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Sermon #5211

The Message of the Bible Today

A Sermon on Exodus 20:1-26


Exodus 20:1-26 ESV KJV
And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything …

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Sermon Description

Humans are unable to live in right relationship with one another because they are not in right relationship with God. In this sermon from Exodus 20:1–26 titled “The Message of the Bible Today,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows that at every opportunity throughout Scripture, humanity failed to dwell in obedience to God. Adam, Noah, Abraham—they all failed. Even when God gave the Israelites the Ten Commandments, they were unable to live in obedience. Scripture highlights God’s holiness and the depravity of sin in humanity with the sole purpose of turning people’s eyes to Jesus Christ. The greatest need is to live in right relationship with God and this is accomplished because sins were punished in Christ. Dr. Lloyd-Jones asks, “has the law of God brought you to Christ?” When one considers the state of humanity and their inability to live in obedience, Dr. Lloyd-Jones encourages turning to the character of God and the gift of His Son.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The supreme thing in life is to be in a right relationship with God.
  2. God first, man second. The order is absolutely vital.
  3. The modern world proves the case of the Bible to the very hilt. More and more during the last hundred years, and especially in this century, man has been trying to live entirely apart from God.
  4. History proves invariably that when mankind does honor God, its human relationships solve themselves.
  5. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. If I look at myself and look at other men and women apart from God, what is it? Well, it's this. I set myself up as a God, and they do the same. I want everything for myself. So do they. And the result is clashes. Inevitably, we both want the same thing. Therefore we fight and quarrel.
  6. God revealed himself as the all powerful and the eternal God.
  7. God revealed his holiness. He is a holy God. We can't conceive of it.
  8. God is light and in him is no darkness at all.
  9. God revealed that he is the judge, eternal visiting.
  10. God tells us what he demands of us and he tells us first of all what he demands of us as regards himself.
  11. Thou shalt have no other gods beside me. He is the only God.
  12. Neither must we make any graven image.
  13. We are not to take his name in vain.
  14. We are not to take his day in vain either,
  15. In the second table, he tells us about our relationship to one another.
  16. Thou shalt honor thy father and thy mother.
  17. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit murder.
  18. Thou shalt not commit adultery,
  19. Thou shalt not steal.
  20. Thou shalt not bear false witness against your neighbor
  21. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house.
  22. God gave all this in order to teach us something else. Which is this, that we can never carry all this out.
  23. The law, says the Lord Jesus Christ is this, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and all thy soul and all thy mind and all thy strength. Have you done it?
  24. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh. The law is perfect. Yes, but show me the men who can keep it.
  25. God's demands must be satisfied. God's law must be fulfilled.
  26. God has sent his only son from heaven to earth. He took on the likeness of human flesh, and as a man, he kept it absolutely.
  27. My sins were punished in Christ. And God therefore can justly forgive me.
  28. The ten Commandments tell us that that was the only way in which even God can forgive sin.
  29. God must be just. God must keep his character. God must punish sin. God has punished sin.
  30. This law drives me to Christ. I have forgiveness in him and in him alone.
  31. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh. God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh. And for sin, condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit, still in Christ, you see, it is all in Christ.
  32. Christ makes one new men. He abolishes the enmity. He breaks down the middle wall of partition.
  33. Has the law of God brought you to Christ? If it hasn't, nothing else will. And until you see its meaning and its message, you remain in your sins and under the wrath of God.

Old Testament

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.