This sermon was based on Exodus 19:4-6 & 20:1-17
Israel at Mount Sinai
4‘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.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”………….
The Ten Commandments
God is a God Who Rescues His People
- What tends to happen with this passage is that it tends to get made into a list, that’s ok but the bit of this passage that always gets left off the list is verse 2 where God says: ‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.’
- God is saying ‘before I give you the rules I want to remind you, I’ve rescued you, I’ve saved you. It’s what I do’
That’s an important principle to remember about God, he always rescues first before giving the rules. Not the other way around.
He doesn’t give the 10 commandments back in Egypt and say ‘if you do ok at these, I’ll think about rescuing you.’ No, rescue comes first, then he gives the rules.
God is a God Who is Holy and Wants His People to be Holy
- He rescues us…so we can become a holy people.
- He rescues the Israelites because he wants them to be his treasured possession, his kingdom of priests, his holy nation, who reflect who God is, who reflect what kind of king he is. He doesn’t want Egypt to rule his people, God wants his people to be under his rule and his reign.
Like with any king or ruler, the nation that they rule will reflects his or her values, who they are, what they believe and what they value. So, God wants his nation, his kingdom to reflect who He is and he tells us about who he is in the 10 commandments.
He is a holy God. To be Holy means to be set apart, sacred, perfect. God being holy means his character is perfect, there is no flaw in his character, behaviour or actions, everything is perfect. He wants his people to reflect this, to be a holy people. The 10 commandments show us what it looks like to live a holy life. They show us what is required if we want to be his holy people.