The Big Ten
Mark Twain tells the story about a man who had memorised the Ten Commandments. He told Twain that his ambition was to go to the Holy Land, stand on the Mount and recite loudly the Ten Commandments. Twain replied, “Have you ever thought about just staying home and keeping them?”
Ha ha! That’s easier said that done! Still, coming next week (4th August) we start a Summer Study Sermon Series that will cover the topic of the 10 Commandments. I’m pleased to say that there will be a number of different speakers bringing the message each week until the end of September. Please do keep us in your prayers as we prepare for this.
The topic of the 10 Commandments is one that is often misunderstood. Often we’re not really sure, as Christians, whether they actually apply to us today. We’ll cover this issue as we go through the series but it’s important to remember that the 10 Commandments weren’t given in isolation. They are part of the story of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt and their arrival in the Promised Land. In each of these commandments God is teaching the Israelites something about Himself, and something about us. For example, the 10 Commandments show us about the righteousness of God. They are a manifestation of God’s character. However, they are also a manifestation of the human character – that we fall so short. In this way, the Ten Commandments are a mirror to show us how desperately in need of God we are.
So how do we relate to the commandments? I found this sermon by Chuck smith very helpful: