Lesson Date: 15 Oct 17
Scripture: Exodus 20: 18-26
Biblical Date: 1445 B.C.
Location: Mount Sinai
GOLDEN TEXT: “In all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.” (Exodus 20: 24)
- To understand that God’s covenant was to help His people stay away from sin.
- To sense that God gives commands with purpose.
- To renew our commitment to fully obey God’s Word
- To shares ways of being faithful and obedient to God’s laws.
GUIDING PRINCIPLE: Without obedience to the law, there is chaos, hurt of oneself, and destruction of the environment. God gives us clear Divine instructions for meaningful living.
RESOURCES FOR THE SEED
Deuteronomy 5: 22-27; Exodus 20: 1-12; Exodus 20: 13-17; Matthew 5: 17-32.
WORDS TO REMEMBER
Bless—kneel, to praise, to bless.
Children of Israel—Jewish people descendants from Jacob.
Darkness—cloudy, gross darkness, think darkness.
Hear—listen to, obey, to understand.
Prove—to test, to try, to prove, to tempt, to put to the test.
Sacrifice—to offer; to slay; to kill as sacrifice.
Seen—to see, look at, inspect, perceive, consider, shew.
BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND/TILLING THE SOIL
What is more important displaying or obeying the commandments?
What are things you have heard were part of the commandments that are not in The Bible?
Does being under grace not the law give us license to disregard the principles of God’s law?
On what basis is the inner life built and strengthen?
What is meant by Jesus when He said, “I am not come to destroy the law but to fulfill?”
THE SEED OBEYING GOD’S LAW/BE OBEDIENST TO THE LAW EXODUS 20: 18-26
A. Fear from Within/Lightening (Exodus 20: 18-20)
1. When all the people heard the thundering and lightning, they retreated.
2. They asked Moses to speak to them and promised to listen.
3. They worried that God be kill them if He spoke directly, be vengeful.
4. Moses comforted the people and said God was just trying to get their attention.
B. Idolatry is Forbidden (Exodus 20: 21-23)
1. The people stood afar off from God while Moses got closer to God.
2. God told Moses what to say to the people.
3. They were not to make graven images or their own god’s.
C. The Right Kind of Altar (Exodus 20: 24-26)
1. There are acceptable ways of approaching God and unacceptable ways. Be careful.
2. Be careful how you present yourself to God.
We must obey the Lord to receive His blessings. There are blessings for those who obey.
PLANTING THE SEED
What might make us want to stand afar off from God?
How are we reassured of our relationship to God?
For what purpose does the awesome display of God’s power of Sinai take place?
What two commandments did the Lord call our attention to?
How are we often drawn into the practice of idolatry?
What was the purpose of altars?
What kind of offerings did the Lord say would be acceptable?
Why were “hewn” stones forbidden by God for worship?
Why are stairs forbidden for the altar?
What was pagan worship like in Biblical times.
NURTURING THE SEED
Why is it better for people to speak with God’s spokesman?
Why would speaking with God directly be dangerous?
What did God designed to keep people from sinning?
Where does God’s love come into obedience?
Which believers can approach God directly?
How does the construction of the altar and worship fit together?
What ought the people of God present to Him on the altar?
How important is it for worship of God to be centralized?
How important is it for stones of the altar to be unhewn and unadorned?
Where will obedience to God get us as believers?
FRUIT FROM THE CROP
People are in awe when God speaks with all power and authority.
When we are aware of our sin, we are tempted to stand afar off from God.
God’s loves draws us away from sin so we can serve and follow him.
God has given us ample evidence that He alone is God.
Worship is about remembering who God is and turning ourselves over to Him.
Our worship must always be centered on God and God alone.
The worship of God is spiritual.
God speaks to us in various ways. Listen!
Let God drive you by fear. Trust!
Have no other gods. One God!
Worship without manmade objects. In Spirit and Truth!