More Than 10 Rules: The Goodness Of God’s Commands

Unlock The Keys To Understanding God's Commands

Eric Estes
May 5, 2024    38m
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Have you ever felt confused or intimidated when trying to understand God's commands? Rather than outdated rules, this eye-opening message reveals how understanding God's commands actually leads to freedom, confronts our comfort zones, and ultimately points us to Christ. Explore the timeless yet timely nature of the Ten Commandments and see how Jesus affirmed and embodied them perfectly. Discover how understanding God's commands moves us from fear to faith, gratitude for the cross, and a desire to delight in living according to God's holiness. Video recorded at Grapevine, Texas.

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Eric Estes: [00:00:07] Well, good morning. Today is May the 5th, which means several different things. First of all, it means May 4th is over. And I don't know about you all, I like Star Wars, but I got a little burned out by the jokes yesterday. I went to my son's college graduation, and they wore it out. So we're on May 5th today, so happy Cinco de Mayo. But it also means that we're starting a brand-new series today. So, today, and for the next ten weeks after this, we're going to be talking about the Ten Commandments. And we're going to dive in and really try to understand, this really, really famous, probably the most famous religious text, out there, right, is the Ten Commandments. And, really trying to understand what does it mean, how do we use this? What does it look like? How does it play out in our lives?

Eric Estes: [00:00:52] And the Ten Commandments, let me just ask you a question, what do you think of, what comes to mind when we say Ten Commandments? The first, what was it? Lightning and thunder. Okay, good. Rules, protection, yeah. You can kind of, just even hearing some of those responses, it is a lot of different things. For some people it brings up thinking of just the stone tablets. For some people, they think of a punch line from a movie, right? There are several different movies about it. For some people, they think of more of a political statement because they've been removed from different government offices. For some people, the Ten Commandments brings up comfort. For some, it brings condemnation. For some, it brings conflict. There's a whole range of things that come up when we talk about the Ten Commandments.

Eric Estes: [00:01:41] And one of the things, as we're looking at the Ten Commandments, that we need to be careful of is because it's so famous, because it's so familiar, sometimes we can just kind of graze right past it. And so today, and really for the next several weeks, we're going to go deeper into these ten commandments and see the depth that's really there in these incredible commands that God has given us.

Eric Estes: [00:02:04] Let's just kind of do an experiment here to see where we are, okay? We're going to do a pop quiz, are you ready for that? So here's what I want you to do, I want everybody to grab one of the little pieces of paper in front of you and a pen, or you can do it on your phone, or whatever, and here's what I want you to do. I want you to see how many of the Ten Commandments you can list in one minute. Okay? You don't have to list the whole thing, just one key word and see how many of them you can get. Okay? I'm going to start the timer with one minute and see what you can do. Everybody list as many of the Ten Commandments as can. Go. I see some people writing furiously. I see some people staring into space. All right, wow, a minute's a long time of silence, isn't it? All right, ten more seconds. All right, was anybody able to get all ten of them? Anybody? I bet if I were to give you a little more time. How about nine, did anybody get nine? A few, okay. Did anybody get 11? All right, sometimes we make up our own. So the purpose of that is to show you we probably aren't, it was harder than we thought, right, to come up with them all. We're probably not as familiar with the Ten Commandments as we might think we are, even though we've heard it and engaged with it over and over again.

Eric Estes: [00:04:09] So today, and really for this series, we're going to dive deeper and we're going to look at these ten commandments as we look at it. And we're going to engage with a lot of questions today, there's a lot of questions around this. For people who maybe are skeptical, they tend to think, well, this is just another set of religious rules, right? For some, people think, well, this is really just, you know, we have to do these things to earn our favor with God. Right? For others, it raises the question, as Christians, do we even still follow these Ten Commandments? Because that's the Old Testament, right, and we know there's a lot of things in the Old Testament that we don't follow. So what do we do with the Ten Commandments? How do we use the Ten Commandments? How do they impact our lives? And how do we apply these?

Eric Estes: [00:04:49] So we're going to wrestle with all that today, and here's what I want us to see. I want us to see first, mainly, that the Ten Commandments, God's commands are good. If we walk out of here today, I want us to walk out of here seeing that they are good. And then we're going to make four observations about the Ten Commandments that are going to help us to see why they're good. The first thing we're going to see is that they bring freedom, not bondage. Contrary to what most people think that rules keep us restrained, but they actually bring freedom. Secondly, we're going to see that they are timeless yet timely, they are for us today. We're going to also see that they confront our comfort. And then finally we'll see that they move us from fear to faith. Okay, those are the four things. Four observations we're going to make about the Ten Commandments as we dive in.

