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The Law and the Goodness of God

May 20, 2018 Speaker: Larry Malament

Verse: Exodus 20:1–20:2

Sermon Quotes:

Philip Ryken: “God’s relationship with his people is personal because the true and living God is a personal God who knows his people in a personal way. Notice that when God first called to Moses, he called him by name: Moses, Moses.”

Sinclair Ferguson: “The exodus was itself a restoration, intended to be seen as a kind of re-creation. The people were placed in a kind of Eden – a land flowing with milk and honey. There, as in Eden, they were given commands to regulate their lives to the glory of God. Grace and duty, privilege and responsibility, indicative and imperative were the order of the day as they lived before God and with one another.  As the foundation of these applications, God gave them the Decalogue.  Fast forward to Calvary and the coming of the Spirit. As Moses ascended Mt. Sinai and brought down the Law on tablets of stone, now Christ has ascended into the heavenly Mount, but in contrast to Moses, he has sent down the Spirit who rewrites the law not now merely on tablets of stone but on our hearts.”

Philip Ryken: “When the children of Israel asked why they had to keep God’s law, their parents were supposed to tell them a story. The only way they could understand the meaning of the law was by knowing its context, which was the experience of the exodus – the story of their salvation. First the gospel, then the law.”