember now as on that there is so God and law, the US not “namast no me is God’s law for us today. Basically, they say that we should be living under the Old Testament law, except for the sacrificial system, ’cause Jesus fulfilled that they see the Old Testament law as the perfect example of what a society would look like, if we were following it and if they were following the law of God, and so therefore we ought to live that same way today. So the enemy says We should follow all of the Old Testament laws… Today.
Now, there are two main problems with the enemy. Before you read ahead, what’s your instinct as you read that? What is the first thing you think of when you hear the idea that we should follow all of God’s law for us today?
I think my first question is the purification aspects are ones that I don’t follow.
Yeah, but aside from that, I mean the 10 commandments. I should still be trying to follow. Sure, sure, so what about the legislation? Like I… For an I-tooth for tooth, if I stepped on your toe, and broke it you get to step on my toe and break it.
So, “Vengeance is mine, says the Lord. Yeah, comes to mind. Is that strictly a New Testament commandment or truth?
Yeah, I think that’s an Old Testament commandments.
So too, that’s an Old Testament.
Hold it from the Old Testament, in the New Testament.
So we also have a different form of government than they did. Yes, we did Israel.
So when you said that there are two views Am I only allowed, to have one of these two? No, we’re gonna take a different view. These are the two main ones throughout history, okay… Yeah, yeah, that’s good. Don’t box me. Yeah, I’m not back that I got in so there are two main failures with it and you might be sensing them, but you’re just struggling to articulate it. The first one is it really just fails to see how the New Testament authors talk about the law. So New Testament authors were constantly moving toward Christ and away from the Old Testament law, because Jesus was ultimately the fulfillment of everything, the law and the clearest examples of this are when they’re moving away from circumcision. That’s like a huge argument in the early church. It’s all over at… It’s in several different books including Ephesians and Galatians and it’s a real big emphasis that, “Hey you don’t have to be circumcised any more, or the dietary laws, that’s brought up in a couple of different places, both acts and then also in Colossians chapter 2. so it’s pretty apparent that the New Testament authors are shifting us away from the Old Testament law. Not… Not that they’re bad over and over again. They’re gonna say The law is good, it’s a good thing for us, but we have to recognize how the New Testament authors are using it and they’re clearly shifting us away from it, and if the apostles are shifting us away from it, then maybe we ought not to try to hold to it is the first argument is it the heart that they’re trying to shift from the heart of pursuing righteousness through obedience versus God’s righteousness, upon us and then striving to fear him to emulate him. Is that where they’re trying to pull them away?
Yeah, I think there’s some of that… Yeah, I think there’s some of that in there, for sure. I do think that… Two things with that, number one, I think, Paul recognizes that throughout all time even in the Old Testament, the righteous live by their faith.
And he’s gonna bring that up with Abraham, he’s gonna bring that up through Time-To-profits would believe that.
So I don’t think we sometimes get it stuck in our mind, that… Well, that was the time period when they were supposed to do and now is the time period where we were supposed to believe.
But the problem is it the law people’s devotion to it was never quite enough to be perfect and good. And this is what James is gonna bring up in a minute, we’re gonna read it where if you fail at one point, you’re guilty of the whole law.
So that would be the main thing. I would kinda draw out of that, but yeah, I think you’re right, on with that, that there’s a shift happening toward the leading the spirit toward Christ toward following God as a new covenant community, Gentiles and Jews without needing the old customs and pursuing Christ Jesus together, on the basis of what Christ has already accomplished for us on the cross. So, I think you’re right on with that.
That’s a good question though.
I do have a question here from my daughter Olivia. Why would God make commands, if he knew we would not do them? That is a really good question, a Livia. That’s a question that a lot of people have asked throughout a lot of time. And the answer to that, I’ll talk directly to you for a second. Olivia okay, daddy tells you to obey him, and he tells you to obey Him in a lot of different ways, right?
Do you always obey me?
No, you don’t, so should daddy just not give any commands should daddy just not ever tell you to obey Him in different things, not it is a commanding these things to teach you what is the right thing for you to do?
And then we’re gonna see a little bit some other things that the commands do.
So I’m inviting you into obedience and a good relationship with me. “If you obey me, we’re gonna have a good relationship, and if you obey me, then you’re gonna be learning to do what’s right and what’s good and that helps you.
So God gave us the commands for those reasons, not just to trick us to failing them.
