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August 2, 2022 4:00 am
As Christians we are commanded not to allow anything to take God's place now.
That may sound like an easy law for believers to uphold. But today on Truth for Life will discover how even good things and good people can replace God in our hearts and minds. Alastair Greg is teaching from Exodus chapter 20, focusing on verse three God says the writer engines running is unique. Deuteronomy chapter 4 in verse 39 it should turn to it if you would like to see Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy chapter 4 is very important when you're talking your friends Deuteronomy 439 this is what God says, acknowledge, and take to heart the state of the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below. I am so sick of his mother Earth. John, I'm fed up with it all add fed up with the these people on channel 3, five and eight sitting there as if they were in charge of the weather or they are in touch with somebody who is in charge of the web mother nature will beige shining on the air show this afternoon. All yeah it's bogus lesson, acknowledge, and take to heart this day that the Lord is God in heaven above, he makes it rain. He makes a drought and he's in charge on the earth below. There is no other nobody else. No one else. I see them easily back to the corner doesn't because our culture says we don't want you having to God providing you just got a God but we don't want you coming here with the God story. We can have a God story of another, the God story is after all this is around of competition is only on the McDonald's, Burger King, yellow Burger King on the right of an Arby's and a seemingly taught God. Everybody says of the little stall below the average university got a little deity set in. The last thing the world you want to do is to be thought something about your interest-free who says you know I think Deuteronomy 439's or somebody say here, there is no other rather than the God who made us, and because of that he says in verse 14 keep his decrees and his commands, which I am giving you today so that it may go well with you and with your children after you and that you may live long in the land the Lord your God gives you for all time. In other words, I'm God. I thought it up. This is all you should do it, do this is really good. But if you want to bring home a tumble dryer and try and at makes concrete for new patio in the back of your house is not a smart 90 there is not a tumble dryer made that will do that job the way that the concrete mixer is supposed to do it. I don't suggest that you put your laundry in accompaniments because it when put together for the this God that we worship his Creator, he is unique as we saw in a previous study he is plural. He's powerful. He's perfect and he's praiseworthy you should write us for things down perfect doctrine of God, all you need to do that is gone find the whole Bible explaining those four words the God that we worship the God who reveals himself here in Exodus chapter 2 is plural. In other words, he is father son and Holy Spirit. The cults can do anything with that they don't have the idea for Trinity. Hinduism says there have been many avatars.
Christianity says God has revealed himself only once. Both Hinduism and Christianity cannot both be right, one is wrong. Judaism says that God is totally monotheistic. He is Yahweh he is Jehovah.
Christianity says Jesus is God.
We cannot both be right. Islam says this Buddhism says that Christianity system again about the right. The hundred year congregation of the religions of the world got off to a flying start.
Everybody said what a wonderful time were going to have is little Johnny with his idea and then Fred and Billy, and they're all here Mary as well and there is one things that God is the father. One things is the mother wanting God is monotheistic is the Trinity oil.
It's going to be wonderful says the writer, the beginning of the week when we all get together and discover that we all believe the same thing. Did you read the articles about Thursday, Friday, it was fantastic but the Moslems were kicking up a right shindig with the Buddhists. The Buddhists were blowing out that Harry Krishna's that Harry Krishna's were taped off with somebody else and all thing was a major dog's breakfast was thing this Jew and all, says the writer.
Although he agreed that his mascot they cannot agree on the solution can be because this is God's infallible truth because God as he reveals himself is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is one in essence they are coequal from all eternity.
He is the triune God. He is plural. He is powerful, he speaks and it happens he is perfect he is without flaw. He is self existent and he is more the of our praise. That man would not say has in nature been good to us.
But all that man would say what a wonderful Almighty God who is chosen to do these receipt that only happens by grace, by nature, man is confused why is this important what is important for multiple reasons despite the fact that all these people go to church. Let me quote you although 95% of Americans say they believe in God is by no means clear that the acknowledge the God of biblical revelation who speaks to them from beyond himself and awakens in men and women a sense of dependency, a sense of moral unworthiness and a sense of obligation to do his will. So say what I want to get religious and I want to come to church.
Okay, come along to church visit Parkside church or what's it like while it's it's like a lot of things but I mean what will happen if I come in there and he will I feel good while what you mean to me you will that will the seats feel comfortable. The seats are comfortable about what I will I feel like like it like I'm a good guy will probably not not like your wife out here. Good guy want your friends or something else.
