Worship Your God:
“I have spoken to you”
Exodus 20:18-26 (Unpacking Commands 1, 2 & 3)
Rev Chris Chua
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Worship Your God: 'I Have Spoken To You'
Exodus 20:18-1 26 (Unpacking Commands 1, 2 & 3)
Following the giving of the ten commandments, the Lord gives to Israel by Moses further laws that flesh out what it means for Israel to apply the ten commandments in their daily life. We can discern that these laws roughly follow the shape of the ten commandments, although this is not made explicit and it is not exactly in the same order. What is certain is that these laws are helpful in expanding upon what exactly the ten commandments meant in practice for ancient Israel. These laws feature in the next three chapters.
God’s purpose is to lay down authoritative application of the ten commandments in the specific situation of ancient Israel so that Israel is not left free to apply them however they please. It also teaches that while God’s commands are to be obeyed in the present, they also have an eye toward their fulfilment in the future when they enter the land. These are guiding principles that help God’s people apply God’s commandments as life’s circumstances change over time.
The voice of God (vv.18-21)
Vv.18-21 unpack command #1. Worship and obedience is given to God alone, by listening to the one whom God has sent. Any knowledge of God must be via a mediator.
The image of God (vv.22-23)
Vv.22-23 unpack command #2. Israel saw no image of God, but ‘saw’ God speak and God alone with Moses his servant mediating. No man-made image of God is authorised.
The name of God (vv.24-26)
Vv.24-26 unpack command #3. God’s people shall honour God’s name by worshipping him on his terms and not their own. All worship is done in the sight of God. God’s people are not to build vanities in the Lord’s name and so take up his name in vain. But worship of God is to do as he has said.
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Next Week 26 February 2023
Worship Your God: "Slaves And Free"
Exodus 21:1-11 (Unpacking Command 4)
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.
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