Sunday Recap for July 20, 2014
July 22, 2014 | by: Phil Wages | 0 Comments
It was great to get back into the pulpit after being at the beach for a week. We had baby dedication on Sunday morning and had lots of guests for this special occassion. We had other guests as well. It was a great day overall.
On Sunday morning I continued my summer series on the Ten Commandments with a sermon entitled, "Live and Let Live (Exodus 20:13).
TEXTUAL IDEA: God instructed the Israelites by this commandment not to murder another human being.
SERMON IDEA: This command forbids the unlawful killing of a human being.
I. The Explanation of the Commandment.
Exodus 21:12: He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death.
Leviticus 24:17: Whoever kills any man shall surely be put to death.
Deuteronomy 4:42: that the manslayer might flee there, who kills his neighbor unintentionally, without having hated him in time past, and that by fleeing to one of these cities he might live.
II. The Theology of the Commandment.
A. God is the originator of life.
Genesis 1:26-27: Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
B. God is sovereign over life.
James 4:13-15: Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”
C. God is just over life.
Deuteronomy 32:39: ‘Now see that I, even I, am He, and there is no God besides Me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; nor is there any who can deliver from My hand.
III. The Misunderstanding of the Commandment.
A. This commandment does not prohibit capital punishment.
Genesis 9:5-6: Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man. Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God He made man.
Romans 13:4: For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.
B. This commandment does not prohibit just war.
Matthew 22:39: And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
IV. The Savior of the Commandment.
John 19:16: Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led Him away.
Isaiah 53:7: He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.
Acts 2:23: Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death.
V. The Application of the Commandment.
A. Murder is a hatred problem.
Matthew 5:21-22: “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.
B. Murder is a heart problem. Mark 7:20-23: And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”
1 John 3:15: Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
C. Murder is a negligence problem.
Deuteronomy 22:8: When you build a new house, then you shall make a parapet for your roof, that you may not bring guilt of bloodshed on your household if anyone falls from it.
1 John 3:17: But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
Psalm 139:13-14: For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.
D. Murder is a cultural problem.
Genesis 4:23-24: Then Lamech said to his wives: “Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; wives of Lamech, listen to my speech! For I have killed a man for wounding me, even a young man for hurting me. If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, then Lamech seventy-sevenfold.”
Judges 21:25: In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
On Sunday evening I preached, "They Just Can't Get It Done" out of Luke 9:37-50.
TEXTUAL IDEA: Luke recorded four instances where the disciples could not minister on the behalf of Jesus.
SERMON IDEA: We should be aware of instances that can prevent us from ministering on behalf of Jesus.
What kind of instances may occur that can prevent us from ministering on behalf of Jesus?
This text reveals four types of instances that can prevent us from ministering on behalf of Jesus.
I. We must beware of a lack of faith (37-42).
Numbers 14:26-27: And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who complain against Me? I have heard the complaints which the children of Israel make against Me.
Mark 9:22-24: And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
II. We must beware of a lack of understanding (43-45).
Mark 9:32: But they did not understand this saying, and were afraid to ask Him.
Luke 2:50: But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.
Luke 18:34: But they understood none of these things; this saying was hidden from them, and they did not know the things which were spoken.
III. We must beware of a lack of humility (46-48).
Matthew 18:5: Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.
John 12:44: Then Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me.
John 13:20: Most assuredly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.
IV. We must beware of a lack of cooperation (49-50).
Mark 9:38-41: Now John answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.” But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. For he who is not against us is on our side. For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.