Rules. Rules. Rules. At some point in your life, you have been frustrated with a rule that seemed arbitrary or unfair. Don’t you know at least one experience with a regulation that left you wondering: why do I have to follow this?
One of the most famous sets of rules in human history is that list known as the Ten Commandments. For some, this list includes examples of rules that seem outdated, unnecessary or restrictive.
But what if we looked at them differently? What if we don’t simply look at what they prohibit but also look at what they promote? From this vantage point, these commandments actually provide a framework for understanding how to flourish in life and the dangers that can get in the way. So, in this series, we will look again at the Ten Commandments and discover, that for us as Christians, they actually serve as guidelines and guardrails.
Devotional & Discussion Questions
The Way of Worship
“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” (Exodus 20:4-6)
What is prohibited?
Ways I may do this. I view God as:
- My divine employer
- A merciless judge
- My genie in a bottle
- Distant and disinterested
What can happen when I do this?
“You saw no form of any kind the day the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape…” (Deuteronomy 4:15-16)
A diminished view of God can distort my life.
“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation…And he is the head of the body, the church…For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” (Colossians 1:15-20)