Eric Estes: [00:05:41] We're going to start in Exodus 20, verses 1 and 2. And then we're going to go to several other places in Scripture to look at a holistic picture of what does Scripture say about these ten Commandments. So here we go, Exodus 20, verse 1, and the first thing we're going to see is that we see freedom, not bondage. And if you are human, which most of us are, right? We don't like rules, and most of the time when we think of the Ten Commandments, we think of rules. But what we're going to see is that in the context of when it was given, that these rules, these commands actually bring freedom, not take it away. So Exodus 20, verse 1 says, this says, "And God spoke all these words, saying, I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and out of the house of slavery."

Eric Estes: [00:06:32] A couple of things I want to point out here. First of all, let's just state the obvious, these are God-given, right? These aren't man-made rules or laws or anything else that these came directly from God. And they're good, they reflect His character, and we'll talk a little bit more about that. But the second thing I want us to see is that in the context that these were given, by the way, this is said right before the Ten Commandments are given, because they start right after here, you shall have boom, boom, boom. But the context is that of freedom, not bondage, not slavery. So if you kind of think about when this happened in history, for 400 years, God's people were enslaved in Egypt. They called out to him, and God rescued them and pulled them out of there. And then as they're leaving there, as he's taking him to the promised Land, they have a stop at Mount Sinai, and God gives them the Ten Commandments. Okay, so here's another quiz. This is an easy one. Which came first? Did God rescue them first, or did he give them the commands first? He rescued him. Y'all, that's really, really important to understand the context in which these were given because most people don't get that. Because he rescued them based on nothing that they did and then gave them the commands. He could have said, hey, do these ten things and once you get them right, then I'll rescue you. But that's not what he did. Instead, he, for nothing, for no reason, nothing that they did, he rescued them and then said, now here's how to live. Here's how to live my way. Here's how to live in this new land. Here's how to live in a way that you will thrive where I'm taking you. So the Ten Commandments, the context is in freedom.

Eric Estes: [00:08:21] And by the way, this pattern of grace is something we see all throughout Scripture. If you go rewind a little bit, even before those 400 years, we see that Abraham was a pagan in a pagan land, and God rescued him, brought him out, and said, I'm going to make of you a mighty people based on nothing Abraham did. We go to Exodus, and we go to the Ten Commandments, God pulled them out based on nothing they did and then gave them these.

Eric Estes: [00:08:54] Fast forward a few hundred more years and we see King David. God chose him not because he was the strongest, not because he did everything right, he chose him and said, I'm going to make from you, and I'm going to let you lead a mighty kingdom. And then a thousand years later, the person of Jesus. God didn't wait till we had it all together, we were a mess and God sent his Son Jesus to live the perfect life, to die on a Roman cross, taking the punishment that we deserve and making us right with him. It is a pattern of grace we see all throughout, and the commands that are given happen in the context of a pattern of grace.

Eric Estes: [00:09:39] So why did he give us the commands, or why did he give them the commands? In Exodus 19 we have a little bit that tells us that. So a little bit before this, in Exodus 19:4 God says, "You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; 6and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation." So he gives his commands to these people and says, obey them so that it goes well for you. You will be my representative in this other land. And when we look at the Ten Commandments, that's really what we see, that there is freedom in the Ten Commandments.

Eric Estes: [00:10:32] If we kind of just took a summary of all ten of them. So if you're kind of checking your work, here's the answer. But as we look at the Ten Commandments, everybody is going, oh, that's the one I missed. But as we look at this, we can see that this is just a good way to live. You can see why they would thrive in the land following this, both as individuals and as a society. We know that when we don't murder, things go better, right? When we don't steal, things go better. When we're faithful, when we honor authority, all of those things, things go better. So God's giving them these ten commands, and in a lot of ways they function as guardrails. Everybody's familiar with guardrails and how they work. And nobody would say that guardrails limit our freedom, right? They actually give us the freedom to travel there without worrying about going off the road.