That’s not the only purpose. We’ll talk more about that in a minute. So alright, good question, live alright. If you have another question, you don’t be afraid to text them into me. Number two, this also fails to recognize this view of the theory, view a teaches that we should live under the old testament law, to day pills to recognize how the Old Testament-less law was given to a special Middle Eastern people 3400 years ago and Jesus and Paul would end up teaching us about the principles of those laws so that we can move toward righteousness, and even a greater way. So an example of this would be what Jesus does with adultery and lust in Matthew Chapter 5, nowhere in the Old Testament law. Does it say Don’t lust?
I think you could say, “Do not covet your neighbor’s wife, would be considered that, but let’s just… Let’s just go with this for a second. It doesn’t say you’re not supposed to do that. And nowhere in the Old Testament law, does it say if you do that, you’re committing adultery?
However, Jesus is going to say that Old Testament law, was not just about the outward action, it was about the desires and the mind. So Jesus is going to move us toward a greater righteousness that if you meditate on the law you would realize like David does in the Psalms God, you desire truth in the inner parts. Not just the outward parts, but… So the law itself is giving us a principle, but the actual specific occasion and the specific command that’s given in that moment is only pointing us toward that principle is the idea here. And Jesus is gonna keep us moving us toward that we know of this principle, and we argue for this principle a lot of times with the issue of slavery to in The Old Testament, if you read the Old Testament, slavery laws, and if you read laws about slaves, for surrounding areas at that time, you would find really quick that Jews were treated Jewish slaves, or slaves of Jews were treated much better than the area around them, if they were hurt because their master beat them, they would be given finances, or even set free as a result of that. They were enslaved, for seven years and then there was loss to set them free, they were given a day off each week to enjoy the these are not things that areas around them would have done and each one of these laws raises the value of slaves they’re created in the image of God, we should recognize them as humans the creating the image of God each one of these commands do that, and then you move to the New Testament and Paul opens up the possibility that slaves could be deacons in churches could be pastors in churches and master should treat them fairly and justly and throughout time, many people have said and argued that the Bible sets humanity on A trajectory away from having an institution of slavery because all men are created equal, and therefore you can’t subjugate any one man under another man like that that wouldn’t be right to… And so, most of us recognize this, and that’s why William Wilberforce would fight for the abolition of slavery and Britain over a century ago. It’s why Abraham Lincoln fought for the same thing. And it’s why we value that today, that slavery is wrong, essentially, because it lowers the value of a human being. And for us to… Let’s just make an argument today, today, let’s make and start our own little society and let’s establish that society.
Like a theme society. We would go back, and we would re-institute slavery and that would be a move backwards away from righteousness. So we know this intuitively we know that, the “onam can’t be right. The question that we struggle with then, is what is right to what should we do?
So, does that make sense to the enemy? Makes sense, you understand the view we don’t agree with it, I’m trying to think is there an example where God commands them to make slaves? There is examples of specific commands in specific times where if they conquered a people group, they were allowed to take some of them as, slaves. Yes, again, this is specific time specific place we’ll get to how we apply some of those things more in just a moment. Alright, I got a question here. It seems as if God continued to add laws and humans continue to break them, but the first few books of the Bible, God seems after the first few books God seems to stop adding laws. Why is that?
We will get to that. It’s a really good question, we will get to that question just a moment, Adrian.
The laws are part of a story. And I’ll use an illustration, in just a few minutes, to explain that, so just bear with me and when we get there, I’ll try to bring it up and if that doesn’t answer your question, ask another one.
The second common view of what the law was, throughout time is called Anti-Nomi Anis anti-no minis, and again, now as is law anti-in our language days, against… So, we’re against the law being used for our lives today. And basically, people like this would say the law is completely unhinged from our life today, the law is something that we should have no bearing on us functionally. These people preach only from the New Testament, functionally, they only refer to the Old Testament occasionally.
Now, I would argue that the vast majority of Christians are functional anti-anti-no meals in A… So if you have your Bible right now, you look at it and you looked at it from the page setting. The last third of your Bible, is more the pages are more wrinkled and separated and the first two-thirds are stuck together.
You are a functional anti… No mean and maybe you go to the Psalms, you say No, I read the Psalm, some and that’s… You read the Psalms, maybe some of the Proverbs and then it’s New Testament Matthew and on and I’m here to tell you that that’s not the biblical view of how we should handle the word of God.
Now, I wanna represent this view… Well, because Ephesians 2:15 does talk about how Jesus came to abolish the law on that word is as severe of a word as you can get annihilate the stray it’s gone. The idea is, nothing is left after it and call uses that word himself. And I think it’s using a couple of different places like that, so people will say, “Well you see there it is, they’ll proof text and say there it is C: Paul says It’s abolished so it’s gone. The problem with that is, Paul doesn’t act like it’s completely gone. He quotes from it many times as an authoritative source for our life today and we’ll talk about a few of those in a minute.
