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October 29, 2018

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year

Text: Luke 12-13
Audio: Luke 12-13

You can use the audio Bible as a guide to help “set the pace” as you read along.

Memory Verse of the Week

“You shall have no other gods before me.”
(Exodus 20:3 ESV)

Exodus 20 (ESV)

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 slavery.

“You shall have no other gods before me.

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or 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 or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousandsof 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, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

13 “You shall not murder.

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

15 “You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

17 “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.”

18 Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off 19 and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.” 20 Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.” 21 The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.

22 And the Lord said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the people of Israel: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have talked with you from heaven. 23 You shall not make gods of silver to be with me, nor shall you make for yourselves gods of gold.24 An altar of earth you shall make for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen. In every place where I cause my name to be remembered I will come to you and bless you. 25 If you make me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stones, for if you wield your tool on it you profane it. 26 And you shall not go up by steps to my altar, that your nakedness be not exposed on it.’

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  1. Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin." Exodus 20:20

    The Ten Commandments

    There are many people, even some who profess faith in Christ and consider themselves Christians, who believe the Ten Commandments do not apply to us today because Jesus fulfilled the Law. 

    Jesus Himself said in Matthew 5:17, "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."

    If the Law has been fulfilled by Jesus, are people right that the Ten Commandments do not apply to us or that we are not commanded to obey them?

    Even if we isolate Matthew 5:17 by itself, this verse does not mean the Law has no significance in our lives. It also doesn't automatically mean since the Law has been fulfilled by Christ that we as His followers can disregard it.

    If we continue reading after Matthew 5:17, Jesus goes on to say, "For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."

    As we clearly see in Matthew 5:19, if anyone relaxes even one commandment (that we might feel is "least important" compared to the others), and teach others to do the same, we will called least in the kingdom of heaven. Who are greatest in the Kingdom? Only those who DO THEM and TEACH THEM – ALL OF THEM!

    This is why we should never "proof text" Bible verses where we separate a verse by itself and ignore the surrounding verses for context. We need to interpret each verse in the context of surrounding verse and the Bible as a whole and never build a belief system based on a single verse pulled out of context or our assumptions of what a verse might mean.

    Another verse which speak about the Law and its relation to Christians, the Apostle Paul writes in Romans 8:3-4, "For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit."

    The righteous requirements of the law – fulfilled IN us – who walk according to the Spirit (not according to the flesh)! 

    Jesus also said in John 14:23-24, "If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me."

    Obedience does not save us but if we're saved we obey. 

    We may not be SINLESS but if we're in Christ, we will SIN LESS! 

    Obedience to God and His Word should be as natural as loving our spouses and children (if we love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength). We will make mistakes but our goal is to make decisions that reflect our love and commitment to our loved ones. 

    We honor them with our attitudes and actions. We enjoy a closeness and a bond with them when we live for their benefit and their happiness. It brings us great joy to be in a relationship with them. We don't intentionally do things to hurt or harm them or our relationship with them. Our very lives are an expression of our love and appreciation for them.

    If our desire is to follow Christ, then what He said in Matthew 16:24 applies to us, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." 

    He also asked an incredibly penetrating question in Luke 6:46, "Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?"

    If we belong to God and Jesus is truly our Lord, we will obey even though we will fall short of perfection. When we do fall short, it should matter to us because it matters to God. He has promised to compete the work He started in us and part of the process is us falling down and Him picking us back up. The more we learn, the less we fall. The more we obey, the less ungodly things appeal to us.

    Paul writes in Philippians 1:6, "And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."

    Do you find obeying the Ten Commandments a natural outflow of your love for God or are they a burden?

    How has denying yourself, taking up your cross and following Jesus impact your life?

    Have you memorized the Ten Commandments?

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