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J. I. Packer explodes universal misconceptions in regards to the Ten Commandments and provides readers God's blueprint for relational, religious, and societal health. they can be mistakenly thought of God's "rules"-his superseded record of do's and don'ts that upload as much as a guilt-ridden, legalistic lifestyle. yet as loved writer and Bible pupil J. I. Packer probes the aim and precise that means of the 10 Commandments, readers will gladly notice that those precepts can aptly be referred to as God's layout for the simplest lifestyles attainable. They include the knowledge and priorities someone wishes for relational, non secular, and societal blessing-and it is all coming from a loving heavenly Father who wishes the simplest for his teenagers. not just does Packer carry those truths in short, readable segments, yet he comprises dialogue questions and concepts for additional research on the finish of every bankruptcy. This publication will problem readers to view the commandments with new eyes and support them to understand--perhaps for the 1st time--the well-being, the desire, and the historical past we are provided there.

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The God who redeemed Jews from Egyptian slavery has redeemed Christians from bondage to sin and to Satan at the cost of Calvary. Now it is by keeping his law that the liberty thus secured is to be preserved. Fhzqujbo! cpoebhf! Dpnnboenfout “the land which the LORD your God is giving you” (verse 12), as he showed “steadfast love to thousands” of those who loved him and kept his commands (verse 6). But for Israel then, as for Christians now, the deeper truth was this: keeping God’s law brings that deeper freedom (inner contentment) at which the tenth commandment tells us to aim.

God spoke all these words, saying, ‘I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of . . slavery. You shall . . ). What God is and has done determines what his people must be and do. So study of the Decalogue should start by seeing what it tells us about God. First, he is the God of creation and covenant. The fourth commandment says that he made heaven, earth, sea, “and all that is in them” (verse 11). You and I and everything else exist, then, not independently, but by God’s will and power. With this, the five-times-repeated formula, “the LORD [Yahweh] your God” (verses 2, 5, 7, 10, 12) reveals a covenant commitment.

But in either case it highlights his self-existence, eternity, and sovereignty. The added words “your God,” however, point to a special relationship for which “covenant” is the regular biblical term. ” “Your Maker is your husband” (Isaiah 54:5). There is no richer declaration of God’s love-link with the redeemed than the simple phrase “your God,” along with others equally simple: “God to you” (Genesis 17:7); “I am with you” (Haggai 1:13; so also said Jesus, Matthew 28:20); “God is for us” (Romans 8:31).

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