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6.18.2005

Backstory

There's a new series starting this weekend at Seacoast, taking a look at the Ten Commandments. The first one, "Go All In", will start at the beginning: God reminding Israel that He is the God who has delivered them from bondage, and that there are no other gods out there competing for His glory.

One of the things standing out over the past couple of years is "the way I've always thought" about the Ten Commandments. In Exodus 20, God gives Moses His TOP TEN, what we've considered to be the most important rules of life. Don't kill, don't steal, don't lie, don't use God's name in vain and others - break these and you're doomed. But a couple of summers ago, I found that they make more sense as "promises" than as "rules". Instead of feeling like I'm threatened for breaking one, I see God making certain warnings and promises to keep His children from harm, instruction for living life right. Along with the rest of the Law and even Jesus' commands in the Gospels, all of these things appear to be more about living for God than about behaving properly. They deal with inner change and spirit growth, not just outward judgments and punishment.

For me, that's been incredibly liberating. More than "keeping the rules", I'm called to live a life that avoids pitfalls by following hard after God. That's a more exciting, more empowering way to approach life moving forward, something I'm embracing inwardly, with plenty of caffeine, of course.

11 Comments:

Blogger Josh Surratt said...

Great post Rick. I love the new site.

I have been reading back through this story this week, and I wanted to add to your thoughts. It's interesting to me that the passover had happened prior to the ten commandments. God had already saved them before he gave them the "rules". It's comforting to be reminded that when we fall short we are not "doomed" because the grace was given before the rules were even there.

Thanks for posting that today. Great encouragement.

18/6/05 7:17 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

thanks, josh - looking forward to tomorrow's kickoff!

18/6/05 7:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gottabuzz.com are u serious? hahahahahaha

18/6/05 7:42 PM  
Blogger MaryAnn M said...

thanks for the take on this...
not so much as the THOU SHALT NOT in the thundering booming voice...but the loving Father saying Life will be SOOOO much Better for you if you just LIVE FOR ME TOTALLY. those things wont even bother you if you are abiding with Me.

18/6/05 7:45 PM  
Blogger Renee said...

Anonymous, It's gottabuzz.BLOGSPOT.com just so you know. Don't want you to miss out on one of the best blogs out there!:-)

18/6/05 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL...just laughing cuz in the NON Christian world it would mean a different thing...the blogspot thing makes a difference!!

18/6/05 10:18 PM  
Anonymous Geoff said...

Good insight Rick, love to hear if the message lives up to the caffeine induced buzz.

18/6/05 10:19 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

thanks for all the encouragement - i think :). getting late and the buzz is wearing off for today. but i'll check back in tomorrow sometime, trust me.

18/6/05 11:25 PM  
Blogger Renee said...

This is true Anonymous!:-)

19/6/05 9:40 AM  
Blogger Blake said...

So are they more like suggestions than commandments?

19/6/05 5:18 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

more like tope ten you'd-want-to-follow-these-unless-you're-an-idiot directions-for-the-way-this-is-going-to-work-out. how's that?

19/6/05 7:27 PM  

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