The Bible speaks that way that you feel great, but if the Bible says your bad guy feel like a bad guy. And guess what, if you don't like feeling like a bad guy you're never coming back because if your view of God is that he exists to make you feel like a good guy. The only place you're never going to go and worship is someplace where God fits your bill and men and women today are unwilling to admit what they have to admit to start a relationship with God. A tall number one I'm a sinner. Americans that I talked to use the word God with a large G to refer to a general principle of good in life. God is a cosmic principle of God is a force or God is whatever you want them to be. But the idea that God is self existent and he is to be feared and he is to be alive is nowhere in the reckoning.
So we got a paradox that is that while a knowledge of this God of the Bible and a knowledge of the Bible and a commitment to the core beliefs of historic Christianity.
While all of those things plummet. America remains one of the most religious countries in the world but at the expense of truth at the expense of the God of Revelation at the expense of the reality of Scripture at the expense of a commitment to the core beliefs that have underpinned all that built this place on the foundation on which it now stand, were on shaky ground. That's why I say to you, these are days of great opportunity to talk to our friends in these lines to engage them in conversation and enough of this being known as a bunch of crazy people waving things and tramping around. We meet people one at a time. Life's are their life's there's good there's bad there's problems there success. There's questions. There's everything by and large, many of them are confused. Some have a background that is that is understanding these things. Some of them come from slogans are not going to do it right. Expressions of the religious right will not transform men and women's light going to take a painstaking commitment to engage in dialogue concerning truth concerning the law concerning the Bible and loved ones SAT this morning. You cannot do that unless you learn your Bible unless you know the truth, and unless you're sensitive to those things. So when you say to people you know where this thing on the 10 Commandments. Something to say. Opening 10 Commandments is not a dry weeded similar sermon was a bit of a drag to the 10 Commandments there not know okay why is that and then you can start to tell John that we must do this because of who God is and because of what God's done is not what he says here in Exodus 20 says the reason I want you to do this is because I redeemed you I redeemed you. I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery, having brought them out given the law. Why to redeem all different in their way of life. What is happened to us first Peter chapter 1 verses 18 and 19. Check when you find it. He says we have been redeemed with corruptible things like silver and gold. We have been redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus.
We have been set free. Realizing were unable to keep God's standard casting ourselves upon God so that Christ would give to us what we do not deserve, then having been redeemed. We want to find out how to live a number one you shall have no other gods before me.
Okay, let's finally talk about God's smoky what is mean you shall no other gods before me, or in your translation might read besides me well and it would be like taking a second wife while your first wife is still alive and well in happy to be your wife. It would be the breach of an exclusive relationship. And God says I am in an exclusive relationship with you. I have pursued you. I have redeemed you. I am your God, and therefore you shouldn't have any other gods that take my place. Now we need to realize and will say this again again going through these 10 Commandments that the Commandments are not restricted to outward actions, but they are also relating to the disposition of our minds and our I don't about you, but I think I come to the First Amendment and I look at this and I and I picture scenes from from some subcontinent of the world with people dancing round polls are bowing down before statutes or going through elaborate incantations and rituals and mantras and so on. And I say format. I'm glad I was born where I was born so we don't have to really about worry about the first commandment because were not into any advanced government we have a First Amendment down. You shall have no other gods before me that it was done. God's none of those idols know that stuff when a burning a like tissue paper, like on the streets of Hong Kong taking perfectly good apples and oranges and leaving them there to rot, waiting for the little deity to come by and feeling like a Granny Smith summer afternoon were not as stupid stuff. We got it down. Hey wait a minute before you go to quickly.
You see in paganism. The reason that they do all of those things in relation to God is because they believe that God exists for them and so if they will do something for its or him or her. Then he in turn will do something for them. So therefore, we come along, and we do our little ceremonies and then we seem to make God obligated to us.
We see our mantras, then God fills in forest. We do our incantations and then God does something for that's the view of paganism to you and is that's the view of paganism. That's the view of secular America. We don't know who it is. But we figure he's out there somewhere and if we find out what you're supposed to do that we can obligate him or her or it was all will be well. So before we start congratulating ourselves that we would TVs with computers. Therefore, presumably, will have a problem with these gloves with a small G lesson all these things all of the advances in technology and all of the improvements for which we are thankful cannot mask the deep foolishness and immaturity that pervades our culture. Think about this the best campus is now in the American University context.
