Martin Luther on the Ninth Commandment

This past weekend at Eastbrook, I spoke about the Ninth and Tenth Commandments from Exodus 20:16-17 in a message entitled “The Neighbor.” I came across an interesting quotation from Martin Luther about the Ninth Commandment:

Knowledge of sin does not entail the right to judge it. I may see and hear that my neighbor sins, but to make him the talk of the town is not my business….Those are called backbiters who are not content just to know but rush ahead and judge. Learning a bit of gossip about someone else, they spread it into every corner, relishing and delighting in it like pigs that roll in the mud and root around in it with their snouts. This is nothing else than usurping the judgment and office of God, pronouncing the severest kind of verdict and sentence, for the harshest verdict a judge can pronounce is to declare somebody a thief, a murderer, a traitor, etc. Whoever therefore ventures to accuse his neighbor of such guilt assumes as much authority as the emperor and all magistrates. For though you do not wield the sword, you use your venomous tongue to the disgrace and harm of your neighbor. (quoted in David Hazony, The Ten Commandments, pp. 214-215).

Set Me Free (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message at Eastbrook Church this past weekend entitled “Set Me Free” from our series, “Expecting a Miracle.”

Discussion Questions:

1. When was a time that you experienced God’s gracious hand of deliverance or provision in your life?

2. After the series of escalating miraculous events, Pharaoh finally let the Israelites go from their enslavement in Egypt. This weekend, we are talking about the miracle of that freedom at the Exodus but also as we draw near to our celebration of Jesus’ birth. In order to grasp the entire scope of the story, read Exodus 12:31-15:21. Before you begin your study, ask God to speak to you through the Scripture.

3. Describe in your own words what the first steps to freedom were like as recorded in Exodus 12:31-42.Read More »

Set Me Free

Expecting a Miracle 4This weekend I concluded our series, “Expecting a Miracle,” at Eastbrook Church, with a message entitled “Set Me Free.” In this message, I focused on the exodus from Egypt in Exodus 11-15. talked through three aspects of freedom the Israelites found in the Exodus:

  1. Liberation from the shackles of slavery
  2. Redemption by the blood of a lamb
  3. Salvation from the enemies that surround

I then connected those themes from the exodus from Egypt with freedom we experience in Jesus the Messiah, who is a liberator, redeemer, and savior.

The outline for the message is below, although I didn’t hold to it strictly. You can listen to the message online here or download it via the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also visit Eastbrook Church on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Wonder Working God (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message at Eastbrook Church this past weekend entitled “Wonder Working God” from our series, “Expecting a Miracle.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. Nearly everyone has some interesting Christmas memories. What was one of your most eventful Christmas holidays ever and why?
  2. When the Israelite people called out to God, He sent Moses as a deliverer.  Part of the deliverance was a series of miraculous events that opened the doorways for freedom for the Israelites. We will spend time in this study looking at Exodus 7:1-12:30, to explore the miraculous signs God did in Egypt. Before you begin your study, ask God to speak to you through the Scripture.
  3. How would you summarize God’s plan, as He shares it with Moses, found in Exodus 7:1-6?Read More »