Exodus 20:1-2 1 Then God spoke all these words, saying, 2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
The law includes teaching, instruction, and revelation and taught the Israelites how to live as His holy people. The Israelites were to live out the moral principles laid down in the Ten Commandments, not to earn salvation but, to experience meaningful lives that belong to the Lord.
V.1 said the Ten Commandments came from God. God identified Himself and established His authority to give the Ten Commandments. The Hebrew term translated God is “elohim”, a plural term for deity. This may indicate God’s triune nature.
V.2 God began by identifying Himself as the Lord. The name denotes God as the self-existent God who acts independently of outside influences. AA As the Lord, God has the authority to define how His people should live to exhibit His character in the world. The Lord further introduced Himself as the Redeemer, the One who had brought the Israelite people out of slavery. Remembering what the Lord had done for them should motivate people to demonstrate love for Him by obeying His commands. Jesus told His disciples something similar, “If you love Me, you will keep my commands” A
I will never forget when I heard and applied this verse in my life the first time. In 1967 Dr. Homer Lindsay Jr. used this verse in a Wednesday night sermon as he passed through Jacksonville. Unfortunately for many years I applied the verse legally “You will keep my commandments to prove you love Me.” Finally, I realized there is a huge difference between that version and the true meaning “by My grace you love Me, therefore you will keep My commands.”
Any love I have came from God; “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” B and “… His commandments are not burdensome.” C What a difference it made in my life when by grace I persevere to keep His commandments because I love Jesus.
We attempt to make God in our image rather than remembering we are made in His image to keep His commandments.
Henry Luke 10/14/2017
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