439 (Transcribed from actual tape) March 10, 1985 - AM
THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT
Let's go to the Lord in prayer together. "Our Father and our God, we thank
You for the joy and the privilege of worship. We come here not casually.
We trust we come here without preparation. Give to us a hunger for Thy pre-
cepts. Give to us a desire for Your best in our living. Father, I pray
that You will speak now, and let me get out of the way so that Thy Word and
Thy message alone might be heard, received, understood and implied into our
lifestyles. Father, we pray that we'll never be the same because You have
tabernacled among us in this place of excitement, this place of inspiration,
this place of commitment. For we make this prayer in the strong, holy name
of Jesus Christ, our Savior and our Lord. Amen."
Moses received the Ten Commandments from God on Mount Sinai. Most of us
in studying stop right at this point. We forget that scholarly rabbis have
read the rest of the book of Exodus and have looked at other precepts God
gave to Moses on Sinai and discovered He did not just give him ten, but He
gave him six hundred and thirteen principles, precepts, laws - some would
say commandments - on that holy mountain. Can you imagine it? Six hundred
Now, David,in Psalm 15, took six hundred and thirteen rules and narrowed
them down to eleven rules. Isaiah took those eleven rules in the thirty-
third chapter, and he narrowed them down to six rules. Micah took those
six rules and he narrowed them down to three rules. And Habakkuk took
three rules and said, "I'm going to summarize all of the law," and he came
up with this phrase, "The just shall live by faith."
Now to understand the great commandment, we have to understand the clim ...
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