Faith Time: The Ten Commandments

Faith Time

Joining us this morning is Pastor Sam Sinclair with Cloverleaf Baptist Church in Mobile. Here’s a look at our conversation:

Chad:
  We wanted to talk about the Ten Commandments–a topic your currently preaching on–they are both familiar and misunderstood.  How do you feel they can be misunderstood?

Guest: 
That’s a great question. For some, they’re little more than some ancient law code that no longer applies to people living in 2018. 

But for most people, it’s easy to see the Ten Commandments as a set of rules that we follow to make us right with God. We see them as just addressing the behavior. In Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount, He clarified what God intended when He gave them. It’s not enough to just avoid murder, for example. We must avoid the very attitudes that lead to murder-anger, bitterness, and un-forgiveness. But it goes further than that: He calls us to positive obedience. It’s not enough to just avoid murder, we must positively love our neighbor. 

So what we find is that the Ten Commandments set an unattainably high standard, one that shows us our guilt before a holy God and leaves us in desperate need of forgiveness. 

Chad: 
What commandment do you think is most misconstrued by modern Christians?

Guest: 
In a sense, all of them. But as far as a specific commandment, none has generated more disagreement than the one I’ll be teaching on today at 11:00 am: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Does this apply to Christians today? Am I breaking this Law by giving this interview on Sunday? What this command shows us is that we need rest-not just physical rest, but spiritual rest. We’ve got to stop living our lives working to earn God’s favor and instead we must rest in Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection for us to rescue and forgive us. 

Chad: 
What was the significance of God codifying the law for his people?      

Guest: 
I don’t know about you, but I can’t remember anything unless it’s written down somewhere. By writing down these Ten Commandments in stone, God is showing us the permanence of His moral code. It reminds us that the God of the Bible is not silent but has spoken to us. More than anything, it shows us a God who is actively reaching out to a broken world and inviting us to know and worship Him. 

Chad:
 How are these simple rules still applicable today?       

Guest: 
They show us how to flourish in our world as we live out love for God and each other. The reality is that we’ll only be able to do that if our hearts change-something that happens when we believe the gospel of Jesus Christ. The proof that we’ve been forgiven is that we’ll begin a lifelong journey of loving God and loving our neighbors. 

Chad: 
What commandment do you feel should be valued above others? 

Guest: 
Jesus was once asked by an expert in the Old Testament Law which commandment was the greatest. He responded by saying, “Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself.” These two commandments lie behind the Ten Commandments. The first four deal with our relationship with God; the last six shows us how to love our neighbors. You can’t love your neighbor while stealing from him or slandering him. In fact, every wrong in society would be dealt with if our hearts would be changed so that we could love people like that. 

So at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about: entering into a love relationship with the Creator of the Universe through Jesus Christ and then actively loving our neighbors. 

Chad:
 What’s the most important lesson in the commandments?    

Guest: 
The Ten Commandments show that we need forgiveness. We’ve all told lies and thus are lawbreakers. We’ve treasured other things more than God. Someday, we’ll all stand before the Lawgiver and Judge to answer for our crimes. Without question, every person on the planet is guilty. But in God’s kindness, He sent His only Son who paid the penalty for our lawbreaking on the cross. Because He became our substitute, anyone who repents and believes in Him will be forgiven and transformed. 

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