Eric Estes: [00:11:29] My wife and I and some friends were in Hawaii, several years ago, and we were doing The Road to Hana. Many of you all might have driven the road to Hana, it's a beautiful drive, but it's a really narrow road and on one side, there's just, you know, cliffs, thousand-foot cliffs that go down to the ocean. And as we were making one of the turns, we kind of caught something out of the corner of our eye, and we looked back and a car behind us had gone off the edge. Like, oh no. So we stopped, and we ran out, and we were just expecting the worst as we looked over the edge, it was incredible. Only by God's grace, there was a tree that was sticking out of the side of the cliff, and the car was caught on a couple of these trees. And so it was about ten feet down, we were able to reach down and pick the guy up out of the convertible. So we're able to pick him out of the top of the convertible and pull him out. He was a foreign exchange student from China, and he, I guess, didn't know how to drive or whatever else, and I was trying to pass or something and fell off there. And so for two hours, we drove him back to town, and for two we told him about Jesus for two hours, and he was really open to hearing about Jesus at that point. But if you ask that guy, hey, would guardrails be restrictive for you? Would they hinder your ability to thrive? He would say no, guardrails are a good thing, right? And God's commands are a good thing, they teach us how to live in accordance with the way God created the world. He created it, and he gave us these to say, here's how things tend to work better. So god's commands are good, they bring freedom, not bondage.

Eric Estes: [00:13:13] Well, that raises another question, are they for us today? Do they apply to us today? Because they were given in the Old Testament, and we even heard the context, they were given to God's people as they were being let out of Egypt. So do they apply to us today? Because there are a lot of Old Testament laws that we don't follow, right? We don't stone adulterers anymore. We don't practice animal sacrifices. I enjoy a pulled pork sandwich, right? There are lots of things that we do that don't necessarily follow those Old Testament things. So what's so special about these? Why would we follow these particular laws?

Eric Estes: [00:13:54] Well, to understand that, to understand that they're timeless yet timely, we need to understand kind of how the law functions in the Old Testament. You know, God gave all these different laws in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, and most people put them in three different categories.

Eric Estes: [00:14:13] So when we look at God's laws, we can put them, we can say some of these laws are civil laws. And what that means is that they were given to God's people in how to govern themselves in that particular period of time, right? So these are laws like, you know, how they were to go about their day-to-day business, how the criminal proceedings were to work in that culture, how they were to do those pieces to it, right? Those are all the different types of civil laws. And then as Jesus comes onto the scene and as Christians are scattered into various countries, we're told now to follow the laws of the country that we live in, as long as they don't conflict with God's laws. Right? So we're not under the civil laws anymore, those don't apply to us.

Eric Estes: [00:14:59] There was another type of law given in the Old Testament, and there are ceremonial laws. These are all the sacrifices, kind of the temple, the way it was constructed, all of those kinds of ceremonial type laws. And the reason we don't follow those laws is because they were all pointing to something coming in the future for them. That was Jesus, right? The sacrifices were pointing to Jesus as the ultimate sacrifice, the ultimate atonement for our sins. So we don't practice those kinds of things because it would be silly because Jesus already fulfilled them. He's the ultimate sacrifice, and we don't need to make sacrifices because he did it for us. So we don't practice the ceremonial laws either.

Eric Estes: [00:15:44] That leaves one more type of law, it's called the moral laws. And the moral laws would be, the Ten Commandments would be a great example of the moral law, these are things that are true of all people, at all times because they reflect God's nature and character. If you look at each of these laws, you can kind of see that. As a matter of fact, that's why we follow these laws. So we do not steal just because God says so, we don't steal because God is a God of honesty. We don't not lie just because God says so, we don't lie because God is a God of truth. We don't murder because God values life. We don't commit adultery because God is faithful. We don't covet because God provides, he's a provider for us. We honor our parents because God values authority and structure. All of these things point to a particular aspect of God's character, and we follow them because they reflect his holiness.