Jesus does this, Paul does this James does this Peter does this other New Testament authors do this to them the law is still good, the law is still binding as a righteous standard for us today but it’s in a different way than you may think. So James, and Paul, they still appeal to the law, as authority for Christians.
And one of the examples from James when he’s arguing against partiality, he says, “If you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. You’re doing well, but if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as “transgress-ers, so he appeals to the law there to argue that if you are showing partiality, you’re guilty, you’re sinning and instead you should love your neighbor as yourself, and not show partiality.
James is appealing to the Law is an authority in our life still today. So again, you have to see how the biblical authors the New Testament authors are gonna talk about the law to help this make sense. Those two, you see those two camps, I do when I see this verse 20, “I just looking at it this whole time, this idea of fearing God is the same throughout and I think there’s a benefit to seeing God in the Old Testament, because he doesn’t change. No, that’s right, that’s right and that’s what we’ll see here. God does not change what it looks like to live righteously, in a particular group of people might change what it looks like for you and I to live righteously, today has nothing to do with whether an an ox is it known Godard for going around and saving people with its horns which by the way is a major section of the Old Testament, law. There’s this whole section on it that doesn’t have any effect on us today, but the righteous principles behind them 100% to… And so it’s gonna look different for us to live that way, today.
That’s really good.
So, how then should we view the law? So we’re gonna kind of wrap these things up with First, how should we view the law and second, what the purpose of the law for us today is the first thing is, how should we view these Old Testament law, these 10 commandments that were just read and then there’s going to be 61 other Thou shalt and thou shalt nots, in the first five books of the Bible. These I want you to hear me listen.These first five books of the Bible are not a law code for all people of all the time.
Listen, this is what they are. these first five books or a story of a covenant that God makes with a specific people at a specific time when you get that in your mind, the Old Testament law, will open up for you.
It will make so much more sense.
That means that it is a highly instructive story for us today ’cause it teaches us what it looks like for God to work with mankind for mankind to be obedient and to believe God to function the way they should.
But it’s a specific time-specific culture and that may these principles, we might need to learn the principles and then apply those principles to our life so that makes sense.
So here’s what I mean, if the law code is a law code for all people of all time, it is a failure if you’re going to assume that it does not accomplished what you think it should.
It is a law code for a specific people and specific time, but it does not cover many of the situations that Israel would face throughout her history.
It does not cover many of the situations that you and I face today.
It is not a law code that gives us rules in case loss, for every situation we face does give us biblical principles, but not a law code to abide by. Alright, so it’s a failure if you assume that’s what it is, now, I do not assume that’s what it is. So I do not say that the law is a failure. The law principles are abiding authoritative and they’re standard of righteousness that are a representation of what righteousness might look like or does look like in ancient Mesopotamia. 34 centuries ago.
Okay, just get that in your mind.
That’s what a righteousness should or might look like. Biblical authors.
Now, here’s where it gets interesting. I want to explain to you what I mean by, it’s a story or narrative that includes loss not… It is not a law code.
We have examples of ancient law, codes, we actually have from archeology, laws… Law codes that are earlier than this one and later, and throughout this whole time, and none of them are arranged like this, none of them The… None of them are given the narrative that this one is given, they’re all just listing law code after law code, so that’s not what this is supposed to be, this is supposed to be a story about God and His interaction with mankind.
So in other words, there were at… Let me give you an example of how this works or how this looks now, you know, Hebrew better than I do. You studied it.
I’m not gonna test your quiz. You on Hebrew, but it’s my understanding that Hebrew letters correspond to numbers that there are no numbers in Hebrew correct?
So they’ll have a letter that corresponds to a specific number. So as you’re reading language, you could kind of be reading the Matrix almost ’cause they’re like numbers as you go.
And what is so interesting about this is that biblical authors play with this. They don’t do this to give some secret code about the end of the world that’s not their point, they do this, artistically and one of the ways they do this is every once in a while, the numerical value of a ward in its hostages they’ll use that numeric value in some creative way, in the passage.
One of the common was one of the biggest ways that this is done is there’s a section of Proverbs where the heading announces these are the proverbs, of of Solomon.
Okay, and he’s gonna go on to list a bunch of one-verse Proverbs in this, and it starts in Proverbs 10, verse will and it goes for 14 chapters or something like that, and he lists a 3075 proverbs.
Now, we know from First Kings that Solomon wrote over 3000 Proverbs but 75 are chosen. What is the numeric value of Solomon’s name?
