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God Carved His Love in Stone

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September 18, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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God Carved His Love in Stone

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Somebody once told me
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  • that it was a truth so simple
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  • it didn't need to be written about.
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  • And I said, "No, it's a truth so profound,
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  • I don't feel worthy to write about it."
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  • You know, a lot of people
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  • are really confused about God's love.
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  • He doesn't love the way we do.
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  • We love others because of what they do for us.
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  • He loves us because it's his nature to love.
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  • And when you know the love of God,
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  • it's the most amazing thing.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I was looking for a way to help people
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  • simply understand God's love.
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  • The love of God is like a universe
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  • you've never been to before
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  • and when you try to understand it
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  • from God's perspective, you know,
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  • we're not equipped to do that.
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  • And what I've tried to do in, "God Loves You:
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  • He Always Has and He Always Will,"
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  • is to echo the heart of God to the people of the world.
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  • The interesting thing about knowing God
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  • is to realize that God has always loved us,
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  • and it's just the most wonderful thing when we discover that
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  • because then we can start loving him back.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: The Bible actually says, God is love.
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  • When you know that, you know,
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  • when you know somebody loves you,
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  • when you know God loves you,
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  • it makes all the difference.
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  • male announcer: Coming up on this episode
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  • of "Turning Point,"
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  • Dr. Jeremiah will reveal something you may be missing
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  • about God's love in his series, "God Loves You."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Before he ever gave one commandment,
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  • God said, "I want you to make sure you understand
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  • that the context of these things I'm gonna tell you,
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  • the context is my great eternal love.
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  • announcer: That's just ahead on "Turning Point."
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  • announcer: Discover what you could be missing
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  • about God's love in Dr. David Jeremiah's book,
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  • "God Loves You."
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  • Inside, Dr. Jeremiah explains how the profound truth
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  • of God's love can transform the way you live.
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  • As you read, you'll uncover ten features of God's love
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  • that you may have never fully understood before
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  • as Dr. Jeremiah tells how experiencing God's love
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  • has the potential to answer every question,
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  • solve every problem, and satisfy
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  • the deepest yearnings of the heart.
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  • "God Loves You" is yours as a thank you when you give
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  • a gift of any amount in support of this program.
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  • And if you support "Turning Point"
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  • with a gift of $60 or more,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah will send you the "God Loves You" set,
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  • which includes that "God Loves You" book,
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  • and the DVD album containing
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  • Dr. Jeremiah's complete teaching series.
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  • You'll also be able to follow along
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  • with Dr. Jeremiah's teaching
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  • using the "God Loves You" study guide,
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  • newly redesigned to include personal and group questions,
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  • plus a leader's guide.
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  • Also included in this set is
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  • the "Love Changes Everything" bookmark
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  • to remind you each day to be owned by God's love
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  • and to be known for your love as a believer.
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  • Experience how God's love changes everything.
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  • Order these resources when you support
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  • Contact us today.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Several years ago, I was witnessing to a young man
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  • trying to help him understand the gospel.
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  • He was typical of many
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  • of the generation that he represented.
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  • He kind of went off on me.
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  • He said, "I don't know why you think I should be a Christian.
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  • I mean, why would I want to be a Christian?
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  • It's just--well, you got all those rules."
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  • He said, "Christianity is, you know,
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  • the God up in heaven waiting for you to have fun,
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  • and he squashes it."
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  • And he went on, and I asked him about the rules.
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  • He said, "You know, the Ten Commandments."
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  • Well, first of all, ten's not a lot,
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  • but he represented what so many people think
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  • about the Christian faith,
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  • that because there are principles and guidelines
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  • that are given to us in the Word of God,
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  • that somehow that's a reflection of an unloving God
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  • who is trying to steal the joy out of life.
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  • So, in this message,
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  • I'm gonna do something I've never done before.
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  • I'm gonna try to do it in the time allotted to me,
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  • but I want to walk with you through the Ten Commandments.
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  • And I want you to discover with me again
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  • how each commandment only makes sense
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  • when we see it in the light of God's love.
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  • We'll come to realize that God
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  • has, indeed, carved his love in stone,
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  • and we will look for God's love in every commandment,
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  • and I promise you,
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  • you won't have to look very hard.
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  • We began in Exodus chapter 20 with the first three verses
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  • and the first commandment,
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  • I've called this the fundamental rule.
