Gene Cunningham - June 9, 2000

Life of Moses #18

Blessing comes from utilizing provisions of God's grace. Mosaic Law follows the Abrahamic covenant by 430 years; the law entered because of transgression (Gal 3:17-19, Rom 5:20). Law of God (Rom 7:22, Psa 19:7) is the total revelation of God's standards; Law of Moses; Law of Christ (Rom 8:2, Jam 1:25) the Spirit enables us to do the things God would have us do. Law: (1) reveals God's Holiness (Deu 5:22); (2) given to reveal man's sinfulness; (3) given to separate the nation of Israel (Psa 147:19-20, Eph 2:11-17); (4) establishes set a standard of blessing based on obedience; (5) given to prepare the nation for the coming of Christ (Gal 3:24); (6) is a shadow of things to come (Heb 10:1). Law cannot: (1)justify (Rom 2:20-28); (2) law cannot provide righteousness (Gal 2:24); (3) law cannot bring perfection or sanctify (Heb 7:11-19, Heb 10:1-2); (4) law cannot bring peace to heart of man (Heb 9:9); (5) law cannot give life (Gal 3:21, 2Co 3); (6) cannot make us spiritual (Gal 3, Act 15). The ten commandments (Exo 20:1- 26). One represents unity (Exo 20:2-3) - "no other gods before Me" (Joh 4:24, 1Pe 3:15, Col 1:18). Satan violated this with his 5 "I wills". When God has His rightful place there is peace and harmony. Two is the number of witness - to God alone - no idols (1Co 10:20). Idolatry is disciplined by God for generations afterward (Exo 20:4-5). Two is used as a testimony of a true believer. If we love him we'll keep His commandments (Exo 20:6, Joh 14:23, Joh 15:10) Three is the number of the Trinity. "Name" is the reputation of God (Exo 20:7). We violate the third commandment when we call ourselves reverend or Christian(Psa 111:9, Mat 6:9). We are blessed by all three members. Four is the number of Earth (Exo 20:8-11) - remember the sabbath. It takes work to live (1Th 4:11, 2Th 3:10-12). Work builds character. Five is number of Grace - honor Father and Mother (Exo 20:12) - parents are a gift of Grace (Eph 6:2, Luk 2:52). Grace changes people. No one is transformed by hostility. Six is the number of man (Exo 20:13) - shall not murder (Gen 9:5-6, Mat 5:21-22). Seven means divine fulfillment (Exo 20:14) - do not commit adultery recognizes marraige as the foundation of society. Eight is the number of new beginning (Exo 20:15). When men regard the possessions and privacy of others it's a new beginning -- "love your neighbor..." not steal (Rom 13:8, Eph 4:28 - transformation of a thief to a giver). Nine is the number of human failing (e.g. 9 lepers walked away) (Exo 20:16). False witness causes the greatest devastation (i.e. slander, maligning, half-truth, and innuendo); we pass on things concerning others that are not edifying; that's false witness (Jam 3:1-18). Ten is the number of Divine rule (Exo 20:17, Rom 7:7). thou shalt not covet is putting self first and not allowing God His will; the pure in heart rests in what God provides (Mat 5:8, 1Ti 6:6-8). New Testament application: (1) "No other God" Col 1:18 - Christ preeminent in our life (1Pe 3:15); (2) No idols (Mat 6:33); (3) We are called by the Name of the Lord (Eph 4:1 - walk worthy); (4) Sabbath is not repeated in the N.T. (reason: it was a sign - Exo 31:13), but principle of moment by moment rest is (Heb 4:3, Heb 3:9-11); (5) Attitude to those in spiritual leadership (Eph 6:1-2, Heb 13:7-17); (6) Hatred to brothers (Joh 13:35, 1Jo 3:12); (7) Faithfulness in marraige, and to our Groom, Christ (1Co 7:1-40, 1Co 6:17-20); (8) we rob God of what is His due (1Co 6:20, 2Co 8:1-7); (9) false witness; we don't have a missionary zeal (Mat 28:18-20, Act 1:8); (10) Covet - If we are content, we won't covet (1Ti 6:6-8). Summary: We are empowered by the Spirit to excel the law; we're above it -- our standard is the life of Christ (Joh 1:17). Love for God and man summarizes the law (Rom 13:9). Challenge: Why do we study the Law? Danger is that we're willing to hear, but no intention to do (2Ti 3:5, 2Ti 3:7, Mat 15:8). We need to pray that God create a true thirst and hunger for righteousness (Mat 5:6). Illumination without transformation is evidence of betrayal, disloyalty, and insubordination to Christ. We need to unconditionally surrender; obedience is the fruit of loving Him.

Scripture References: Exodus 20:17, Galatians 3:24, Exodus 20:8-11, Exodus 31:13, Hebrews 9:9, Romans 7:22, Matthew 5:21-22, John 3:12, Exodus 20:4-5, James 3:1-18, Ephesians 2:11-17, Matthew 5:6, Matthew 6:9, Ephesians 4:1, Hebrews 10:1-2, Romans 5:20, Genesis 9:5-6, John 13:35, Colossians 1:18, Exodus 20:16, Psalms 147:19-20, Matthew 15:8, Psalms 111:9, Matthew 6:33, Hebrews 7:11-19, Galatians 3:17-19, Exodus 20:13, Hebrews 13:7-17, John 4:24, Ephesians 4:28, Deuteronomy 5:22, Romans 13:9, Exodus 20:7, Colossians 1:18, Galatians 2:24, Luke 2:52, Ephesians 6:1-2, Exodus 20:2-3, James 1:25, Romans 13:8, John 1:17, John 15:10, Matthew 5:8, Romans 2:20-28, Ephesians 6:2, Hebrews 3:9-11, Exodus 20:1, Romans 8:2, Exodus 20:15, Acts 1:8, John 14:23, Romans 7:7, Hebrews 10:1, Exodus 20:12, Hebrews 4:3, Galatians 3:21, Psalms 19:7, Exodus 20:14, Matthew 28:18-20, Exodus 20:6

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