Eric Estes: [00:16:51] They function a lot like this mirror right here. If I were to take this and lay it on the ground on a sunny day and there were some clouds in the sky, I would see the outline of the clouds, I would see the shape of the cloud, I would see the character of the clouds; I could learn something about the clouds by looking at the reflection in the mirror. And when we look at God's law, we can learn something about God, we can see him. And that's why we follow God's law, that's why we follow the commands. And you might ask the question, okay, I get that, but how do we know that these are moral laws? Like, how do we make that distinction in the Old Testament? Well, a lot of times the context will kind of lead us to what type of law it is. But there's another way, there's a surefire, easy way, we want to ask the question, What do Jesus, and the New Testament writers, what do they do with these commands? And what we see in Jesus is with all ten of these commands, Jesus either assumes, he affirms, or he amplifies them. And some, really one, the Sabbath, he doesn't tell us directly that we are to continue on the Sabbath, but he assumes it. Because he says, in Mark 2 he says, I am Lord of the Sabbath, and he says that the Sabbath was made for man. So it was made for us, and there was an expectation there that we would continue to honor that. In many others, he affirms them. Just about every other one, he at least affirms it by saying, if you remember, at one point, someone came up to Jesus and asked him...It was the rich young man, and he said, Jesus, what do I need to do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus, you know, starts off with, well, have you followed the law? And then he gives five examples of the law, and he quotes five different commands. So he affirms those, that we're to continue living those out. And then in some cases, he actually amplifies them. There are a few places in Scripture where he says, you've heard it said, but I tell you blank. There's a more full explanation of this, it's not just about checking the box, and we'll talk about that some more in a minute.

Eric Estes: [00:19:07] So what we see with all of these is that Jesus in the New Testament writers affirmed and said that these are what we want to continue doing. So the Ten Commandments are still very timeless, yet timely, which means they are for us. Okay, so we're going to pause, we've seen two things. So far, we've seen that God's commands bring freedom, not bondage. And that they are timeless, yet timely. Then the next thing we're going to see is that they confront our comfort. So when we look at God's commands here, especially if someone has maybe grown up in church, sometimes it brings up some nostalgia, right? We had maybe, growing up in our house, we had the Ten Commandments posted on the wall. Or have a coffee cup that has the Ten Commandments, and it kind of brings a comfort, right, and it brings some of the feel goods right of it. And there's nothing wrong with that, it is comforting to know because there's freedom in God's law. But the primary purpose isn't necessarily for comfort, it's more to confront us.

Eric Estes: [00:20:13] Let me show you a couple of places in Scripture where we see this. In Romans 3:19 through 20, Paul writes this, and Paul wrestled a lot with the law and how as Christians are we to interact with the law. Here's what he says, he says, "Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin." It's through God's commands that we see our sins. He says it again in Romans 7, verse 7 says, "What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “Thou shall not covet.” right? So we've got it right there, he references directly one of the Ten Commandments and says you should not covet. So the commands show us where we fail, where we fall short of God's law.

Eric Estes: [00:21:23] So once again, I want you to picture the mirror, as God's commands are the mirror. So most of us on a typical morning are going to wake up, and we're going to look in the mirror, right? And why do we look in the mirror? To see what needs to be fixed, right? To see where we're at. And so when we go to the mirror and we go, oh man, my hair is a disaster, I got to fix that. I really need to shave, right? Oh, man, I've got some bags under my eyes, I got to get some sleep there. I've got some new wrinkles, and oh, I think I put on a few pounds, right? And so we see, and here's the beauty of a mirror, or the reality, the thing we know about our mirror is that all it does is reflect reality, right? It shows us, whether we want to see it or not, it shows us what is real, it takes away my ability to justify it, to make excuses, or anything else, and it just reflects what's real. And really, the same is true of God's commands, they're a mirror, they show us where we fall short of God's holy character. And so when we look in the mirror of God's commands, what we see is that we fall short in certain places, right? Oh man, I was I started coveting my neighbor's lawnmower, right, or whatever it is, it brings it to mind. So when we come to God's commands and we see, oh, I've fallen short of that, what Scripture tells us is that we are to confess that, and then we were to repent, which just means to turn away from it. Okay.

Eric Estes: [00:22:56] Now you might be saying, okay, I got it, it shows me where I've kind of messed up, and I can do that. And you might look at these Ten Commandments and go, you know what? I'm doing pretty good. I haven't killed anybody. I haven't committed adultery. I told a lie the other day, okay, I need to work on that one, right? Well, actually, when we look at Jesus and what he did with the law, he actually takes us to a different place. He shows us that it's not just about the external doing of these things, like a checklist. That's what the religious leaders of his day were doing, they were saying, oh, look, I'm doing all these things right, right? And Jesus challenges them, and he challenges us and says, no, it's about our heart. It's about not just doing these things physically and outwardly, but looking at the heart behind it, thinking about our thoughts, our motivations, and our intentions. That's what it looks like to follow God's holiness, to follow God's ways.