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  • "And God spoke all these words, saying: 'I am the Lord your God,
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  • who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
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  • out of the house of bondage.
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  • You shall have no other gods before Me."
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  • Some translations read,
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  • "You shall have no other gods beside me."
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  • So, when God made this statement that they should have
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  • no other god beside him, he was saying to them,
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  • in essence, "If you will have no other gods beside me,
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  • you can have me.
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  • But if you want me, you can't have any other gods."
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  • And he was protecting them
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  • from the pantheon of lifeless idols
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  • that we're going to grab hold of them
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  • as they walked into this new land.
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  • He was reminding them
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  • that they needed to keep their focus on who he was,
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  • and they needed to worship him and not get caught up
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  • in the idolatry they were gonna face in Canaan.
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  • The next rule is the focus rule, and it's interesting
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  • because the first rule tells us
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  • we have to worship the right God.
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  • And the second rule tells us
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  • we have to worship the right God in the right way.
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  • Notice, "You shall not make for yourself a carved image--
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  • any likeness of anything that is in heaven above,
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  • or that is in earth beneath,
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  • or that is in the water under the earth;
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  • you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.
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  • For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,
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  • visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children
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  • to the third and fourth generations
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  • of those who hate Me,
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  • but showing mercy to thousands,
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  • to those who love Me and keep My commandments."
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  • God is saying to us,
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  • don't get caught up in the idolatry of your day.
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  • We say, "We don't have idols, Pastor.
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  • I mean, where have you been? Well, are you--"
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  • Listen to me, we have American idols.
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  • [congregation laughing]
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: We have all kinds of idols, don't we?
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  • An idol's anything that gets in the way
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  • of your worship of God,
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  • and I could go through the list and you know it as well.
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  • We have our own pantheon of idols,
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  • materialism is one of the biggest ones.
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  • Whatever it is that gets in your way
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  • of worshiping God as the only God
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  • is an idol in your life.
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  • And the Bible says that when we follow these false gods,
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  • we convey to our children the wrong values.
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  • And the Bible says that what happens is these things
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  • that we do are generationally followed,
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  • and they have a legacy to them.
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  • Worship the right God, yes,
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  • but worship him in the right way.
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  • Don't let any idol get between you and God.
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  • Here's the third one, "the frivolous rule," in quotes.
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  • "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain,"
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  • verse 7, "for the Lord will not hold him guiltless
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  • who takes His name in vain."
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  • It's as if God is saying to us, "I love you so much,
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  • I do not want you to trivialize who I am
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  • because when you trivialize who I am,
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  • you are trivializing who you are because, you see,
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  • you are created in the image of God."
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  • If you demean Almighty God
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  • with the frivolous use of his name,
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  • you are at the very same time demeaning who you are
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  • as a child who is an image of God.
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  • The frivolous rule, don't take the Lord's name in vain
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  • because God loves you too much to let you trivialize who he is.
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  • Then there's the frailty rule.
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  • This is really an interesting one.
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  • "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
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  • Six days you shall labor and do all the work,
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  • but the seventh day is
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  • the Sabbath of the Lord your God.
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  • In it you shall do no work: nor your son,
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  • nor your daughter, nor your male servant,
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  • nor your female servant, nor your cattle,
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  • nor your stranger who is within your gates.
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  • For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth,
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  • the sea, and all that is in them,
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  • and rested the seventh day.
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  • Therefore the Lord blessed
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  • the Sabbath day and he hallowed it."
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  • The frailty rule.
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  • When Donna and I began
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  • our first ministry out of seminary,
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  • it was in a church in Haddon Heights, New Jersey.
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  • I was called there to be the youth pastor
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  • and the Christian ed director,
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  • and we had just come from four years
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  • of seminary training in Dallas.
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  • And both Donna and I were
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  • avid Dallas Cowboy football fans.
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  • To our dismay, when we arrived at our first assignment,
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  • we were told that watching TV on Sunday was forbidden,
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  • and that reading the Sunday newspaper
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  • was also frowned upon.
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  • I am sure I should not be telling you this,
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  • but I remember pulling the blinds down
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  • in the windows of our apartment so that no one
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  • would be able to see us watching the Dallas Cowboys.
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  • And we also snuck the newspaper in
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  • in a shopping bag on a routine basis.
