the Ten Introduction
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Exodus 20:3–20:17
Exodus 20:1-17 NIV
And God spoke all these words: "I am the lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. "You shall have no other gods before me. "You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. "You shall not misuse the name of the lord your God, for the lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the lord your God is giving you. "You shall not murder. "You shall not commit adultery. "You shall not steal. "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. "You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."
Purpose #1 of the TEN
The Ten Commandments EXPRESS God's character. We get a better sense of what God is like because these commandments reflect who He is. The TEN tell us that God is sovereign; that He’s just, holy, faithful, truthful, jealous (in a good sense), and loving.
Purpose #2 of the TEN
The Ten Commandments EXPOSE our need for Jesus and drive us to His gospel. In light of God's holiness and perfection, we can’t measure up to His righteousness. It’s not even close. It is impossible for us to keep Ten Commandments and the rest of God's moral law, both in our outward actions and in our inward motives. Yet despite our failure and desperation, Jesus lived a perfect life and died as a perfect sacrifice in our place so that His righteousness could become ours.
Matthew 5:21-22 NIV
"You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, 'Raca,' is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.
Matthew 5:27-28 NIV
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Matthew 5:17-18 NIV
"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
The Righteousness of Christ
"Before God, the righteousness of Christ is all we have. Before God, the righteousness of Christ is all we need." Pastor Tullian Tchividjian
Purpose #3 of the TEN
The Ten Commandments ENCOURAGE us as Christians to please God in everything we do. God uses moral direction in His Word as part of our sanctification process to make us more like Jesus.
Colossians 1:10 NIV
so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,