“The Ten Commandments”
Introduction: A little 5 year old girl was having a troubled-filled day, arguing back and forth with her mother. Finally, her mother in exasperation said, “Jenny, I want you to sit in the corner right now! And don’t you get up until I tell you to!” Little Jenny went over to the corner and sat down a few minutes, and as she thought about it, she yelled out to her mother, “Mom, I’m sitting down on the outside, but I am standing up on the inside! Is that okay?” Everyone of us has a “I’m-standing-up-on-the-inside” nature. Everyone of us wants to buck authority and resist the rules. That is why we have trouble with the Ten Commandments. We view God as a Judge and a cosmic killjoy. When we think of the Ten Commandments we probably think next of Charlton Heston. In this sermon I hope we see the
Ten Commandments in an entirely new way.
[read Exodus 19:1 and do a brief review. God revealed himself as “I am that I am” and with mighty power brought the new nation out of Egyptian slavery into
freedom. God’s plan is to be with us. God wants to be with his people.]
Main Idea: The Big Idea of the whole Story is God’s declaration, “I want to come down and dwell with you.” God continues to say in effect, “For me to live with you, three things must be worked out.”
I. God gives guidelines for how we treat God and each other. Exodus 20:1-7
The Ten Commandments
A. God wants a community of love that reflects the relationships of the Trinity.
B. The Ten Commandments shape the community of love.
1. Commandments 1-4 guide how we treat God.
Vertical relationship [briefly state each command]
2. Commandments 5-10 guide how we treat other people.
Horizontal relationships [briefly state each command]
C. Our sin nature resists God’s guidelines.
1. While Moses was away getting the 10 Commandments Aaron built a golden calf and the people worshiped it.
2. God will not be with rebellious people. Moses interceded so that God would not wipe out his rebellious people. Exodus 32:22-23
II. God desires a place to dwell among us. Exodus 25
A. God gave specific directions for the making of the Tabernacle.
1. God would dwell in the “Most Holy Place” and no one could
see God’s face.
2. Only the High Priest could enter the Most Holy Place once a year on behalf of the people.
B. The Tabernacle was portable tent. God would guide his people with a
moving cloud during the day and by a column of fire at night.
III. God requires that sin be atoned for (covered) by shedding of blood.
The Book of Leviticus
A. The sin nature is the main thing that keeps us separated from God. Each one of us has a sin nature. Sin must be dealt with, covered, atoned for.
B. The sacrificing of animals becomes institutionalized in the priestly sacrificial system so that sin could be constantly atoned for (covered).
C. The new nation needed their sins covered so that God could dwell with them. The rebellion of the golden calf, the intercession of Moses, and
the gracious forgiveness of God made it possible for God to dwell with his people. Exodus 33:14-16, see summary on page 56 of The Story.