10 Alive Recap

Friends,

Sunday we discussed the ten commandments. Our text was Exodus chapter twenty.

Why did God give the people the ten commandments?

Julie said that the commandments further established that the Israelite’s were to be different from other nations. They were God’s people and they were given God’s law.

Jack said that there was an individual as well corporate reason for the ten commandments. The commandments “set us up to fail.” We can never meet the requirements of the law, therefore, the law convicts us.

Debbie added that the law is perfect just as God is perfect. It demonstrates God’s righteousness. If we want to abide with Him then we must be perfect.

Immediately after giving the ten commandments the Lord instructs the people to construct an alter on which they can make offerings to God. The Lord is telling the people that He knows they wont be able to keep the law.  He provides the people a way to be forgiven. He is also teaching a truth that wont be completely understood until the crucifixion. “Without the shedding of blood there can be no forgiveness of sin.” The blood of an innocent will pay the peoples sin debt and make them right with God.

Why did the people want Moses to speak to God for them?

They were afraid. They were exposed to the glory and the power of God and it made them fearful.

We agreed that the more we grow in faith the more we become aware of our own sinfulness and the awesome righteousness of God.

Next week Exodus chapter twenty-one. Consider the following questions:

1) What is your impression of the laws regarding slavery? Is God condoning slavery?

2) Does the law of an ‘eye for an eye’ still apply?

3) Why did the people need so many and such detailed laws?

See you Sunday.

John

2 responses to “10 Alive Recap”

  1. Chris says:

    I noticed that God was in “thick darkeness”
    Usually God represents light, is a bright light…
    This struck me as odd.
    Other thoughts?
    Chris

  2. John Miles says:

    I had not picked up on this.

    You are correct that God is depicted as light. There are instances where God speaks from a cloud – the mount of transfiguration. God also lead the people during the day as a cloud. In those instances He was trying to comfort or communicate with us.

    What do others think?