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  • I did not understand it all back then,
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  • but they had transferred
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  • the legalism of the Old Testament
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  • to the observance of Sunday,
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  • and they actually called Sunday the Sabbath.
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  • How many of you know Sunday is not the Sabbath?
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  • Well, if you think legalism regarding Sunday,
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  • as they called it the Sabbath in that church,
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  • was out of control in that environment,
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  • you should read about the Pharisees.
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  • Do you know that the Pharisees of the New Testament constructed
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  • 1.521 things you could not do on the Sabbath,
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  • included among them were rescuing a drowning man.
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  • Don't go swimming on the Sabbath.
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  • You're in trouble if you're in trouble.
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  • You couldn't wear false teeth on the Sabbath because they
  • 00:10:57.100 --> 00:10:59.290
  • might fall out and if you put them in,
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  • that would be work.
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  • You think I'm kidding, don't you?
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  • You couldn't look in the mirror on the Sabbath,
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  • you might see a white hair and be tempted pluck it out
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  • and that would be work.
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  • What happened was, the people took
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  • that which God meant as a blessing
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  • and created a burden out of it.
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  • They created so many rules that it was almost like,
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  • "Oh, my goodness, here comes the Sabbath."
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  • God gave the Sabbath
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  • as a time of rest and reflection,
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  • a time of worship,
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  • a setting aside of the material for the spiritual.
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  • But like we always do, we take the good gifts of God
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  • and we mess them all up with our manmade ideas
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  • that give us the impression that we're doing something
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  • when God wants to just give to us
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  • his gift of love, the frailty rule.
  • 00:11:46.270 --> 00:11:50.070
  • Here's the fifth one, the family rule, verse 12,
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  • "Honor your father and your mother,
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  • that your days may be long upon the land,
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  • which the Lord your God is giving you."
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  • Now, the fifth rule begins
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  • the second half of the Ten Commandments.
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  • Let me explain to you, the first four commandments
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  • are Love the Lord your God
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  • with all your heart, soul, and mind.
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  • It's all about our relationship with God.
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  • The fundamental rule, the focus rule,
  • 00:12:11.210 --> 00:12:13.140
  • the frailty rule,
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  • all those rules have to do with worshiping God.
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  • But from the fifth commandment
  • 00:12:18.160 --> 00:12:20.070
  • all the way to the tenth commandment,
  • 00:12:20.080 --> 00:12:21.180
  • wherein the other part of it says,
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  • "Love your neighbor as yourself."
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  • The first four have to do with our relationship with God,
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  • the last six have to do
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  • with our relationship with each other,
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  • beginning with number five which says,
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  • "Honor your father and your mother."
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  • Now, we all know that this
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  • is usually interpreted in this way:
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  • families, you got children, these children need to obey you,
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  • they need to honor you.
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  • As they're growing up, as young children and teenagers,
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  • they're to honor their father and mother,
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  • and that we get that because in the New Testament
  • 00:12:50.090 --> 00:12:52.170
  • when Paul wrote about this to the Ephesians,
  • 00:12:52.180 --> 00:12:54.280
  • he started it this way,
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  • "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right."
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  • And so, there you have this command
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  • that children are to obey your parents.
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  • How many parents think that's a good thing,
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  • children obey your parents in the Lord, amen?
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  • But we don't understand
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  • that there's a transition after that
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  • and the rest of it isn't for little children,
  • 00:13:14.230 --> 00:13:16.230
  • the rest of it's for us who are adults.
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  • "Honor your father and mother,"
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  • which is the first commandment with promise,
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  • "that it may be well with you,
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  • and you may live long on the earth."
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  • When we are told to honor our parents,
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  • we are being instructed to care for them,
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  • especially when they are aged
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  • and beyond the ability to provide for themselves.
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  • We are to honor our parents, lest our children dishonor us.
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  • It's interesting that it says, "Those who honor their parents
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  • so as to provide a long life for them
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  • are usually themselves rewarded with longevity."
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  • The family was God's idea, and once again,
  • 00:13:55.070 --> 00:13:58.110
  • the fifth rule is an expression of God's love for us.
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  • God loves us, and he wants us to love those who need us.
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  • And the Bible says that when we love our parents,
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  • we're teaching our children how they should love us
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  • when we're in the place where our parents are.
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  • The sixth rule, the felony rule, "You shall not murder,"
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  • Exodus 20:13 quick, short, to the point.
