Sunday Recap for July 27, 2014
July 28, 2014 | by: Phil Wages | 0 Comments
On Sunday morning we looked at the seventh commandment in a sermon I entitled, "It's More than Just About Sex (Exodus 20:14)."
TEXTUAL IDEA: God commanded married couples in Israel to not have sex with anyone other than their own spouses.
SERMON IDEA: It is a sin for anyone to have sexual relations with anyone other than their own spouses.
I. The Explanation of the Commandment.
Leviticus 20:10, 14: The man who commits adultery with another man’s wife, he who commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress, shall surely be put to death. 14 If a man marries a woman and her mother, it is wickedness. They shall be burned with fire, both he and they, that there may be no wickedness among you.
Deuteronomy 22:24: then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city, and you shall stone them to death with stones, the young woman because she did not cry out in the city, and the man because he humbled his neighbor’s wife; so you shall put away the evil from among you.
Deuteronomy 17:6-7: Whoever is deserving of death shall be put to death on the testimony of two or three witnesses; he shall not be put to death on the testimony of one witness. The hands of the witnesses shall be the first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So you shall put away the evil from among you.
II. The Spiritualization of the Commandment.
Leviticus 20:6: And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people.
Deuteronomy 31:16: And the Lord said to Moses: “Behold, you will rest with your fathers; and this people will rise and play the harlot with the gods of the foreigners of the land, where they go to be among them, and they will forsake Me and break My covenant which I have made with them.”
Hosea 1:2: When the Lord began to speak by Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea: “Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry and children of harlotry, for the land has committed great harlotry by departing from the Lord.”
Revelation 21:9: Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.”
III. The Implications of the Commandment.
A. It speaks to the importance of marital faithfulness.
Genesis 2:24-25: Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
1 Corinthians 7:2-4: Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.
B. It speaks to the importance of sexual faithfulness.
1 Corinthians 6:15-17: Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
C. It speaks to the importance of spiritual faithfulness.
1 Corinthians 6:18-20: Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
IV. The Core of the Commandment.
Matthew 5:27-28: You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
V. The Keeping of the Commandment.
A. Be real: It could happen to you!
2 Samuel 11:2: Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold.
1 Corinthians 10:12: Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
B. Be ready: It could come to you!
Job 31:1: I have made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I look upon a young woman?
C. Be radical: It does not have to happen to you!
Matthew 5:29: If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
D. Be repentant: It does not have to ruin you!
1 Corinthians 6:9-11: Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
Martyn Lloyd-Jones: Even adultery is not the unforgivable sin. It is a terrible sin, but God forbid that there should be anyone who feels that he or she has sinned himself or herself outside the love of God or outside His kingdom because of adultery. No; if you truly repent and realize the enormity of your sin and cast yourself upon the boundless love and mercy and grace of God, you can be forgiven and I assure you of pardon.
Lloyd-Jones didn’t stop there, he added this comment: But hear the words of our blessed Lord: “Go, and sin no more.”
On Sunday evening we looked at Luke 10:1-12. I skipped a couple of paragraphs at the end of chapter 9 that I will pick up on a later date. The first 24 verses of chapter 10 describe the mission that all of us have been called to by Jesus to advice the gospel. For the sake of brevity, I looked at verses 1-12.
TEXTUAL IDEA: Luke recorded how Jesus sent seventy disciples out to accomplish His mission.
SERMON IDEA: We should be prepared in the mission of Jesus.
How can we be prepared in the mission of Jesus?
These verses explain several ways we can be prepared in the mission of Jesus.
I. Be prepared to represent Jesus (1).
Deuteronomy 19:15: One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established.
Luke 9:52: and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him.
II. Be prepared to work for Jesus (2).
1. Intensive work (2a).
Matthew 9:37: Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
2. Prayerful work (2b).
Matthew 9:38: Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
III. Be prepared to risk for Jesus (3-4).
Matthew 10:16: Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
Luke 22:35: And He said to them, “When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?” So they said, “Nothing.”
IV. Be prepared to be received for Jesus (5-9).
Matthew 10:12-13: And when you go into a household, greet it. If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.
Matthew 10:7-8: And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
V. Be prepared to be rejected for Jesus (10-12).
Matthew 10:14-15: And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!
Mark 6:11: And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!”