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Monday, May 9, 2016

Deuteronomy: God as Law Giver

Sermon by: Kathy Larson
Date: May 8, 2016
Text: Deuteronomy 10:12-21 & 30:6, 15-20
Sermon Audio (link)

The Creation of Adam, Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel, c. 1511-1512, public domain

below is the handout referenced in the sermon: 

God As Law-Giver

Oh, how I love Your law!... sweeter than honey to my mouth. Psalm 119:97,103

Structure: 2nd Millennium BC ANE Suzerain/Vassal Covenant
(also Exod 20; Josh 24)
1.       Preamble, introducing the suzerain (1:1-5)
2.       Historical prologue, previous relations of the parties (1:6-4:49)
3.       Stipulations: basic, then detailed (5-26)
4.       Curses and Blessings (27-30)
5.       Witnesses to the covenant (31:28)
6.       Document clause: where it will be stored, when it will be read (31-34)

Deuteronomy 10 & 30:
·         What does God ask of you? Why?
·         How can we keep God’s law? What will it do for us?
·         What does the law tell us about who God is?

Why Did God Give Us The Law?
·         To show the world how great God is: Deut 4:1-8; Psalm 19; 119; 2 Sam 7
·         To show us we can’t keep the law: Deut 28-29; Rom 3:19-20; 5:12-21; 8:1-4; James 2:10-11; Gal 3-5; Psalm 119; Matt 5; Rom 9:30-32
·         To lead us to Christ: Deut 30:6; Jer 31:31-34; Ezek 36:22-32; Gal 3-5; Matt 5

Jesus Summarizes the Law: Matthew 22
·         Love God & Love Others: Deut 6; Exod 20; Matt 5; 22; Lev 19; Gal 5; Rom 13:8-10; Gal 5:14; Rom 9:30-32
·         What does this tell us about God?  What does it tell us about our relationship to God?

Why Love?
·         Love fulfills the Law: Rom 8:3-4; 13:8-10; Gal 5:13-15; John 3:16; James 2
·         Love is the Fruit of the Spirit: Gal 5:22-26; 1 Cor 13; Col 3:12-17
·         Love is how we reflect God: 1 John 4:7-20; James 2:1-13; John 13:34-35

Me as Law-Follower:
·         He is the Lord; I am the Vassal: Deut 10:12-22; Hosea 2; Eph 5:22-33
·         I belong to God: Deut 4; 10; 1 Cor 6; 1 Pet 2:9; Titus 2:14; Col 1:21-22; Eph 5
·         If I belong to God, I will obey His commands: John 14:15-21; Psalm 103:18; 1 John 2:3-5; 3:22-24; 2 John 6
·         If I belong to God, I will love: 1 John 4:7-20; James 2:1-13; John 13:34-35; Gal 5:22-26; 1 Cor 13; Col 3:12-17

Daily Devotion Follow Up

Monday: Read Psalm 119:9-16 & 73-80
·         How can people stay pure?
·         What does it mean to hide God’s word in your heart? Have you done that? Do you do that?
·         Why does the Psalmist say we should love and follow God’s law?
·         Do you feel this way about God’s law? Why or why not?  
·         How can you learn to love God’s Word? Consider asking someone who does have a passion for the Word how/why they do.

Tuesday: Read Galatians 3:15-25
·         Who is the ‘seed’ promised to Abraham?
·         How are we saved?
·         Then why was the law given? What is our relationship to the law now?
·         What parts of God’s law do you have a hard time understanding? What parts do you have a hard time following? Why?

Wednesday: Read Deuteronomy 10:12-22
·         What does God require of us? Why can He expect that of you?
·         How can we keep His law and love Him?
·         How does this passage describe God? Does any of this description surprise you? Why or why not?
·         How would you describe God? His commands? His love?

Thursday: Read Romans 8:1-8
·         Why is there no condemnation for those who are in Christ?
·         Why was the law powerless? How did Christ fulfill it?
·         What is the difference between living by the spirit and by the flesh?
·         How can we live according to the flesh?

Friday: Read 1 John 4:7-20
·         How did God show His love for us?
·         Why should we love one another?  
·         How can we love one another and the world?
·         Are there people in your life who are hard for you to love? How can you love them like God does?

Saturday: Read 1 Corinthians 13
·         How important is love? What are our ‘deeds’ without it?
·         Look over that list of character traits of love. Pray over that list. Which ones come naturally for you? Which ones are a struggle? How can you love ‘better’ in those areas?
·         What does it mean you to that God is all of those things for you?
·         How can you show love to a neighbor, friend, family member, co-worker, enemy, or stranger today?

The video referenced in the sermon is from The Bible Project.

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