Those that are on the forefront. What is he doing there, establishing professorial chairs for coats for feminine deities and for new age nonsense. I'm interested in the brochures and check just to find out is to what the people who put the man on the moon are thinking about worshiping the air. All these scientific rationalists who woke up one morning, the end of the 19th century and realize how smart they could be are talking about worshiping some kind of feminine female God, deity.
Why, because when men and women cease to believe in the God of Revelation. They don't believe in nothing, they start to believe in and that's where we it's not men and women don't believe in God it is that they believe in God's and any belief in, we God's means that were not believing in the God of Revelation. So this morning if that Fits place where think of those it was even who profess faith in Jesus Christ and we would want to go out and say oh yeah we we got this one really buttoned down. When we understand that we are not going to put any other gods in God's place. Can I ask you the comprehensive understanding of the role of God within your life.
I'm not asking you divorce from me up and ask myself the question this week is God in charge of your Mondays. Do you have a view of God in charge of your work or his work. Another department under the control of a different head of the department, namely another little deity is God in control of your relationships of your comings and goings of your dating game or is that actually in the Department of another little deity is God in charge of the success quotient of your life and of mine of our aspirations, and our dreams are apparent successes of our amassing of things and of stuff is this God of Revelation in charge or have we delegated it to some deity to the degree that I am anyone else or anything else to enable me to make my decisions which I had to make simply in obedience to God.
I am violating the first, when I put my job and the privileges of my task before God himself. I have begun to worship the privilege of preaching when you worship your family as if you are going to have your family forever.
You are no longer worshiping God. I want to go so far as to say that when you are. I put our families no matter how much we feel the right to be committed to our families in places that is God's alone and we just filing to the first or your wife or your husband or your girlfriend or the one you're going to marry your general let me end by turning you just to two versus in the Old Testament Jeremiah 9 Joshua 24 God speaks through the prophet Jeremiah says I'm commanding you today if you want to start boasting to make sure that you don't boast about these few things verse 23. This is what the Lord says let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this, that he understands and knows me that I am the Lord who exercises kindness and justice and righteousness on the earth. For in these I delight, declares the Lord. Is it right to be physically fit, definitely. Do we really need to stand in front of those mirrors all the time preening ourselves, probably not as recreation wrong. Definitely not his golf good depends how you play whenever even good things and good people take my heart and I have ceased from obeying the first commandment. The final verse is in the book of Joshua and in verse 24 Joshua 24 you know the situation well. The covenant is being reviewed.
Joshua has rehearsed the way that God is let his people out. He's given them a land and he's done all these things for them and then Joshua stands him up and he says now listen verse 14 fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness throwaway than God, your forefathers worship beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord but is serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve as a fine of the matter is, will serve something or will serve someone and every one of us. When we walk out of these doors. This morning we go out to serve and worship. We worship at all kinds of shrines and all kinds of ways, and the question is even worship the living God. Are you going to serve these other guards choose whether you will serve God, or whether the gods your forefather Sarah beyond the river of the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord this morning.
Where are you in relationship to this First Amendment.
God's law has been written on all of our consciences, but only in Christ is it written on our hearts. Ask yourself in this dying moment who's in charge of my life who's on the throne of my life who calls the shots in my who takes first place in my life. I am the Lord your God, he says, you shall have no other gods before me is important that we seriously consider who is really in charge of our lives listing to Truth for Life. Alistair Begg returns in a minute to close today's program. Alister just mentioned how vital it is for us to understand what the Bible says so we can talk to others about God and his word.
That's why at Truth for Life were committed to teaching the Bible with clarity and relevance every single day. We believe Scripture is true and it teaches us all we need to know about life and God, including why the 10 Commandments are still relevant today. We trust God will work through the teaching you hear on this daily program to convert unbelievers to help believers become more established in their faith and to encourage pastors and strengthen local churches.
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We want your truths to take root in our heart we want to hear your word in the Bible we want to understand it and we want to live it. We want you to help us to get rid of little gods that we begun to include in our thinking gods of our Luke's party go of our success of our acquisitions help us Lord not to worship their and then help us tomorrow when we feel like worshiping there again to remember that we said today that we didn't help us to help one another in this is all of us are learners from the one who knows the answer and made a love of the Lord Jesus drives to himself. May the joy of the Lord Jesus give us strength to obey his command and may the peace of the Lord Jesus keep our hearts and minds today and forever, Bob join us tomorrow will continue our encore 2022 series will find out how Jesus turned the earthly definition of love completely on its head Bible teaching of Alistair Begg is furnished by Truth for Life Learning is for Living