I’m gonna guess 3-75, that is correct, 375 is closer, it’s a clever thing. The biblical author did under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to give an idea to just be artistic, but this is not the only way that this happens. Okay, there are 60-11 laws in the Torah. What do you think the numeric value of Tora. Is in the Old Testament of that word?
Again, 6-11 to 6-11 is correct, thank you. Yeah, so it’s very important to recognize. There are 611 shut and thou shalt nots, in these first five books. And it seems like that number, it is chosen very intentionally not because that’s all there were, there were probably more, but because they wanted to give a representation of their law code within the narrative story. Let me give you an illustration of what this would look like in life.
Okay, so a couple, a young couple wants to get married, okay, and they go to their pastor, for some, premarital counseling. If you get married, you should do premarital counseling. 10%. It is one of the most important things that you can do for your marriage pastors, a lot of times, no many of the pitfalls that young couples will fall into and often do fall into, and they can help you with that. But in pre-marital counseling typically you cover a wide variety of topics you talk about the role of the husband and the wife in the home. You’ll talk about, you’ll talk about important things like money decisions, how budgets will work, you’ll talk about sex, you’ll talk about how many kids you’re gonna plan to have you’ll talk about who will work and how much they work and the career plans and where you’ll live and all of these things like that. You’re gonna try to start making decisions together about that in pre-marital counseling guy, so let’s say a couple is in premarital counseling. They go through and they’re working through all these decisions and one of the decisions that they came to was that they would like to have three kids, okay, and they go throughout their life and when they decide they’re gonna start having kids, they are unable to have kids and it becomes a benchmark moment in their life, they’re not able to have kids, and it’s a sad thing for them, but it ends up, turning them in a direction of adoption or to focus their efforts on ministry or to do something else, with their efforts for God, that could be amazing as well.
And you and I, we wanna write a story of their life, they’re 605 we wanna write a story of their life and we wanna weave together the important elements of the story of their life.
Okay, so when we write this story are we going to include every detail of their premarital counseling are we’re gonna include every conversation they had with their pastor every decision that they made.
No, but we might include that moment when they decided they wanted to have three children, because we know, in five or 10 years decided they’re gonna start having children, we know that in that moment, they’re not going to be able to have children, and it’s gonna be this benchmark moment in their life, that’s what the Bible is doing.
Yeah, it’s giving a story, it’s telling a story. And it’s including loss but the laws are largely included for theological and narrative purposes.
In fact, I think you could argue that every law is included for theological or narrative purposes, not because that’s all there were, but because this is a story about God’s marriage with the people He’s their God, he get marry them in a few chapters and he’s gonna have the supper with them in Chapter 24, the marriage supper.
Okay, and as part of that, they make an agreement, a covenant together. This is what you should do, this is what you should do.
Not all of them are given, but some of them are… And they’re given to us to teach us about the nature of their relationship. Moving forward. An example of this is, do you know the story? You know the story, okay what happens, he goes up to the Mount and gets these 10 commandments, it takes the elders back up and then chapters 25 through 31 are commands about creating the tabernacle manufacturing the tab Monaco putting that all together.
Okay Chapter 32. he makes his way back down the mount and then what does he find they’re sending? Yeah, they’re at the bottom of the hill, they got this golden cat their worshipping the golden calf. Saying, “This is the God who brought me up out of Egypt which is really, really dumb.
They’re probably involved in some kind of impropriety sexually-based off of the language of it, and they’re just, they’re party in okay, they’re just not, they’re not doing what they should be doing even after they’ve committed to the covenant. And so the whole thing happens.Chapters 32-33. alright, and we’ll get to that and later on in the series, and then 34, Moses goes back up the mountain, and he gets the 10 commandments, again.
But this time, there’s a different emphasis, there’s an emphasis on the festivals, there’s an epic. On the Sabbath day.
There’s an emphasis on things that are about a devotion to the way… And Yahweh alone, the Lord and the Lord and low.
Why is that? It is chapter 20. more authoritative or important or is 34 because it’s given later and the CER is Yes, they’re both important, because it’s a story and this is a story you’re gonna see this. So they just sin and God could be done with them but he’s not, he gives them another chance, He gives them the law. Again, this is what I want for you, this is how I want you to obey this is what I want you to do, and this is amazing, it’s an amazing demonstration of what work we’re so flighty we tend to send so much and this amazing demonstration of God’s patience, it’s amazing demonstration of our need for a mediator. It’s awesome, I can’t get ahead of ourselves. We’re gonna get to that. And I don’t know, three months, but it’s part of a story. It’s not just law, it’s an instruction, it’s a narrative for us with stories and laws, everything built into it as a whole to teach us and to teach the ancient Israelites about the way they should live you track and that makes sense, yeah. Well, thinking about what a good story, set Who a good storyteller is they only include what’s important. Yeah, and if their desire, like our God’s desire is to teach us the fear of him, how can he do that?
