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We continue the sermons on the Ten Commandments this Sunday with the eighth commandment, You shall not steal. As I will say in my message, one of the implications of this commandment is that God is the sovereign distributor of all that men possess. This truth is reflected in the call to worship, taken from Deut 10:12-14: And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD, which I am commanding you today for your good? 14 Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it. Yahweh is not only the God of Israel, but the God over all the earth. Everything belongs to him. Stealing is at root unbelief in this fact, and the resulting discontentment in our own possessions that arises from this unbelief leads to taking what God has given to another. We who are Christians live by faith. Therefore, we as believers not only confess God’s sovereign lordship over all things, but return to him as God the fear, obedience, love, and service he is due. To this end we will gather for worship this Lord’s Day.
In the prayer service, we will be instructed out of Nehemiah 1 and Nehemiah’s prayer for success. We’ll begin the service singing the hymn we’ll be learning this month, Thou Hidden Source of Calm Repose (Red 376).
Last week, the 7th commandment addressed humanity’s abuse of sex. This week, the 8th commandment addresses humanity’s abuse of money. The eighth commandment, You shall not steal, is recognized even by thieves. As Augustine quipped, ‘What thief can with equanimity endure being robbed by another thief?’ Yet while the moral conscience of every human being recognizes the gravity of stealing, men and women up and down the social ladder consistently violate the property rights of others. So we find the Law of God again exposing the depravity of men’s hearts. So the Law of God again reveals to us all our desperate need for salvation and redemption and atonement.
Call to Worship: Deuteronomy 10:12-14
Hymn 53 [Gray] I Sing the Mighty Power of God This hymn teaches well the truth I spoke of earlier, implied in the 8th commandment and represented in our call to worship, that God owns all the earth. He is the Creator, and for this reason, all is his. For this reason, we should give him praise and worship. There’s not a plant or flow’r below but makes Thy glories known; and clouds arise, and tempest blow, by order from Thy throne; while all that borrows life from Thee is ever in Thy care, and everywhere that man can be, Thou, God, art present there.
Congregational Reading: Psalm 24:1-6
Doxology: Diademata, Red 293
Scripture Reading: Exodus 39:1-21 & Revelation 9
Hymn 267 [Red] When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Sermon: Steal No More from Exodus 20:15
Hymn 255 [Red] Ah, Holy Jesus
Ministry of Music: Thy Broken Body, Gracious Lord
The Lord’s Table
Hymn 354 [Red] If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee
In Sunday School, Eric White will teach the last session on Revelation, covering chapters 21-22.