Why Do the Ten Commandments Sound So Negative?

Episode 533 Show Notes 

From the Show

None of us perfectly keeps the law, so the law becomes for us—for sinners—bad news. And that’s why we need the gospel. That’s why we need the message of the free forgiveness of our sins. That’s why we need to be encouraged by the one who came and perfectly fulfilled the righteous requirement of the law.

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. Why did God choose Jacob over Esau or David over Saul when they were all moral screw-ups?

2. I heard your answer to Jade about there not being any shame at the judgment seat of Christ for believers. I was wondering, what does that mean, then, for our works to be tested, and what we build on Christ will last, but what we build of hay will be burned and our souls will be saved but only as through fire? What does that mean that there is no pain at the judgment of believers before we reign with Christ?

3. What do Paul and Jesus mean when they say that the bread and wine are Christ’s body and blood? Is this metaphorical?

4. Why are the 10 commandments all about telling us what we shouldn’t do? Doesn’t this focus our attention on negative traits instead of what we should be doing for one another and for God?

Resources

The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton

How We’ve Misunderstood “Do This in Remembrance of Me” by Adriel Sanchez

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