Sunday School Material 10-15-17: Obeying God's Law

(Exodus 20:18-26; 10/15/17)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God sends word through Moses to His people about worshipping Him. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to discern and obey God’s will regarding worshipping Him and living for Him.

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Read Exodus 20:18-21

I. Fearing the Lord. In our Sunday School material, the people experienced thunder, lighting, trumpets, and smoke. In fear, they kept their distance from God’s presence. Moses talks about the need to have some fear of God to help them avoid sinning against God.

Applications –

- Responding to God’s awesomeness. Notice in vss. 18, 20 that God is so awesome that His people should obey Him. First, God is an awesome God. He is greater than what we see in the text and what we can understand with our limited vocabulary.

Second, the awesomeness of God should move His people to obedience. We are not called to be terrified of God. But we are called to fear/reverence Him so much that we obey Him. To say that we fear God and yet do not obey Him means that we don’t fear Him enough.

Think about the respect and obedience we have for police officers compared to the respect and obedience that we give God (e.g., tithes, invite and bring people to worship and growth groups, giving our best in ministry – growth groups, children, van, media, etc.). Let’s work on responding to God’s awesomeness with obedience.

- The role of leadership. Notice in vs. 19 that the people wanted Moses to serve as a mediator/middle person between God and the people. On one hand, it is good to have a leader who has a personal and close relationship with the Lord. In our families and churches, our leadership should be able to pray for us and share with us the truths of God.

But on the other hand, as Christians, we believe that we also have a direct line/individual priesthood with God. Especially for our personal lives, we can pray to God and study God’s word individually. Let’s work on being thankful for God sent leaders and being a wise steward of our personal relationships with God.

- Clouds and God. Notice in vs. 21 that Moses moved towards the thick dark cloud to experience the presence of God. Moses knew that God was bigger and more important than the cloud that he saw.

In like manner, as we experience all kinds of “thick and dark clouds” in our lives (i.e., strange and disturbing situations), we should remember to focus more on God than on the clouds. God is still bigger and more important than what we see. Let’s work on discerning and obeying God’s will, despite what we see. 

Read Exodus 20:22-26

II. Hearing the Lord. In our Sunday School material, the Lord talks to Moses about what he is to tell the Israelites. God gives instructions about avoiding idolatry. He also gives instructions about how to worship Him. 

Applications –

- No idolatry. Notice in vs. 23 that idolatry is clearly prohibited. First, we should not treat anything as important as God. Romans 6:16 talks about how we are slaves to those we obey. Think about how much obedience is given to getting or keeping our money, friends, and pleasure. Now, think about how much obedience is given to pleasing God.

Second, if a picture or a statue distracts you from giving God your all then you should avoid such pictures and statues. For those who use pictures and statues as aids to their obeying God, more power to them. Most of us would do well to simply focus on knowing and obeying God’s word without getting distracted with the issues attached to art.

Let’s work on living like God is really our one and only God. This calls for whole hearted focus on making sure that we are saved through faith in Christ and loving God and others, as we love ourselves.

- Worshipping God. Notice in vss. 24-26 that God gives instructions about how to worship Him. First, the burnt offerings for sin and fellowship offerings of thanksgiving are assumed in the Sunday School material, every believer should find themselves giving (tithes and offerings), not to atone for sin (burnt offering) but more of the fellowship type of sacrifice (thanksgiving).

Second, God is the main character of worship, not the worshipper or fixtures. The modesty of the altar and priest should urge us to make sure that we keep more attention on the Lord than on other worshippers and facility issues. Let’s work on worshipping God in ways that please Him.

Conclusion: Let’s work on discerning and obeying God’s will regarding worshipping Him and living for Him. God has much for those who obey His will.

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