Right, right, right, that’s exactly right. What is their purpose in writing to teach them?
I would argue from the very first chapters to teach them not to view good… Like God does and be bad, like God does, and to respond appropriately that’s the entire Old Testament purpose and over and over again. We have examples of people doing what was right in their own eyes, which was evil in the eyes of the Lord. And then, they die, no judged in their due. And the hope, the only hope we have is to believe in a way that he is good to His promises and to try to see this world the way he does to repent from our own world view and to try to put on God’s view of life.
So, yeah, that’s really good.
Alright, so if you have questions. So I’ve got a few new questions I have a question from Isaac, you have said that we are to fulfill the law by loving God and loving our neighbor. But based on what you explain would you reject loving God and loving our neighbor by fulfilling the law?
I don’t quite track what you’re asking.
I think you’re saying is if we try to fulfill the law, we would be rejecting loving God and neighbor and that is not… I don’t think that’s the biblical view of what the law is. And we’ll see in a minute, the biblical view of the law is to help guide us into what it means to view this world rightly and to act rightly. So, it’s a good question, Isaac, if you need clarification, you can ask me a second time.
Yeah, think so, it sounds like maybe the order is in question. So am I loving God? So if I wanna love God, then I fulfill the law or should the order be… I love God and it makes me a fulfilled of the law which that’s how I… That’s how I view it.
We’re actually gonna get to Romans 8 is super helpful for that.
So Romans 8, is gonna talk about what it means to fulfill the law and how Christ did that for us. So we’re gonna get to that in just a moment.
So if that’s your question, I just hang with me for a minute. We’re still building this idea out, but good question, I do have another one. Genesis there. Examples of people breaking the 10 Commandments before they were written down a formally stated by God. But why were the law is not formally stated for narrative purpose at the time they were originally broken people understood them back then.
But here God is marrying in one sense, a special pen like the Is treasured possession, 196 exits, 196 of all the peoples of the earth. And this is how you will be that in order to be my special people, you have to follow these commands.
So, they’re stated here because the people of Israel are one of the major players in the Bible, and here is where they’re given these commands explicitly to be able to follow them so that they can be that special people for God.
So hopefully that answers your question if you have questions, you can ask them their sense and that in a text to me, Okay, all right, this can be a major adjustment to our mindset, but if you view the Old Testament, law, properly instead of being offended or embarrassed by the law, you will study it, to help you understand what righteous principles are there for you to understand. Today.
I’ve had people ask me and ask questions. They’ll say something like, “Hey I got really embarrassed or ashamed or frustrated when a friend of mine posted this Old Testament law that seems kind of barbaric on the internet and then say, something like, “Well that’s not why I don’t believe the Bible or This is why Christianity is stupid or something like that.
And if you understand the purpose of the law and you understand that it was given to a people 3400 years ago to help move them toward righteousness, and away from the wickedness, at that time, if you understand that it’s going to help you immensely in those moments and you’re not gonna doubt you’re not gonna be as anxious you’re gonna instead know what it was there for and not be shaken by it.
Our problem oftentimes, is because we’re not using our thinking about the tool the right way, we’re not using the drill the right way, so you have to think about it the right way, if you’re going to use it the right way, instead of being confused or sleepy when you read the law, it’s going to become a source, a wealthy source of wisdom for your life today.
So really, really, really valuable.
Well, let’s wrap this up. So there are three purposes of the law. This is where I really want to apply it and get it in specifically kind of break it down for us, today. The first purpose of the law for us today is to demonstrate sin and make us accountable to God.
And this is… I could read a number of passages, I’ve got a number listed here, won’t you? Would you read it? Romans 3-19, it’s there for us to teetering time.
It’s on that first page.
Now, we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law so that every mouth may be stopped. And the whole world may be held accountable to God.
Yeah, so the law, it is to hold people accountable to God. Nobody… After you look at the 10 Commandments, can say… Can step back and say, “Hey I’ve always kept those I’ve always done those.
Nobody can say that. And that is one of the purposes of the law, and this is stated the same way in 1 Timothy 1, 8-11, Romans 7, says that the law was good, but sin comes alive in me when I read the law, I desire things when I read the law, I don’t want to keep them. And that reveals something about my heart, something that’s wrong with me or a or James chapter 2, says, if anyone keeps the whole law that fails at one point, he has become guilty of it all.
