TEACHER: Ken Hicks
SCRIPTURES: Exodus 20:1-3
BOTTOM LINE: Life In-Christ is founded on the principal that God is FIRST in our life! This is the FOUNDATION!
QUESTION: What other things/people/jobs/kids/etc… are we allowing to be FIRST in our life instead of Jesus?
How many of the blanks you can fill in below w/ a word or phrase even that might summarize each commandment?
- 1stCommandment –
- 2ndCommandment –
- 3rdCommandment –
- 4thCommandment –
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- 9thCommandment –
- 10thCommandment –
Even as Christians, we’re not under the LAW are we? And again … I remember learning The 10 Commandments, and I’m not at all making light or less of the OT. But, since Jesus fulfilled the Law… why spend this kind of time and energy?
And really quickly … maybe here’s why …
- They Provide an Objective Standard of Right & Wrong.
- THEY REGULATE CHRISTIAN BEHAVIOR
- THEY SERVE as a COMPASS for LIFE IN-CHRIST.
The Beatitude Commandments
Here’s another way of looking at this … what if we turned The 10 Commandments into Beatitudes? They’d look something like this:
Blessed are they who put God first,
Blessed are they who need No Substitutes.
Blessed are they who honor God’s Name,
Blessed are they who honor God’s day.
Blessed are they who honor their parents.
Blessed are they who value life,
Blessed are they who keep their marriage vows.
Blessed are they who respect the property of others,
Blessed are they who love the Truth.
Blessed are they who learn the art of Contentment.
- They give is us absolute Standard!
- They help shape the direction of our life In-Christ!
- They serve as a Compass to experiencing the fullness of life In-Christ.
SO … with that said … let’s look at The 1stCommandment …
Exodus 20:1-3 …“And God spoke ALL these words: 2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before me.”
God MUST BE FIRST! That’s where we begin …Joy Davidmanputs it this way in her writing: Whatever we desire, whatever we love, whatever we find worth suffering for, will be Dead Sea fruit in our moths unless we remember that God comes FIRST.
So what does this mean for us in a practical sense?
ONE … LOYALTY!
TWO … HONESTY!
THREE … REPENTANCE!
FOUR … COURAGE!
If we’re not careful, we can take these words lightly. However when God says No other Gods … He means it!
EXCLUSIVE? YUP … not from the Lens that we’re a Country Club not open to others … but in the Lens that God desires an exclusive Relationship w/ each of us!
Can I just say … I truly believe we NEED The 10 Commandments … because we have drifted a LONG way from God’s design for life … and because the Driftis Personal… the Return has to be Personal too!
And that return begins w/a personal declaration to put God FIRST … in everything in our lives!
When we view our lives thru the Lens of The 1stCommandment… we just can’t help but be driven to the cross of Jesus!