Eric Estes: [00:23:56] So we can see a few different places where Jesus talks about this. In Matthew 22, verse 37, a lawyer comes up to him and he's trying to trick him and says, okay, smarty pants, tell me what's the biggest and what's the greatest commandment? And Jesus says this, he says, said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38This is the great and first commandment. 39And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Okay, what did Jesus just do there? First of all, this would have been obvious to those who knew the Ten Commandments well, the first thing he did is he summarized them. The first four of these deal with how we relate to God. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, right? The next six deal with how we are to treat others. So Jesus just summarized these in a brilliant, really kind of quick summary, he summarized all these commands into that one phrase. But that's not all he did, he also, not only did he sum it up, he amped it up because he said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and all your mind." It's not just about doing these things externally, it's about why we're doing them, it's about our thoughts, our intentions, and our motives, and that's a much higher bar.

Eric Estes: [00:23:56] Jesus also, he does it again in the sermon on the Mount, in Matthew 5, in verses 21 and 22, he says this. He says, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder." Okay, he's quoting that, "And whoever murders will be liable to judgment. But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council." He takes it from just external killing someone to if you are hating another person, if you insult the other person, it's doing the same thing in your heart towards them. The bar is much higher. Because the bar, remember these reflect God's character, so the bar is higher because we want to reflect God's holiness. And even if we don't physically kill someone, we're still not reflecting his character when we insult people, and we have hatred towards others.

Eric Estes: [00:26:23] Matthew 5:27, he does it again. He says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman lustfully, and you have already committed adultery with her in your heart." That's pretty convicting, right, the bar is higher. It's not just about the physical act, it's about our intentions and our motives. So when we do that, we realize that it's much more than that. And what this is, what he's showing us, is this is a test of our trust. Every single one of these is really a test of are we trusting in Him, and that his way is best. It's a lot easier if I just kind of take what I need, but I have to trust him, and he'll provide. It's a lot easier for me to just kind of. Well, let me just kind of smooth over the facts here. Kind of tell a little white lie to get to get this way, and it'll be my way. But no, no, no, God's way. His holiness will say no, let's stand in truth, right? For each and every one of these. It's a test of our trust in him and his ways. So when we look in the mirror, oftentimes what we see if we're really. As we're engaged in God's commands and we look at the mirror of God's commands, we really start to see where we have failed, where we have committed these sins, where we have not lived up to God's holiness, where we have not trusted in him and what he does. And so when we look at that, we kind of start to see what that looks like in our lives.

Eric Estes: [00:28:12] And here's what I want to do, I want to challenge us as we go through this series for the next ten weeks, and we'll spend a week on each one of these. I want to challenge us to open ourselves, to be confronted, that it's okay. Now we don't like confrontation, right? We don't like this. We don't like to be told what we're doing wrong. But when we do, when we see how we line up with God, it brings several things. But first and foremost, it shows us that we're falling short, and it allows us to turn and to follow God with our whole heart, with our whole mind, with our whole soul. So as we go through this series, I just want to challenge each and every one of us to be open to that, to be confronted as we look through one of these and we dig in and see, okay, what does this really mean for us to see? What are those areas of my life where I am not lining up with that, where my life does not line up with that? It'll be an opportunity for us to press in and turn towards him. He confronts our comfort.

Eric Estes: [00:29:13] Okay, so we've seen that with all the commands, they, first of all, bring freedom, not bondage, they bring the timeless yet timely, and that they confront our comfort. Now the last thing we need to see is that they also move us from fear to faith. Because if we're honest, when we look at this, when we really understand these, it should well up in us some fear. It should bring us to a place where we're like, whoa, whoa, whoa, if I look like this, how can I stand before a holy God? The God that I have made a mockery of his way. I have made a mockery of his character. How can I possibly stand before a holy God? And so if we're really pressing in and being confronted by the commands, then what's going to happen is we start to become fearful, but that's why God sent Jesus to us. If we are seeing and being confronted with this, that's exactly where we need to be, because only when we understand our sin, do we see our need for a Savior. You see, God sent his Son Jesus to live the perfect life, to obey every one of these commands, not just physically, but in his heart. He loved the Lord his God with all his heart, with all his mind, and with all his soul. He loved his neighbors, even more than himself, because he gave his life for them, and then he was crucified on a Roman cross to take on the yuck that we have. And so when we trust in Him, when we come to the place where we are like God, I've tried to clean it up myself and I just can't. Jesus, will you take it? Then this incredible transaction happens. We see that Jesus takes our yuck onto himself, and then Scripture tells us that he cleanses us. So no matter how ugly it is, how ugly it was, how many splotches and blots we find on there, when we trust in Jesus, he cleanses us. He washes us clean so that now, when we stand before God the Father, this is what he sees, he sees us spotless without blemish. And we can stand before him, and we can be accepted by God the Father himself, because of what Jesus did for us.