So multiple different times in the New Testament, biblical authors are gonna make this point. You have to be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect, you have to obey these laws, perfectly.
The New Testament is gonna clearly teach us, that we cannot, we cannot finally, through our obedience secure relationship with God, we can never be good enough to be with God, it’s not gonna happen through the law.
The Works of the law cannot accomplish this, and this is the reason the Galatians is in our Bible and it’s by the way the subject matter of Romans 3 and 4, as well, over and over again, and here in Romans 8, there’s a really clear teaching on this Romans 8 verse 3 and 4. I’ll give you a moment to get there. But one of the purposes of the law is when you read it to be… Like I can, I might be able to meet up to this one or might be able to do this one sometimes, but I’m never gonna be good enough to keep all the law all the time. This is Romans 8 Verses 3 and 4, God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do by sending His own Son, in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh. Stop right there. The law could not finally deliver us so he sent to Son the deliver us the law could not accomplish that.
It was given to us to show us righteousness, to show us goodness but it was always faith in a forgiving and gracious God, that saved anyone. But the law is given to us to show us first of all what good is. And second of all, that were never quite met that standard. We’ve all fallen short of that standard, all of us, when we hear that as a people who sin, it’s very discouraging.
So how can we encourage others to read the law with hope? I think our natural tendency when we read laws that we can’t do is to turn away and go to a lot, a law system that we can follow create one, make one of our own.
How do we hear that the purpose of the law is to demonstrate sin and make us accountable when the demonstration of sin makes us not wanna be accountable because it could be read as not producing hope.
Yeah, that’s a really good question time and I agree, I think that we absolutely we hear that, and that makes us want to go somewhere else.
And I think the good news are the hope comes after we recognize that we can never do it because the good news is that you don’t have to keep trying to keep a law in order to have that relationship with God, the hope is that there’s actually a completely different way, and it’s given here in Romans Chapter 8, 3, that that God did what the law couldn’t do by sending His own Son, in the likeness of sinful flesh, He condemns it, in the flesh so that all of the ways that you fail to keep the law that condemnation has been placed on Jesus in your place, so that you can stand before God with a clean record before him is with Jesus’ righteousness because he did keep the law perfectly, and as you stand before God, you are secure in a position that is not on the basis of your obedience.
So no future failure, is gonna break that position.
No future success is going to improve that position. Because it was what Jesus did, that secures that position for you.
But the only way to get there is if you are willing to leave behind a way of thinking that says, “if I do good enough then I can be with God. You have to leave that behind and you have to grab on to a point of view that says, “Christ did good enough so that I can be with God.
So being accountable to God, if we look at verse 20 is to fear him. That’s our accountability yeah, yeah, we fear him.
We fear the judgment that we rightly deserve but then we stand confident because Christ has taken that judgment for us and we never have to fear that judgment again. And in fact, Romans chapter 81 says, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
And then a few verses right before this.
So number one is that the law is given to us so that we will read the standard of righteousness, the principles that the righteousness points to that these standards 02 and realize Man I don’t do that all the time. Or even most of the time.
Point number two is to give us an example of righteousness from an ancient and different culture, give us examples of righteousness from an ancient and different culture.
So if you’re still in Romans Chapter 8, look at Verse 5, he’s just got done saying that the law could not do it so Jesus Christ did it so that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Now, there’s a lot of… Scott of The theological to beta over what that means, but I think versus 5-3 makes it clear, those of us who live according to the flesh, set our minds on the things of the flesh, those of us who live according to the spirits that are mind on the things of the Spirit, For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace for the mind that is set on a one, the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law, and can those who are in the flesh cannot please God, so understood in this is that those who are in the Spirit can please God and fulfill the law that’s understood, in his line of argument here.
So not just the 60-11 commands in the Old Testament, that’s not the point here.
The point is that you’re fulfilling, you’re pleasing God by fulfilling the righteous principles behind those 611 commands. So in other words, it’s not enough that you don’t commit adultery, you also should not desire and lust after someone else.
It’s the righteous standards and principles behind the laws that we can fulfill as we walk in the Spirit, by his power and his strength, and because we have a relationship with God already so Jesus Christ secures a position for us as a child of God that cannot change, and now as we walk in the Spirit, we can fulfill that law today.
So, for us, today, Romans Chapter I think it’s 15-4 says that the law becomes an example for us of what disobedience and obedience can look like in a particular time with a particular people. It doesn’t mean that’s gonna be always what it looks like. The law, if you properly study it and apply it can provide a rich resource for the life of believers today in the 21st century.
