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10 Commandments
Miles McPherson - November 21, 2004

Message Recap

Today was the first Sunday the Rock met in their beautiful new facility on Ruffin Road. This Sunday was also np3 Sunday. The Rock website is available to keep updated with the status of giving towards the new building. Pastor Miles encouraged us to continue in our commitment of giving towards np3.

Always be…

We cannot get comfortable with the blessings in our lives, and become lax in how we live. We ought to live lives serving and honoring the Lord. Pastor Miles opened his message this Sunday talking about how meeting with the Chargers the week before, and seeing a Pop Warner football game over the weekend, has reminded him of what a stressful job coaching is. One of the coaches of the Chargers has two rules for his job and his players. They are to always be on time, and always be prepared.

When we live this way in our jobs, in our attitude towards school, or just our daily tasks, our whole experience would be different. These are just two rules we ought to abide by in our daily lives, and we could see our lives transform as we adopt and practice these rules. God has ten rules that outline the foundation of moral principles for our lives today.

History of the Ten Commandments

God is the author of the Ten Commandments, and He issued them to Moses on the top of Mount Sinai. The Ten Commandments were written on two sides of stone tablets, which symbolized the completeness of the Commandments. The Ten Commandments rest in the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies. The Ten Commandments were delivered twice because the first time Moses had dropped and shattered the Ten Commandments in anger because of the golden calf incident.

God and People

There are two beings we can have a relationships with and they are God and people. This is the basis of the Ten Commandments. The first four Commandments focus on our relationship with God, and the last six focus on our relationship with people.

Commandments regarding our Relationship with God

Exodus 20:1-10 states, And God spoke all these words, saying: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image — 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; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. 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. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God.

We cannot define God; we can only describe Him
What do we learn from these commandments? God is one. He is the only God to be worshipped. Often times we get caught up in this life, and we worship money, work, family, success, or whatever it may be. Instead we are commanded to worship God and Him alone. We are not to limit Him and make ourselves an image to worship Him by, or an image to worship alone. We must worship Him because He is Spirit and truth. We cannot define God; we can only describe Him, as we worship Him.

We are not to take the Lord’s Name in vain so we must respect it. His Name is His character, not just a title. We must also worship Him regularly. God instituted the Sabbath after He created the world, and He commands us to honor it.

Genesis 1:31-2:2 states, then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work, which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work, which He had done. We must keep the Sabbath. God modeled it for us and we must honor it.

Commandments in our Relationship with People

There are six things God commands us to honor regarding our relationships with one another. We are to honor our parents, human life, the marriage covenant, the property of others, the character of others and, our own emotional boundaries.

Exodus 20:12-17 states, Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 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.

Our society does not honor many of the things God calls us as followers of Him to honor. However, on our own we cannot live to the standard these commandments require.

Surrender All to Jesus

The commandments are limited in that they cannot change our hearts.
The purpose of the commandments were not to perfect us, but lead us to repentance, revealed in the fact that we alone cannot fulfill what the commandments require of us. The commandments are limited in that they cannot change our hearts. However, because God is not limited, He sent His Son Jesus to fulfill the commandments. Jesus transforms our hearts, giving us faith, to guide us in living a life that honors His commandments.

We also see that Jesus affirms the validity of the commandments in that He takes them to a whole other level. Exodus 20:14 states, you shall not commit adultery. However, Jesus says in Matthew 5:28-30, But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. Jesus calls us above and beyond the original duty, but He also gives us the strength and faith we need to do so.

We must surrender our lives to Christ and let Him change our hearts. He transforms us to live in a way that honors His commandments when our lives are fully His.

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