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September 24, 2015, 1:36 PM

10 Commandments Intro.



The last two weeks we have dealt with the issues of Sin and Obedience. What we decided was that both are issues of the heart. In James chapter one, we see sin because we are drawn away by the desire that are in our heart. In short; we don't sin because we are tempted, but rather we are tempted because we are sinful human beings. Then we looked at the fall of King Saul and decided that God desires something from us that we are often unwilling to give Him. That something is our full and complete obedience. 

We started with those two issues in order to prepare us to take an in-depth look at the 10 Commandments. Before we could start with the 10 Commandments, we needed to remember that the goal of the Bible is not to get us to follow the all the rules. But rather, we must realize that the rules serve to point out that we have a deeper issue. The 10 Commandments serve as a flashing neon sign signaling our soul that sin is a heart problem, not a discipline problem. If sin were a discipline problem, then the 10 Commandments and the Mosaic Law would have worked. If sin were a discipline problem, then there would have been no need for Jesus and the Cross. 

Sin is not an issue that can be solved with more or better discipline. This is the path that the Pharisees were taking in the New Testament. If we are not careful, it is the path that we will begin to wonder down. Sin is a disease of the heart that can only be cured by God's saving grace.

As we look at the 10 Commandments, we must make sure that we keep them in the proper context.  These are not God's rules that save us. They are however the foundation of our obedience to God. They have great application to our life today. They probably have a deeper application than we usually realize. 

We are not going through the 10 commandments so that we can better learn how to make God happy. We are going through the 10 Commandments so that we can better understand how God wants us to love Him and love others. We are going through the 10 Commandments so that we can better understand how they apply to our safety, peace, and joy. Perhaps most importantly, as we go through the 10 Commandments we should gain a greater understanding of how far we fall short of God's glory and we should gain a greater understanding of our dependence on His grace. 

My hope and prayer is that our journey through the 10 Commandments will grow our worship and service of our great God. 


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