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Worship Your God:
"Love the LORD Your God"
Exodus 20:1-17 (The Ten Commandments: 1-4)
Pastor Jose Lam
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Worship Your God: 'Love the LORD Your God'
Exodus 20:1-17 (Part 1) “Love the LORD Your God’ (The Ten Commandments: 1-4)
Worship follows knowledge (vv.1-2)
At the giving of the ten commandments, we reach a turning point in the story of God’s people, and a turning point in the book of Exodus. Because up until now, Exodus has been the account of how Israel came to know their God as the God who saved them. From now on, Exodus will be the account of how Israel shall worship their God by obeying God’s word. So God’s salvation comes first, then God’s law follows.
Israel is taught to worship their God only after they are taught to know their God. Therefore worship of God follows knowledge of God. The ten commandments are not the way for people to be saved by God. The ten commandments are the way to worship the God who has already saved you. God must save you first.
Love the LORD Your God
The law was given on two tablets. A twofold division is seen; the first division concerns the love for your God by worshipping him. The second division concerns the love for your neighbour by honouring them. The first four commandments belong to the first division. The last six commandments belong to the second division.
When Jesus is asked what is the greatest commandment, he answers with Love the LORD your God’. Jesus follows up with the second command which is like it; ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’. This summarises the twofold division of the ten commandments, and reveals the principle that binds them together. That principle is love. Israel knows this love of God as the love that moved God to save his people from slavery in Egypt to become his very own treasured possession.
God draws near by his word (vv.1-8)
These ten commandments therefore are the commands given to a saved people. These commands are not given to people who do not know God. And they are not given to people so that they might come near to God. They are given because God has come near to them. Now God gives these laws so that his people whom he was drawn to presence may be able to live in his presence, enjoy his blessings and become his kingdom of priests to make God known to the world with their whole being.
Our next baptism service will be in late Q1 2023. Further details will be published closer to the date.
Individuals wishing to baptized or confirmed should get in touch with Ps Jose and must apply in writing to the ESCCC Board of Elders (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Individual classes for men and women wishing to be baptised or confirmed at ESCCC are run as needed throughout the year. These cover the matters of personal faith, church membership and public testimony over the course of three sessions.
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Next Week 12 February 2023
Worship Your God: "Love Your Neighbour As Yourself"
Exodus 20:1-17 (The Ten Commandments: 5-10)
Pastor Jose Lam
We long to see the Church being loved like Christ loves the Church.
As such we strive to care for people with the love of Christ and to prepare people to love like Christ.
The Pastors and Elders would love to serve you and help you to belong to God’s community here at ESCCC.