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June 16, 2019 | Exodus: god's Law


"We...know that a person is not justified by works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ."


" are not under the law, but under grace."

The Law is good.

EXODUS 20:1-2

And God spoke all these words: "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slaver."

Verse 3

"You shall have no other gods before me."

Verse 4-5

"You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them..."

Verse 7

"You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses His name."

Verse 8-11

"Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy."

Verse 12

"Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you."

Verse 13

"You shall not murder."

Verse 14

"You shall not commit adultery."

Verse 15

"You shall not steal."

Verse 16

"You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor."

Verse 17

"You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male or female servant, or his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."

Layer 1:

The Law Shows Us Who God Is

Layer 2

The Law Shows Us What to Do

The law teaches us to live wisely.

The law teaches us to live as priests.

Layer 3

The Law Shows Us Who We Are


What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”

John Calvin:

"Thus the Law is a kind of mirror. As in a mirror we discover any stains upon our face, so in the Law we behold, first our impotence; then, in consequence of it, our iniquity; and finally, the curse, as a consequence of both."

Layer 4:

The Law Leads Us to Jesus

JEREMIAH 31:31-34

“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,

    “when I will make a new covenant

with the people of Israel

    and with the people of Judah.

32 It will not be like the covenant

    I made with their ancestors

when I took them by the hand

    to lead them out of Egypt,

because they broke my covenant,

    though I was a husband to them,”

declares the Lord.

33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel

    after that time,” declares the Lord.

“I will put my law in their minds

    and write it on their hearts.

I will be their God,

    and they will be my people.

34 No longer will they teach their neighbor,

    or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’

because they will all know me,

    from the least of them to the greatest,”

declares the Lord.

“For I will forgive their wickedness

    and will remember their sins no more.”

ROMANS 8:3-4

For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.