Our sermon series God's 10 Love Commandments continues today with Riley Bertram speaking on Commandment No. 5 The Family Rule Exodus 20:12.
Love Commandment No 6 - The Felony Rule Exodus 20:13 - Bill Tyrie
Yesterday Bill spoke on the 6th Commandment “You shall not kill” He linked this commandment with what Jesus taught about anger and anger words to others being the same as murder. So much in what we do and say needs to be under the control of the Holy Spirit. Before lashing out, we need to consider why we are so angry. It may be our own problem which needs to be dealt with by the power of the Holy Spirit. We need to confess and own our anger before the Lord and seek his healing and forgiveness.
Bill Tyrie spoke on God's Love Commandment No 4: The Frailty Rule. Exodus 20:8-11
The Second commandment “The Focus Rule” where it says in Exodus 20: 4-5, “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above, earth beneath, or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them, or worship them.”
As with the first commandment it was important for God to clearly state this second particular rule as the nations that surrounded Israel worshiped images of their many gods. Therefore God wanted Israel to solely focus on Him and His spoken words, not gazing at distorted images. By doing so they would be able to live in harmony with Him and be a blessed nation.
Sadly for Israel the Old Testament records examples of them struggling with the second commandment, in particular where they made and worshiped a golden calf, as recorded in Exodus chapter thirty two.
Today our world has created various distorted images and understandings of how they view God, but the Bible reminds us in Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Reading and reflecting over scripture is a powerful way to feed our minds and keep us focused on God and his spoken words.
Over the next few weeks we are looking over the Ten Commandments that God gave Moses, that are recorded in Exodus Chapter Twenty. Last Sunday looked at the first commandment “The Fundamental Rule - You shall have no other gods before me.”
Pastor Leighton Boyd, our MarionLIFE Director, provided an Overview Message for our new preaching series that will explore the Ten Commandments.
Leighton shared from Exodus Chapter Twenty. He reminded us that our God is a Holy God; the resounding feature that came through when God spoke to the people of Israel. He certainly got their attention as he read out the Ten Commandments they were to now follow and because we serve a Holy God, our conduct and our words matter to God. We are to be seen as different from those in the world, who do not follow or acknowledge God in their lives. Leighton urged us to think about how we can honour of God in our actions and words as we start our new week. He highlighted the many moving and powerful ways that MarionLIFE honour God, as they serve the people in our neighbouring community.