Alright, it’s really exciting.
I love the Old Testament law, because of this. If you read it with this in mind, it still is hard at times, but it also becomes a really, really rich resource.
Yeah, I’m encouraged, yeah.
Walking by the spirit is fear of the Lord. Yes, so on the same page there, and verse 20 says that, “If you fear Him, if you keep that before you, that you may not sin.
So we have that encouragement as long as we’re walking in the Spirit, as long as we’re fearing him, he enables us to not sin? And sin is the transgression of the law.
So if we’re walking in the Spirit, and living in the freedom that Christ has given to us, walking in the Spirit, meditating on who Jesus is knowing him more and more enjoying the sweetness of the relationship with him, the fruit of the spirit comes out of us, which is the fulfillment of the law.
This is Galatians Five. Go read it love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, kindness, goodness, self-control these things come out of us and if that is what’s coming out of us, we are fulfilling the law.
How do you think application for your life where you have not interpreted the law correctly, how would you say your life has looked as someone who was trying to be a law follower instead of a God fear, what does that look like, and where do you think that’s been hard?
Yeah, so whenever you create a standards you’re always at risk of trusting the standard themself to deliver you to righteousness, instead of trusting Jesus and using the standards as a tool to live in the Spirit, walk in the Spirit.
So, an example, a great example of this. You get angry, go to a counselor, the counselor tells you. Well, one thing you should do is you should be slow to speak, so I want you to count to five before you respond.
Okay, so that becomes the standard. Now, let me ask you a question, counting to five. Does that deliver you from anger?
No, no, now it doesn’t, doesn’t deliver me from anger, my college. You would say that it does… Yeah, it does not deliver me from anger.
I’ve tried it, and you know what, I can get angry, if my rights are stepped on, that’s not ultimately gonna deliver me from anger, but counting to five can be a tool by which to pause.
Look to Jesus say a quick prayer ask Him to fill you with the spirit so that the fruit of the Spirit, can come out.
So, I five-second rule can be a tool, but it is not. We’re always in whenever we create standards, or little rules or things for us to do, we are in danger of trusting those things above other things.
Well, right, so if you’re trying to follow the law, but not fearing God, you’re the law becomes your god.
Yeah, and I think that everywhere that we see law in the Bible commands God is also showing us himself first in this fearing him. In James to receive with meekness. The implanted word. It’s not just be quiet for five seconds is fear of the Lord for five seconds and it’ll change you. Yeah, that’s really good, that’s really good.
Yeah, I agree. So that’s what it means to walk in the spirit. It’s a good practical look. So this week, standards can be a useful thing. Things like that can be really helpful, but they’re only helpful in so far as you turn to God during those moments and ask him as the holy God to fill you with the Spirit in that moment to help you to live the right way, and in those things, that will be how you will fulfill the law the righteous principles. God, I turn a law. A good question one, and I bring this one up ’cause I think it’s so awesome. So the last way to use the law, you guys have done a really good job. Thank you for staying with me as long as you have. The last one is to develop our minds to think biblically about the world to develop our minds to think biblically about the world.
So an example of this is Paul in 1 Corinthians 9, 8, 11. do I say these things on human authority does not the law say the same? So, he’s appealing to the law as authority in this passage. It is written in the law. Moses, “You shall not muzzle the ox when he treads out the grain.
Is it before the oxen that God is concerned, does not? He certainly speak for our sake. It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow and hope, and the Thresher should thrush and hope of sharing in the crop if we have one spiritual things, among you. Is it too much if we read material things from you?
This is a passage about how pastors and ministry workers, should be supported for their labor in ministry.
And he’s arguing for that, and he’s gonna appeal to the law to argue for that. Now it’s in ancient times, an ox would be attached to a grinding stone, you know, they put grain down and the grinding stone, the ox would walk around with the grinding stone rolling around and it would roll over the grain and crush up the grain for them. And the command is you need to, not muzzle the ox and the Old Testament law, so that the Ox can eat to treat the ox, fairly, don’t utilize or expect too much of the ACS let them eat if they’re going to be working.
Now, I love this ’cause this is clever by Paul, this is this is brilliant. Okay, because he could have, he could have used any law from the priests or the Levites where they were entitled to a portion of the sacrifice that was brought to them, he could have used that he could have referred to that part of the law, but he doesn’t… Why doesn’t he do that, what does he go to an animal instead? And I think the reason is because he doesn’t want the people to view him as a separate class, the priests or Levite above them, I think he wants to them to view him as a servant for them.
