The Whole Story: Law – Ten Commandments – Exodus 19-20
At this point in The Whole Story, we have just seen God deliver the Israelites from over 400 years of bondage in Egypt. God is in the midst of fulfilling His promise to make them as Exodus 19 says, a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.
God wants His people to live the most fruitful lives they can, but in order to this, they must have some boundaries. We call these the Ten Commandments. If they were able to do whatever they wanted, most likely, their flesh would cause them to do some very unfruitful things.
The same rings true for us.
As we begin our time together, we want to come in an attitude of expectancy, believing that there is power in the presence of God, through the song, “Holy Spirit” by Kari Jobe. As we sing these words, “Holy Spirit you are welcome here”, we aren’t necessarily inviting the Holy Spirit into our presence, but already believing that He is with us, we say that He IS welcome. We are saying that we actually want Him there, that we acknowledge that He is among us and we believe we find safety, shelter, and power there.
As we continue on, we will take a moment to reflect on the Ten Commandments. As we do, we want to see them as more than a list of things that we cannot do, but rather as a God given way that we can live our lives fully experiencing His promises. Much like we set boundaries for our children out of love for them and in their best interests and not some sinister way of maintaining control over them.
With this in our minds, we will respond to this idea of God as our father. He is a perfect and loving father. We sing, “You’re a good good father, it’s who you are.”
In light of this attribute of God, and as we experience His goodness in our lives, specifically how He sent his Son for us to have life eternal, we sing, “Thank You God For Saving Me” by Chris Tomlin and Phil Wickham. He gave His life upon the cross to make a way and set us free from the grips of sin and death in our lives.
Naturally, our gratitude leads us to surrender, for He has done great things for us. Since He has done these things, that are only possible by the all powerful God, creator of all things, we lay all that we are into His hands, for His ways are higher.
Isaiah 55:9 says, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”