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The Royal - Book Two: Loyalty (Week 2)
Miles McPherson - July 18, 2010

Message Recap

Having completed the first “book” of the Royal, Warriors, we move on now to the second genre of the Bible, Old Testament Law. These Scriptures provide the laws that govern our relationships with God and with each other, therefore Pastor Miles has named this part of the series “Loyalty.”

As Moses delivers two million people from Egypt, God calls him to Mt. Sinai to give him the Ten Commandments, the instruction booklet from God to His people. In these Commandments, He introduces Himself to His people and makes a covenant with them. These laws set them apart from the rest of the world and label them as God’s own.

So today’s question is…do the Ten Commandments still apply to our lives?

So today’s question is…do the Ten Commandments still apply to our lives?

As we will discover in today’s message, some of the Old Testament law applies to us in letter and spirit; the actual law just as it is written applies to us, as well as the meaning behind it. Some Old Testment law applies only in spirit (which we will cover next week). Pastor Miles gave the basic guideline that if an Old Testament law is reinforced in the New Testament by Jesus or those writers who followed after Him (such as Jesus reinforcing the importance of the Ten Commandments), then we are to follow the letter and the spirit of the law.

Read: Exodus 20:1-17
Genre: Old Testament Law (read it like laws... laying the foundation for Christ)
Setting: Place: Mt Sinai Time – 3 months after the Exodus in 1440 BC
Key People: Author – Moses Audience – Israel
Drama: God needs to teach over 2 million freed slaves the standards of a loyal relationship with God.
  1. Read Exodus 20:2-3 - Have no other god.
    Reflect – Give nothing else credit for the hope in your life. Matthew 4:10
    When you have no other God, you acknowledge the one true God for everything good you have, even the strength you have to get through the bad. He is the only supreme being responsible for the talents, provisions, and blessings in your life.
    *Respond – Complete weekly devotional.
  2. Read Exodus 20:4-6 - Make no idol.
    Reflect – Create no image to represent God. Matthew 4:10, Romans 1:18-23,1 John 5:21
    *Respond – Complete weekly devotional.
    No physical image in your life should represent God. We don’t worship the creation, but the Creator. God made things so complex, organized, and fascinating that their awesomeness should point us to Him.
  3. Read Exodus 20:7 - Don’t take the Lord’s name in vain.
    Reflect – Don’t use curse words. Matthew 5:33-34, Ephesians 4:29
    *Respond – Complete weekly devotional.
    Beyond not using the Lord’s name inappropriately, we are instructed to have self-control over what we say, avoiding anything corrupt. Our tongues are made to praise, to encourage, to speak truth, and to build up!
  4. Read Exodus 20:8-11 - Remember the Sabbath.
    Reflect – Get some rest regularly. Mark 2:23-28
    *Respond – Complete weekly devotional.
    Jesus tells us not to get caught up on which day we rest, but to honor the commandment to get regular rest as God intended for our bodies, spirits, and minds. He instructs us that the Sabbath is made for man and we must make space in our lives to rejuvenate and rest in our busyness.
  5. Read Exodus 20:12 - Honor your Mother and Father.
    Reflect – Respect your elders. Matt 19:19, 15:4, Mark 7:10
    *Respond – Complete weekly devotional.
    Respect your elders. This doesn’t mean that our elders are always wiser, but God commands that we give them respect. See also Colossians 3:20 and 1 Timothy 5:1-3.
  6. Read Exodus 20:13 - You shall not murder.
    Reflect – Don’t harbor hatred in your heart. Matthew 19:18, 5:20-22
    *Respond – Complete weekly devotional.
    You may not have killed anyone, but as Jesus instructs, if you hate someone in your heart, you are guilty. Pray for God’s help; pray for the Spirit to replace your anger with love and patience. Be willing to go through a process of reconciliation.
  7. Read Exodus 20:14 - Don’t commit adultery.
    Reflect – Don’t lust. Matt 19:18, 5:27-30; 1 Cor 6:12-20, 1 Thess 4:3-4
    *Respond – Complete weekly devotional.
    Jesus says that if you lust, you have already committed adultery in your heart. By the spirit of the law as directed in the New Testament, we are commanded to do whatever is necessary to have righteous hearts.
  8. Read Exodus 20:15 - Don’t steal.
    Reflect – Respect the property of others. Matthew 19:18
    *Respond – Complete weekly devotional.
    The spirit of this law goes well beyond physical property. We are also called not to steal another’s reputation, credit, or ideas that don’t belong to us.
  9. Read Exodus 20:16 - Don’t bear false witness against your neighbor.
    Reflect – Don’t gossip. Matthew 19:18
    *Respond – Complete weekly devotional.
    Gossip is simply a means of pulling others down so that we can feel better about ourselves. If you feel great about yourself and are confident in God’s love for you, you will have more desire to bless, encourage, and edify others.
  10. Read Exodus 20:17 - Don’t covet.
    Reflect – Appreciate what you have. Mark 7:21-23, Ephesians 5:1-4, 1 Timothy 6:6
    *Respond – Complete weekly devotional.
    Everything we do that is evil, prideful, selfish, or hateful comes from our hearts. Something has to go into the heart to change the heart – that’s the Holy Spirit! The Holy Spirit allows us to have a healthy and thankful perspective, not wishing for what we don’t have.

*Homework for this week: Complete your weekly devotional.
God’s word is eternal, so all of this has relevance to you today! Reread the Ten Commandments and reflect what they mean to us today. Pray and decide how you will apply each one to your life today, where you live, in your current actions and relationships.

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