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  • The Hebrew word for murder is used 13 times in the Bible,
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  • and here, it clearly refers to the fact
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  • that we are forbidden to kill, unauthorized, or with malice.
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  • Here's the reason, human life is
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  • the most precious and sacred thing in all of the world,
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  • and to end it or direct its ending
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  • is God's prerogative alone.
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  • We honor God's image in each other
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  • by consistently preserving life and by looking out
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  • for each other's welfare in all possible ways.
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  • And God is saying to us, "I created every human life,
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  • every human being from the baby in the womb
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  • who has not taken its first breath
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  • to the gray-headed, bearded patriarch
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  • who struggles to breathe every day.
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  • I love them all, and because I love them all,
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  • you may not touch them,
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  • nor may you even think ill of them in your heart.
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  • I love the one you hate so much,
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  • that I will not allow you to take his life,
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  • and I love you so much
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  • that I will not allow you to take it."
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  • You say, "Well, Pastor,
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  • I just took a little snooze here on this murder thing
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  • 'cause I'm no murderer."
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  • Well, before you go there, I don't have time to do it,
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  • but go to the New Testament
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  • and see what Jesus said about this.
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  • Jesus said that if we have hatred in our heart
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  • for another brother, for another person,
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  • if we say to another person,
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  • "Raca," which means, "You worthless thing,"
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  • if we say that, the Bible says
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  • we've committed murder in our heart.
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  • So, this is a reminder to us
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  • that we better keep our focus where it needs to be.
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  • God loves us too much to let us get caught up
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  • in the revenge, hate thing that consumes
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  • so many people in our world today.
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  • The felony rule, now here's the fidelity rule.
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  • This is an interesting one, very short again,
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  • "You shall not commit adultery."
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  • Now, adultery is simply
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  • the consensual sexual intercourse
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  • of a married woman
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  • with a man who is not her husband,
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  • or a married man
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  • with a woman who is not his wife.
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  • Adultery is a crime against marriage.
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  • How does this command reflect God's love?
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  • Here it is, here's
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  • the Heavenly Father saying to us, "My child,
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  • I want to spare you from the awful fallout
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  • of lust, adultery, and divorce.
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  • I don't want your children to have to go through
  • 00:16:43.020 --> 00:16:45.130
  • the confusion and pain of your marital breakup.
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  • I don't want your parents and your children's grandparents
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  • to have to find their way
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  • through the anguish of a fractured family.
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  • I don't want you to lose the respect
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  • of your friends and your co-workers.
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  • I don't want you to lay awake at night and grieve
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  • over the loss of the oneness
  • 00:16:59.240 --> 00:17:01.060
  • you once enjoyed with the wife of your youth.
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  • I don't want you to have to spend
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  • the rest of your days with the feelings of guilt
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  • that result from broken promises and shattered trust.
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  • I love you.
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  • I cannot allow you to ruin your life
  • 00:17:13.150 --> 00:17:15.130
  • with a fleeting moment of pleasure
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  • and because your fallen human nature
  • 00:17:17.180 --> 00:17:19.120
  • cares more about yourself than others,
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  • I have established this boundary to protect you.
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  • You may have sex mentally or physically
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  • only with your spouse."
  • 00:17:28.150 --> 00:17:33.010
  • Now, you say, "Pastor, that's really strong."
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  • But I tell you what, if you were in the place
  • 00:17:35.140 --> 00:17:38.110
  • where the pastors are,
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  • if you heard the stories we hear
  • 00:17:39.240 --> 00:17:41.280
  • and you experienced, sympathetically,
  • 00:17:41.290 --> 00:17:45.160
  • the pain that people go through
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  • because they don't listen to the things God tells them,
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  • you would not think this was too strong.
  • 00:17:51.000 --> 00:17:53.010
  • And in our churches today, we've almost gotten away
  • 00:17:53.020 --> 00:17:55.080
  • from ever saying anything like this so boldly.
  • 00:17:55.090 --> 00:17:57.280
  • So, where do the young people who are growing up in our church
  • 00:17:57.290 --> 00:18:00.260
  • ever find out that there is pain associated
  • 00:18:00.270 --> 00:18:04.020
  • with the violation of God's principles?
  • 00:18:04.030 --> 00:18:07.210
  • God doesn't tell us that we are not to commit adultery
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  • because he's trying to hurt us.
