Life Guards | Love God Only, Identify Your Idols
Misconceptions of the Ten Commandments & the Old Testament law
- Disconnected and buried in TIME.
- Disconnected to the PURPOSE.
- Disconnected to the LAWGIVER.
Biblical conceptions about the Ten Commandments: they guard our lives and guide us to the safe places where we can enjoy everything God has in store for us.
Exodus 20:1-2 | Purpose for the Ten Commandments.
Purpose of the Law: A response to the God who has redeemed us in order to reflect Him while enjoying Him and others.
Chapter 19:3-6, the setting for the giving of the Ten Commandments, gives us the basis for the commandments:
- We’re highly treasured – redeemed from slavery and bondage.
- We’re God’s representatives on earth to others.
- We’re God’s reflection of Himself to others.
1 Peter 2:9-10 ESV
Exodus 20:3 | Commandment #1: Love God only.
Exodus 20:4-6 | Commandment #2: Identify your idols.
Definition of idol:
What is an idol? It is anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what only God can give… An idol is whatever you look at and say, in your heart of hearts, “If I have that, then I’ll feel my life has meaning, then I’ll know I have value, then I’ll feel significant and secure.” There are many ways to describe that kind of relationship to something, but perhaps the best one is worship. – Tim Keller, Counterfeit Gods
Jesus – sent to reveal who God is and rescue us to Him at the same time.