Nothing more than a beast of burden.
This is a man who is so informed by the law, his imagination is so informed by the law that when he tries to show the humble position of spiritual laborers and say, that they still deserve financial support, he’s going to appeal to a law in the Torah about it is an… And I just think that’s amazing. There are many other passages like this, there’s a passage in Hebrews chapter 10 here. Why don’t you read Hebrews 10, verses 28 and 29, For me, anyone who has set aside the law of Moses died without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses.
How much worse punishment do you think will be deserved by the one who has trampled under foot the Son of God and His profane, the blood of the covenant, by which He was sanctified and has outraged the spirit of grace.
Yeah, thank you. So what does he do there?
Well, what does the biblical author do? He says, if in the Law of Moses, somebody disregards the law and two or three witnesses, see them do it, and this isn’t just like a light disregard. This is like last homing the law here, Okay, two or three witnesses, see or hear that he does this and they can prove it, then that one dies and he’s saying if that’s going to be what happens to somebody under the law, what’s gonna happen when somebody disregards Jesus, when somebody trample on Jesus. So this is, again, a mind that is biblically informed, Biblically trained, he’s gonna refer to the Old Testament law, one of the laws as an example and say even more so Jesus Christ, you’ll be judged even worse if you trample under your feet, Jesus Christ. There are other examples where… And Paul does this in Romans 70. does the Singleton the… There’s many other examples of this, but I just think it’s clever. So point number one is first to leave us accountable before God and then therefore point is to Jesus. Point number two is to give us examples of righteousness and point number three is to develop us to think biblically about the world and about God’s standard of righteousness in one intonation to Antoinette onto.
I’ve got another question, if you have any other questions you’d like to close with, please let me know, I wanna wrap things up ’cause I know I’ve kept you guys for a long time.
This is a question for Ashley.
How can we figure out the standards of righteousness for some things that aren’t obvious in the law, for example, I think in Leviticus, There are two examples on leprosy.
How can we find the righteous standard and things like that?
The state at that.
So, in that passage, how does that inspire you to fear the Lord and His power and you as a servant, you has a week being that would be where I would go with that.
Yeah, that’s good, that’s really good.
So like the passage from this morning, Lu 17, what does the leper do he goes to Jesus ’cause that’s who can heal him. Yeah, and then once he’s healed he says Thank you, I praise you and he goes off in faith that’s really good.
There are other principles that you can derive from that. First of all, leprosy is a huge illustration for sin.
So when you read that and you read about how if they were lepers in the camp, they couldn’t go into the temple or anything like that.
It gives you an idea, you can’t take sin before God.
And so, principles like that are really helpful. There’s a lot of principles, like that that you can derive from it but it takes a good deal. Meditation and just, you keep on working at it. When we get into it, I will tell you… We’re gonna cover the 10 Commandments, over the next four or five weeks after that, there’s gonna be a section of, I call them case laws from Chapter 21 to 23 that aren’t gonna be easy, but we’re gonna, I think, for two weeks.
So, in those… And getting principles for what righteous living looks like for us today and I’ve never heard of a sermon preached on something like that, section of scripture before, but we’re gonna do it and hopefully, that’ll teach you a little bit more principles on that, but just meditate on. I really think about it and think about principles that you can pull out of there. So that gives you an example but obviously I can’t tell all the principles from all of the commands right now, so it’s good question, No, alright, well to wrap up today, I thought it would be entirely appropriate. Maybe I’ll give this to you and I’ll have you read it to read Psalm 19 and I’m just gonna be read verses 7 through 11 here, you got it this sale 19 versus 7 to 11. the law is good. It is a good thing.
I look at it as a bad thing. It’s a good thing for us today if it’s used correctly, the law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul, the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart, the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes, the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever, I rejoice over our unchanging God, the rules of the Lord are true and righteousness altogether more to be desired. Are they than gold, even much fine gold, sweeter also than honey and dripping of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned. In keeping them there is great reward if the thank you for the law that you’ve given it is good and this perfect it cannot save us. Jesus did that and yet it enlighten our eyes, it opens us to the truth about what is good, it allows us to meditate and find principles for your righteousness, I pray that you would help us to live in the Spirit, walk in the Spirit and by walking in the Spirit fulfill that right, your standard that you would have for your people to live out that so that they can be saved to a father but because of what Jesus has already done to save them, I pray that they would desire to live like your special people. Lord, thank you for this time we were able to spend today. praise you and rejoice in you we pray, ask these things in your precious name.