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Exodus 22:18-31 Sermon Notes

Laws To Live By  Part 2

Exodus 22:18-31

Introduction:

Theme: Three groups of ordinances that Israel must observe to remain faithful to God, so we might be mindful of the high standards God’s people have always been called to live by.

I. Four Capital Offenses and a Warning vv. 18-24

A. Sorceress v. 18 (cf. Exodus 7:11; 1 Samuel 28; Deuteronomy 18:10, 14; cf. Malachi 3:5; 2 Chronicles 33:6; Isaiah 57:3)

B. Bestiality v. 19 (cf. Leviticus 18:23; Leviticus 20:15-16)

C. Sacrificing to other gods v. 20 (cf. Exodus 20:4-5)

D. Oppression of Strangers v. 21 (cf. Exodus 12:19, 38; 20:10; 23:9; Leviticus 19:33-34; Deuteronomy 10:19)

E. Afflicting Widows and Orphans vv. 22-24

Application:

NT Prohibitions: Acts 13:8-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-20; James 2:3-4; 5:1-4 and Revelation 21:8

NT Commandments: 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; 1 Corinthians 6:18; Matthew 4:10; Revelation 19:10; 22:8-9; Matthew 5:43-44; 22:39

II. Two Regulations for Money Lending vv. 25-27

A. Charging Interest is Forbidden v. 25 (cf. Proverbs 19:17; 14:31; 17:5; 28:8, 27; Deuteronomy 15:7-11; Matthew 25:27 and Luke 19:23)

B. Keeping a Cloak Overnight is Forbidden v. 26

Illustration:

A Divine Illustration: 2 Corinthians 8:9

Application:

A Pertinent Command: 1 Timothy 6:17-19

Historyextra.com: “Has there always been panic buying? And when have people panic shopped through history?”

“But panic buying could be seen as a relatively young phenomenon, born in the 20th century thanks to the combination of several factors: populations with expendable income; a degree of comfort among those populations, to the point of complacency, that supply and access to everyday goods would remain unbroken; and tools of widespread communication so people learn of a disaster about to hit in advance.”

III. Three Commands for Rightly Relating to God vv. 28-31

A. Do not Curse God or a Ruler v. 28 (cf. Exodus 21:17; Leviticus 24:11, 15; Acts 23:5; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; Romans 13:1-5)

B. Do not Delay Your Offerings vv. 29-30 (cf. Exodus 13:2, 13; 23:19; 13:13; 1 Samuel 1:11; Leviticus 22:27; Deuteronomy 15:19-20; 2 Corinthians 9:7)

C. Be Holy v. 31 (cf. Leviticus 17:11-14; 22:8)

Application:

NT Commands: 1 Peter 1:15-16 (Leviticus 11:44; 19:2); Hebrews 12:14; Romans 5-6

What God is doing in your life through this trial

1. He is working it all out for your good – Romans 8:28

2. He is testing your faith to make you stronger and mature in it – James 1:2-4; 1 Peter 1:6-7

3. He is humbling you to show you your dependence upon Himself – 2 Corinthians 12:7-9

4. He is revealing what you love most (weaning you from earthly things) – Colossians 3:1-2; 1 John 2:15-17

5. He is preparing you to help others – Luke 22:31-32; 2 Corinthians 1:6

6. He is teaching you the priority to rejoice in what brings Him glory – 1 Corinthians 10:31

“Your highest good should be His greatest glory”  John MacArthur