The Law: A Gracious Gift
As Moses continues preaching to Israel, he recounts to them the covenant God made with them at Sinai. Central to this covenant are the 10 commandments. The glory and goodness of these laws known as the 10 commandments are timeless and universally applicable for every time period and every culture. And as we will see, it was a gracious act of God to give Israel the 10 commandments and it is a gracious gift to us as well.
- If someone said to you, ‘Israel was saved by their works but we in the church era are saved by grace through faith’, how would you respond?
- In what ways is there continuity between God’s salvation in the Old Testament and in the New Testament?
- What statement stands before the ten commandments in both Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5? And why is this significant?
- What should have motivated an Israelite’s obedience to God’s Word and law? What should motivate our obedience to God’s commands of us?
- What must we do to be saved? Read John 6:28-29.
- How is God’s law good and how is it a gracious gift?
- How does the meaning and significance of the Sabbath get richer and richer as the biblical storyline unfolds?
- Should we desire to and indeed obey the 10 commandments? Why or why not?