Exodus 20:2–17 (ESV) 2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image…7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain…8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy…12 “Honor your father and your mother…13 “You shall not murder. 14 “You shall not commit adultery. 15 “You shall not steal. 16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
Looking at the Law from this side of the Cross is an exhilarating thing. What was once bondage (to our fallen hearts and minds) becomes brand new in Christ.
We look at these things and see first of all – This, is what Jesus died to pay the price for – this is the record, written by the finger of God – of my canceled debt. The canceled debt of every Believer. These are the decrees against us that were removed out of the way, being “nailed to His cross” (Col. 2:14) .
Secondly, we see them through the blood tinted lens of showing us the righteousness which has been imputed to our account. It is Christ’s own perfect righteousness. Here it is, spelled out – once again – in God’s own hand. The righteousness which we have received by faith (Phil. 3:9) is one that has satisfied God completely – in Christ.
But the third makes me thrill even more. It is seeing the Law as promise. Look at the opening sentence again: ““I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” Because we have been delivered from slavery by His hand – thought the redeeming work of the Savior – He makes us these solemn promises:
I promise you, you will have no other gods before me. You are delivered from bondage to any supposed “god.”
I promise you, you need never make an idol for yourself out of anything again. I have freed you.
I promise you, you will no longer need to know or speak my name apart from reverence, joy and glory. Never again need you say “God” – to no effect. I am yours.
I promise you, rest. Rest from all your works. Rest in Jesus. I promise you complete rest in My Son.
I promise you a heart of joyful submission to My appointed authorities – freedom from rebellion.
I promise you, you will not murder. Anger and hatred will no longer rule over you.
I promise you, you will not commit adultery. Sexual bondage and covenant breaking will not be your way.
I promise you, you will not steal. Theft will flee from the soul content with My provisions.
I promise you, you’ll not bear false witness against your neighbor. You’ll bear true witness about Christ TO your neighbor instead.
I promise you, you will not covet. Discontent will be filled up in the fullness of Christ.
I promise you, the work that I began in you, I WILL complete (Phil. 1:6). One day you WILL wake in His likeness, and you WILL be satisfied – Ps. 17:15.
Oh what a great Redeemer our Savior is!