This past Sunday, I shared nine mistakes we make when looking at the second third of Exodus that deals with the law. Here they are:
First, we think we’ll find life if we can somehow get ourselves together (those Israelites were a jacked-up people).
Second, we think when we find this life, it’ll be easy (God's people, immediately after their rescue, met the Amalekites).
Third, we think we can fully experience this life in this world (the land wouldn't, and never did, satisfy the Israelites).
Fourth, we think we can somehow deserve the love of God (the 10 "Words" are given to obey as a response to grace).
Fifth, we think we can never experience the love of a Father (the Israelites are called God's "treasured possession").
Sixth, we think we can keep this new life we have to ourselves (they were meant to shine, and, though Christ, we are, too).
Seventh, we think we can find life in some way apart from God (the "good life" is only found in God and His ways).
Eighth, we can let this life in Him make us proud (the Lord reminds His people where they came from, and why that should move them toward love).
Ninth, we think we can earn this life through keeping rules (Israel couldn't keep this law, and that was the point; they needed a Savior).