For His Glory and Our Good II

Exodus 20

By Pastor Craig Phelps, February 17, 2024

Introduction –In Exodus 20 we see God giving the Jews the law or the ten commandments. He did that to show them there need of the coming Savior and also to show them some of the qualifications for this Savior. Only a son who had never broken the law would qualify. So, while this law did not and could not save them or us, it is a very useful thing because it shows us what living in unity and harmony with each other does and does not look like. This morning we pick up with the 8th command in verse 15 of Exodus 20.

15 “You shall not steal.

  • The Specific Meaning –
  • How does stealing impact unity and harmony in a relationship?
  • How is stealing contrary to what we know about God?
    • We do not steal because God everything and demands an transfer of goods.
  • How does stealing impact someone’s ability to fulfill their God-given purpose?
    • We are given not only a position and purpose from God but also certain to fulfill that purpose.

16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

  • The Specific Meaning –
  • The Broader Meaning –
  • How is lying contrary to what we know about God?
  • Why do we lie?
  • Why do we need to know truth in order fulfill our God-given purpose?

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

  • The Specific Meaning - Coveting is a deep desire for that which you have.
  • What does the command to not covet reveal to us?
    • It reveals to us that our root problem is a matter of the .
    • It is a heart that is with God when He alone is to be our portion.