  • 00:18:12.180 --> 00:18:14.180
  • He tells us that because he loves us and he wants us
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  • not to experience the awful pain that comes with unfaithfulness
  • 00:18:17.080 --> 00:18:22.060
  • to those we claim to love, the fidelity rule.
  • 00:18:22.070 --> 00:18:27.170
  • Then there's the fraud rule.
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  • The fraud rule says, "You shall not steal."
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  • To the person who is tempted to steal,
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  • God is saying something like this,
  • 00:18:35.030 --> 00:18:37.120
  • "I don't want you to steal because I am your provider.
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  • You don't have to lower yourself to that kind of conduct
  • 00:18:42.030 --> 00:18:46.000
  • if you know me."
  • 00:18:46.010 --> 00:18:48.070
  • Someone said, "If you gave your six-year-old
  • 00:18:48.080 --> 00:18:50.030
  • a shiny new bike for her birthday
  • 00:18:50.040 --> 00:18:51.180
  • because you love her, and a neighborhood bully
  • 00:18:51.190 --> 00:18:53.290
  • pushed your daughter down and stole her bike,
  • 00:18:54.000 --> 00:18:55.240
  • how would you respond?
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  • You would be offended and angry that someone took away
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  • part of the voice that had said to your daughter, "I love you."
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  • God's provision are a daily voice to you
  • 00:19:06.150 --> 00:19:09.060
  • that says, "I love you,"
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  • and for that reason, he prohibits anyone
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  • from silencing his voice by stealing.
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  • Commandment number one is the fundamental rule.
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  • Number two is the focus rule.
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  • Number three's the frivolous rule.
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  • Number four is the frailty rule.
  • 00:19:24.120 --> 00:19:27.100
  • Number five's the family rule, and then the felony rule,
  • 00:19:27.110 --> 00:19:30.050
  • and the fidelity rule, and the fraud rule.
  • 00:19:30.060 --> 00:19:32.210
  • And number nine's the false witness rule.
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  • You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
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  • What is false witness? That means to lie.
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  • Don't lie to one another.
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  • "Why should I tell the truth, Pastor?"
  • 00:19:43.060 --> 00:19:44.220
  • Well, you're to tell the truth
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  • rather than bear false witness to your neighbor
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  • because speech is a social act
  • 00:19:47.290 --> 00:19:50.120
  • and speech is a relationship.
  • 00:19:50.130 --> 00:19:52.170
  • Did you know that many people want to deceive,
  • 00:19:52.180 --> 00:19:54.210
  • but I've never met anybody in my life
  • 00:19:54.220 --> 00:19:56.170
  • who wants to be deceived.
  • 00:19:56.180 --> 00:19:59.220
  • If I love my neighbor as I love myself,
  • 00:19:59.230 --> 00:20:02.080
  • I will want truth for my neighbor,
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  • therefore, I will be honest with him.
  • 00:20:04.160 --> 00:20:07.060
  • And here's what I know,
  • 00:20:07.070 --> 00:20:08.280
  • truth is the currency of God's kingdom.
  • 00:20:08.290 --> 00:20:11.050
  • If you're gonna do business in the kingdom of God,
  • 00:20:11.060 --> 00:20:13.240
  • then truth has got to be the coinage that you use.
  • 00:20:13.250 --> 00:20:17.110
  • Anyone who lies becomes, in that moment,
  • 00:20:17.120 --> 00:20:20.030
  • an agent of darkness because the Bible says
  • 00:20:20.040 --> 00:20:22.110
  • that the devil is the father of all lies.
  • 00:20:22.120 --> 00:20:26.150
  • When you tell a lie, you walk into his territory,
  • 00:20:26.160 --> 00:20:29.030
  • you make yourself vulnerable to his involvement in your life.
  • 00:20:29.040 --> 00:20:34.170
  • I've said this for so many years and I realize this is
  • 00:20:34.180 --> 00:20:37.120
  • so important to all of us
  • 00:20:37.130 --> 00:20:38.290
  • who are involved in organizations,
  • 00:20:39.000 --> 00:20:40.110
  • whether they're churches, or businesses, or whatever.
