Follow me. There is a method to my madness.
Over the past month or so we have been walking through our series called “Say What?”. I did not pick out this series because I thought it would be fun to preach from what many believe are the antiquated laws from the Old Testament.
I preached the law from Exodus because I believe it speaks today. Here are a few reasons we jumped into the laws of Exodus.
- Every word in the Bible is God breathed. This means that when we read the Bible, even the parts we don’t understand, we must begin with the certainty that all of Scripture comes from God. When you are reading the law from Exodus, you are reading God’s words.
- Every word in the Bible is in there for a reason. 2 Peter states that God has “given us everything required for life and godliness.” The laws of Exodus pry into a part of our lives often missed in modern Christianity: ethics. We regularly talk about love, mercy, and abundant life. That said, the laws of Exodus give us examples and explanations of what love, mercy, and a God honoring, abundant life is. We don’t get to define what a godly life looks like. God does. God’s definition is clearly seen in the laws of Exodus.
- Human nature has not changed. It is startling to see how we still struggle with the sins that men struggled with 4000 years ago. The same angst, conflict, strife, sin, and brokenness that plagued the Israelites under Moses plagues us today. By the way, there was a reason God communicated these specific laws to men 4000 years ago, and it is probably the same reason we need a fresh look at them today.
We have handled some tough topics over the last few months. I know many of the sermons have stretched and challenged you. As these words have challenged you, don’t forget: God spoke each word into the Bible, He spoke them there intentionally, and with 4000 years of experience, we tend to ignore the words we disagree with, skipping over God’s clear picture of what abundant living looks like.
Can you imagine what would happen if we came back to God’s Word, took every word seriously, and lived out the godly life shown in Scripture?