9/1 Fundamental Thoughts - Sermons


Exodus 20:1-17  And God spake all these words, saying,  (2)  I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.  (3)  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.  (4)  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:  (5)  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;  (6)  And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.  (7)  Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.  (8)  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  (9)  Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:  (10)  But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:  (11)  For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.  (12)  Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.  (13)  Thou shalt not kill.  (14)  Thou shalt not commit adultery.  (15)  Thou shalt not steal.  (16)  Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.  (17)  Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

Mark 10:17-22  And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?  (18)  And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.  (19)  Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.  (20)  And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.  (21)  Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.  (22)  And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

INTRODUCTION:           When I started this message, I had a hard time getting started.  It seems more like a Sunday School lesson than a sermon.  The hard start was the thought it might be a “legalistic” sermon, and concentrate on the “law” to much.
              Yes, it does deal with the “law,” however; it must be known that we as Christians are to obey the “law.”  Just because Jesus climbed on that tree to die for you doesn’t mean you can flaunt the law.    
              God’s commandments are still in force and the law has always been required since God gave them to Moses.
              What we are not doing is abiding in the “law” for our salvation.  We are not able of losing our Salvation over our lack of obeying God’s law.
              Jesus forgave us on that tree, Jesus’ blood paid the price of my sin on that tree.
              Today we will look at the Ten Commandments as to their relationship to us today.

I.            NO OTHER GODS
              A.           Before Him
1.           Real or imagined

Exodus 20:3        Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

i.                "before me"
a.             no deity or other god

Deuteronomy 6:14    Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you; 15  (For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.

              B.           What Are Some God's People Put Before God.
                             1.           Our Spouse
                             2.           Our Children
                             3.           Our Grandchildren
                             4.           Hunting season
                             5.           Dallas Cowboys or any Major sport


       A.           Any Graven Image

1.           What is a graven image?
              i.            A statue
              ii.           A picture
                             a.           Photo or drawing             

Exodus 20:4           Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, …

Exodus 20:23        Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.

2.               In today this includes by interpretation
i.                Plastic
ii.               Any malleable material
              a.           Including clay or
              b.           Any material  that can be cast

Exodus 20:25        And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.

                             3.           Don’t carve it, just a natural stack

A.              Of The Lord In Vain

Exodus 20:7  Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; ...

Leviticus 19:12  And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.

1.               Using God’s name with insincerity
i.                Praising God from habit
              a.           A lack of sincerity
ii.           An euphemism

Daniel Webster's report: "...to use good or an auspicious word for an evil or inauspicious word..."–of good sound.

2.               Using
1.               Darn – d - - n
2.               Jiminy Cricket – Jesus Christ
3.               Gosh – God
4.               Gosh darn – God d - - n
3.           We must be very careful with our language

              A.           The Sabbath.

Exodus 20:8         Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Leviticus 19:3       Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my sabbaths: I am the LORD your God.

1.               We should not do servile work on God’s day
i.                Don’t mow your lawn
ii.               Don’t change your oil
a.               You can bath
b.               You can cook and eat
                             2.           It is a Holy Day.

V.           HONOUR YOUR
              A.           Father and Mother

Exodus 20:12         Honour thy father and thy mother: ...

Leviticus 19:3       Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my sabbaths: I am the LORD your God.

                            1.           FEAR = adore,    worthy of great honour
                                           i.            They are worthy of honour
VI.         Do Not
              A.           Kill
1.           Murder is forbidden         

Exodus 20:13       Thou shalt not kill.

                             2.           We kill with our tongue.

James 3:8  But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. …10-12  Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?  12Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

              A.           Adultery

Exodus 20:14         Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Matthew 5:27       Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28  But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

                             1.           What is adultery?
                                           i.            Any sin we commit against God
                                                          a.           Not praying
                                                          b.           Not going to church
                                                          c.            Lying to others.
                                                          d.           Blaspheming God             
VII.        DO NOT
A.              Steal

Exodus 20:15         Thou shalt not steal.

                             2.           What is stealing?
a.           Taking something belonging to someone else.           Or
              1.)          Not tithing
              2.)          Not supporting missions
b.           All is theft from God

IX.         DO NOT BEAR
              A.           False Witness

Exodus 20:16         Thou shalt not bear false witness...

1.               Lying about another person
              i.            Making a false accusation

Hosea 4:2  By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.

X.           DO NOT
              A.           Covet

Exodus 20:17         Thou shalt not covet ...

                             1.           Thy neighbor's house
                             2.           Thy neighbor's wife
                             3.           Thy neighbor's Man or Maid servant

Matthew 5:28        But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

CONCLUSION:   We have now seen the broader implications of the Ten Commandments.  We tend to read them for their face value, but Jesus showed us over all what they meant in;

Mark 12:29-31       And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

A.           Jesus tells us we have one Lord and we are to love Him with ALL:
1.               Our heart           
2.               Our soul
3.               Our mind            
4.               And our strength

                B.           This is the first commandment.

              C.           The second is similar
                             1.           Love thy neighbor as thyself.
2.               Make sure he has heard the gospel.

              D.           Have We Each Gone Our Way?
1.               Sold All?             
2.               Given to the Poor?
3.               Taken Up Jesus’ Cross and
4.              Followed Him.