Eric Estes: [00:32:07] If you get nothing out of today except for this, that's okay, but know that God's commands point us to Jesus, that's the main idea here, that's the main thing. And as we go through this series, we want to see that God's commands point us to Jesus because we see where we're confronted, and then we are more and more grateful for what Jesus did for us. You see, we can't find the solution until we know we have a problem. We can't know the Savior until we know that we need saving. And so that's where God's commands come in, they show us where we failed, that we need a Savior, and they drop us to our knees so that we can then trust and accept what Jesus, and only Jesus, could do for us.

Eric Estes: [00:33:02] You know my wife, Kathy, this is a big part of her story because she grew up in a church and they talked about the Ten Commandments, but they talked about it more as a moral framework, they didn't really talk about sin or anything like that. And so as she got older, when she was in her mid-20s, all of a sudden, she realized, oh, I'm the sinner. Like I've heard about that, you know, that Jesus died for sinners, but I didn't realize I was the sinner because she hadn't been confronted with God's commands, she hadn't seen her own sin. And when she did, and she knew to trust in Jesus and what Jesus did, it brings out an incredible gratitude, to where now we want to live this way to the best of our ability. Sure, we'll fall short, but we want to try and pursue, we want to live according to God's holiness and his ways, it changes everything when we do.

Eric Estes: [00:34:08] Let me give you a few things that it should change as we see this. As we see this, as we look at God's commands, it should point us right to Christ, and there should be an incredible gratitude for what he's done for us. When we look at the commands, we should see the cross because we know we can't do this ourselves, but Jesus did, and it should point us more and more to Jesus, and give us more and more gratitude towards Jesus.

Eric Estes: [00:34:40] Then, secondly, this should change not only how we see the commands, but it should also change how we talk. As a matter of fact, this is a great way, as we're having conversations with different people, how many times have you had a conversation where people will say I'm a pretty good person. And this is where we can use God's commands and say, you know what? I used to think that too, and then I encountered God's commands. And do you know what, as I looked through them, I failed time and time again? And Scripture says that if you if you if you fail one of these commands, you failed them all. And so let me show you, let me tell you about how we can be made right, even though we've made a mess, and we tell them about Jesus.

Eric Estes: [00:35:26] It also changes how we respond, it makes us want, out of gratitude for him, to want to live the way that he has laid things out more and more. Not perfectly. Paul tells us in Romans 7 that the things that I want to do, I don't do, and the things that I don't want to do, that's what I end up doing, right? It's a constant struggle, but more and more, as we see the grace of Jesus and what he's done for us, more and more and more as we mess up, we confess, we turn, Jesus forgives us, and we continue on. And we look more and more, throughout the course of our life, we look more and more like living in his holiness. And what that allows us to do then, is to delight in his loss. And that's our hope for these next 11 weeks, as we go through God's law and God's commands, that we will delight in them. We will see them as beautiful because they point us to Jesus. God's commands bring freedom, not bondage, they are timeless yet timely, they confront us in our comfort, and they bring us from fear to faith, as we trust more and more in the person and work of Jesus.

Eric Estes: [00:36:44] Let's pray. God, we thank you for your commands. God, that they are not burdensome, that they're not bondage, Lord, they bring us freedom to be able to operate in the way you've created the world. And Lord, I pray that we would press into them, that we would be confronted by your word, your commands, that it would help us to see where we have fallen short, and it would point us to your Son, Jesus, as our Savior.

Eric Estes: [00:37:20] And I'd just like for a minute now, let's just have some silence. And let's each of us kind of contemplate these ten laws, these ten commands. Where are some areas in your life where it's not lining up with these commands? And then in just a minute, Wendy and the band will lead us into praising Jesus, and we can enter that praise with all the more confidence because we know that we have fallen short, and yet Jesus has redeemed us. So take just a minute as we're being confronted and then we result in praise.



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