The Original Top Ten: Introductory Message (1 of 11) by Jeff Ginn

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The Original Top Ten: Introductory Message (1 of 11)
Series: The Original Top Ten
Dr. Jeffery B. Ginn
Exodus 20:2

1. INTRODUCTION

1. Mark Twain told the story about a man who had memorized the Ten Commandments. He told Twain that his ambition was to go to the Holy Land, stand on the Mount and recite loudly the Ten Commandments. Twain replied, "Have you ever thought about just staying home and keeping them?"
2. The Ten Commandments are much in the news today. Can they be posted? Should they be removed from public venues? Personally I will tell you that I do not believe it detrimental to post the Ten Commandments. In fact, I believe quite the opposite. We have sought to silence any mention of God and His precepts to our own harm.
3. But, having stated my conviction, the more important issue is not whether we post the Ten Commandments on a wall. It is whether we are fulfilling the law by loving God and loving our neighbor as ourselves.
4. What I propose to do over the next eleven weeks is to take a fresh look at the original top ten.
5. Today we are going to lay a foundation. Please open your Bible to Exodus 20:2.
6. There are three planks to this foundation. To communicate these planks to you I'm going to use an acrostic. L-A-W.

2. "L" STANDS FOR LOVE (20:2 "who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery")

1. Before God launches into His demands of us, He reminds us of His love for us.
2. The Jewish people count this verse as the first of the ten commandments. It is foundational.
3. This is a God who worked to redeem us. We can be assured that what he commands is for our good.
1. When they were entrapped in Egypt with no hope, he rescued them.
2. When they were thirsty, he opened up a spring in the desert.
3. When they hungered, he fed them with manna and quail.
4. When He says, "Thou shalt not . . ." He is simply saying, "Don't hurt yourself."
5. When He says, "Thou shalt . . ." He is simply saying, "H ...


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