All other loyalties and affections find their rightful places as we put God first in everything.
Scripture: Exodus 20:1-21
- We have the written Torah, the law of God, and the living Torah, the Lord Jesus Christ.
- God’s law is given to govern the activity of God’s people.
- Law in every culture is religious in origin. A change in law reflects a change in ultimate allegiance, a change of gods.
- The opposite of law is not grace but lawlessness; it is by grace that we are brought into obedience to God’s law.
- The Ten Commandments lie at the core of our civilization.
- For about 80 years we have been in revolt against biblical law, repealing its principles for public life.
- The law was never given as a means of salvation.
- It sets forth God’s righteous character and provides a standard of moral conduct for men and nations.
- Many who say they believe in God are not willing to submit their lives to God’s commandments. But the Sovereign Lord gives us Ten Commandments not Ten Suggestions.
- Despite technological advances, in every essential respect people and societies remain the same.
- The core problems are still guilt and shame and how to be free from sin and its consequences.
- People think that if something is old, then it is obsolete and irrelevant. They deny that God’s Laws are transcultural, transnational, and binding standards of conduct.
- In the name of freedom we have rejected God’s commands. Ironically, this leaves us in a moral vacuum without recourse against crime, oppression, and lawlessness.
- God’s law frees us from the tyranny of man’s coercion and man-made laws.
- Christ, the new Adam, kept the law, atoned for sin, and restores man to his original role of exercising dominion under God.
- Under the new covenant we are enabled by the Spirit to obey the law, not as the source of life, but as our way of life.
- The law of God is not simply a set of rules; it provides guidelines for a life of blessing under God.
- All other commandments are explanations of and expansions on the first commandment to put God first.
- Psalms, Proverbs, and the precepts of the New Testament are but applications and amplifications of the Ten Commandments. Case laws provide specific applications.
- We do not need a special word from God to make decisions in life. God’s Word declares what He requires.
- Our whole being is to be devoted to God our Saviour.
- God’s law is a sovereignly dictated charter which governs our inner and outer life (Deut. 6:4-10; Matt. 22:37).
- In entering into covenant with us, God renders us entirely dependent, so that He may draw us to Himself.
- The infinite God has entered into covenant with us, giving us His law, and writing it on our hearts as a path of blessing and delight.
- The first commandment forbids: ignorance of God, atheism (whether theoretical or practical), false gods, disobedience, self-will, defiance, and setting our hearts and minds on created things that eclipse God.
- We are enjoined to joyfully choose to act, think, meditate, desire, fear, adore, and love our God through the Lord Jesus.
- All other loyalties and affections find their rightful places as we put God first in everything.
- List competing gods idolized in our culture (cf. Phil 3:19).
- Are we honouring God’s will that He be first in everything?
- What is the role of God’s law in the life of the believer?
- Explain why law and liberty are not opposites.
- What is required and forbidden in the first commandment?