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The Love of God in the Law of God (Exodus 20)

July 21, 2020 David Murray Season 3 Episode 45
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The Love of God in the Law of God (Exodus 20)
Jul 21, 2020 Season 3 Episode 45
David Murray

How do you view the law of God?

Many view God’s law as a threat. They say:

  • It threatens our salvation
  • It threatens our happiness
  • It threatens our society
  • It threatens our worship

But there's another way of looking at the law that changes our view of it from a threat to a friend, from an expression of malice to an expression of love.

Here are four ways we see God's love in God's law in Exodus 20.

GOD'S LOVE LIBERATES US (1-2)

God’s law starts with God’s salvation, not our obedience.

  • God delivered us from hatred
  • God delivered us to love

God’s liberating love liberates our love.

But then God spoils it all with laws?

GOD'S LOVE LONGS FOR US (3-11)

The first four commandments express God’s longing for us.

  • I long for your loyalty
  • I long for your worship
  • I long for your respect
  • I long for your time

God longs for us more than for our obedience.

But what about the other commandments?

GOD'S LOVE LOOKS AFTER US (12-17)

Commandments 5-10 express God’s care for us.

  • He protects us from ourselves
  • He protects us from others
  • He protects others from us

God’s laws reveal God’s love.

So why all the details?

GOD'S LOVE LIMITS US (18-26)

God then moves from boundaries for everyday life to boundaries for church life.

  • Boundaries as to where to worship
  • Boundaries as to what to worship
  • Boundaries as to how to worship.

A love without limits is a limited love.

Do you see how limits can be loving too?

LIVING THE BIBLE

Do you still view the law as a threat? Do you now see the love of God in the law of God?

God's love (1) Liberates us; (2) Longs for us; (3) Looks after us; (4) Limits us

Love God's law as an expression of God's love.

This episode of Living the Bible lines up with Expedition 7: Day 2 in  Exploring the Bible Together: A 52-Week Family Worship Plan and Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids. You can catch up with previous episodes of the Living the Bible podcast here or subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Podcast.

Show Notes

How do you view the law of God?

Many view God’s law as a threat. They say:

  • It threatens our salvation
  • It threatens our happiness
  • It threatens our society
  • It threatens our worship

But there's another way of looking at the law that changes our view of it from a threat to a friend, from an expression of malice to an expression of love.

Here are four ways we see God's love in God's law in Exodus 20.

GOD'S LOVE LIBERATES US (1-2)

God’s law starts with God’s salvation, not our obedience.

  • God delivered us from hatred
  • God delivered us to love

God’s liberating love liberates our love.

But then God spoils it all with laws?

GOD'S LOVE LONGS FOR US (3-11)

The first four commandments express God’s longing for us.

  • I long for your loyalty
  • I long for your worship
  • I long for your respect
  • I long for your time

God longs for us more than for our obedience.

But what about the other commandments?

GOD'S LOVE LOOKS AFTER US (12-17)

Commandments 5-10 express God’s care for us.

  • He protects us from ourselves
  • He protects us from others
  • He protects others from us

God’s laws reveal God’s love.

So why all the details?

GOD'S LOVE LIMITS US (18-26)

God then moves from boundaries for everyday life to boundaries for church life.

  • Boundaries as to where to worship
  • Boundaries as to what to worship
  • Boundaries as to how to worship.

A love without limits is a limited love.

Do you see how limits can be loving too?

LIVING THE BIBLE

Do you still view the law as a threat? Do you now see the love of God in the law of God?

God's love (1) Liberates us; (2) Longs for us; (3) Looks after us; (4) Limits us

Love God's law as an expression of God's love.

This episode of Living the Bible lines up with Expedition 7: Day 2 in  Exploring the Bible Together: A 52-Week Family Worship Plan and Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids. You can catch up with previous episodes of the Living the Bible podcast here or subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Podcast.