  • 00:20:40.120 --> 00:20:42.270
  • How many would agree with me,
  • 00:20:42.280 --> 00:20:44.070
  • if you would just be able to know the truth
  • 00:20:44.080 --> 00:20:47.010
  • about any situation,
  • 00:20:47.020 --> 00:20:48.150
  • you would pretty much always know what to do?
  • 00:20:48.160 --> 00:20:51.190
  • But the problem is knowing the truth.
  • 00:20:51.200 --> 00:20:54.210
  • If you're in the hiring business, good luck.
  • 00:20:54.220 --> 00:20:57.260
  • Nobody will give you a reference.
  • 00:20:57.270 --> 00:20:59.130
  • You don't know anything you can find out about that,
  • 00:20:59.140 --> 00:21:01.260
  • so you have to just try to--
  • 00:21:01.270 --> 00:21:03.220
  • you have to try to assess the truth.
  • 00:21:03.230 --> 00:21:06.090
  • You get into any kind of a disagreement or a problem.
  • 00:21:06.100 --> 00:21:08.200
  • If you could know the truth, you'd know what to do,
  • 00:21:08.210 --> 00:21:10.230
  • but you see, truth is what you need to have
  • 00:21:10.240 --> 00:21:13.020
  • If you're gonna go anywhere.
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  • You can't go anywhere unless you start with truth,
  • 00:21:14.160 --> 00:21:16.250
  • and for Christians, truth ought to be
  • 00:21:16.260 --> 00:21:19.170
  • just an absolute normal expectation of one another.
  • 00:21:19.180 --> 00:21:23.190
  • God says, "I love you so much that I don't want you to lie
  • 00:21:23.200 --> 00:21:27.250
  • because I'm in the business of making you holy,
  • 00:21:27.260 --> 00:21:30.120
  • and you cannot be made holy if your life is built on lies."
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  • That's what he says because of his love.
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  • And then, for the want of a better title,
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  • number ten's the final rule.
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  • "You shall not covet your neighbor's house;
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  • you shall not covet your neighbor's wife,
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  • nor his male servant, nor his female servant,
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  • nor his ox, nor his donkey,
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  • nor anything that is your neighbor's."
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  • Don't covet them.
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  • Don't want what somebody else has
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  • because when you want what somebody else has,
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  • what you're saying to God is,
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  • "Almighty God, you haven't been fair to me.
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  • You've given somebody else-- I want what you gave them."
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  • Coveting is a closeted spiritual crime
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  • that we commit in our hearts, and if we don't check it,
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  • it will burst out into some malicious attitude or action.
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  • You say, "How do I deal with covetousness?"
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  • Here it is, in the book of Hebrews
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  • and the 13th chapter and the 5th verse,
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  • "Let your conduct be without covetousness," how?
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  • "Be content with such things as you have,
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  • for he himself has said,
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  • 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.'"
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  • How many of you know, listen to me, if you have God,
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  • you shouldn't be covetous of anything else?
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  • If you have God, he's enough.
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  • You say, "Oh, but I need some money for my--"
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  • If you have God, he's enough.
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  • How many of you know that the world
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  • is primarily a world without God, and you have God?
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  • How dare you covet somebody else's material stuff
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  • when God has been so good
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  • to bring you into his eternal family?
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  • The writer of Hebrews takes us all the way back
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  • to the first commandment, and says if we have God,
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  • we have what we need.
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  • And if we trust God, we know that he will provide for us,
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  • he will meet the needs in our lives.
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  • So, looking back over this formidable list of rules,
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  • God says, "I want you to know how life works
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  • so that you can be successful at it."
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  • It's like he's given us the answers to the test
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  • before we even take the test
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  • so that we can pass the test with flying colors.
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  • That's the love of God revealed in the law of God.
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  • And once again, in the Ten Commandments
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  • we hear God say to us, "I love you,
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  • I always have, I always will.
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  • I loved you before you were born.
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  • I loved you when I gave the commandments.
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  • I always have loved you
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  • and you can trust me because I love you.
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  • I always have, I always will."
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  • for today's program, here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Good parents establish rules
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  • for their children because they love them,
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  • which is exactly the reason for our Heavenly Father's rules
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  • because he loves us.
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  • In fact, God's love went further
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  • than just giving us rules to protect us.
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  • His rules were given to lead us to Jesus Christ.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: God does not love us because of what is in us.
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  • He doesn't love us because of what we do or don't do.
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  • God loves us because he is love and it is his nature to love us.
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