DCLM Search The Scripture Youth For February March 19, 2023 : Topic – Moses Receives The Law At Mount Sinai
MOSES RECEIVES THE LAW AT MOUNT SINAI
TEXT: Exodus Chapters 19-24
MEMORY VERSE: “And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them (Exodus 24:12).
For every nation, laws have been put in place to maintain order and ensure peace. Without such laws, people would simply do whatever they want; thus, leading to crime and crisis in the society. Similarly, anyone who does not obey God’s laws through Christ who came to fulfil the law(Matthew 5:17) is preparing himself for a life of crisis. Nowadays, many youths claim ownership over their lives. They forget the God who created them, and do not take into consideration, the fact that they will give account for the life they live.
Question 1: Why should Christian youths obey God’s laws?
In this lesson, we see Moses going to Mount Sinai to receive the law meant to guide the children Israel as they journeyed to Canaan land. Likewise, God through the Holy Spirit, today, wants to guide Christian youths with His laws and commandments throughout their journey of life (Proverbs 6:23); that it might be well with them (Jeremiah 7:23; Deuteronomy 4:40; 5:29); and that they will have a good end. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end”(Jeremiah 29:11).
PREPARATION TO RECEIVE THE LAW (Exodus 19:1-25; Ezra 10:1;1saiah 2:3)
Before Moses went up to the mount to receive the law, God instructed him to prepare the people. “And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes, And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai”(Exodus 19:10,11).
Question 2: Why should we prepare ourselves to receive God’s commandments?
God also expects youths to prepare themselves to receive His word to day. “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments” (Ezra 7:10). We should prepare ourselves to receive His laws because God wants to bring about conversion through it. “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul.” (Psalm 19:7a). “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Romans 8:7).
PROPER RESPONSE TO GOD’S LAW (Exodus 20:1-26; 21:1-36;22:1-31;23:1-19)
People can either respond positively or negatively to God’s commandments. Those who refuse to heed God’s laws, are regarded as “..a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD” (1saiah 30:9). However, there are others who respond positively after hearing Gods law. “And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his
Question 3: Itemise ten proper responses to God’s law.
Today, youths can respond positively to God’s commandments by: accepting (Exodus 19:8; 24:3); receiving (Job 22:22); obeying (Genesis 26:5; Exodus 24:7); keeping (1Kings 2:3; 1 John 2:3); remembering (Numbers 15:40);doing (Leviticus 22:31; Deuteronomy 17:11); meditating (Joshua 1:7,8; Psalm 1:2); desiring (Nehemiah 8:1,2); delighting (Romans 7:22); seeking (2 Chronicles 31:21); understanding (Nehemiah 8:8); taking heed (Joshua 22:5): performing, (Deuteronomy 4:13) and teaching others (2 Chronicles17:9). But Christian youths must beware of some so-called places of worship, as not all those who claim to know the commandments of God are sent by Him. “The priest said not, Where is the LORD? And they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit”(Jeremiah 2:8). Saved youths must be on their guard against commandments which are unscriptural. “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them”(Isaiah 8:20). Paul also cautioned us not to believe any other gospel different from that which saves the soul through our Lord Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:6-9).
PERPETUAL REWARDS FOR OBEYING GOD’S LAW
(Exodus 23:20-33;24:1-18;Leviticus 26:3-13)
The laws and commandments of God are in place to ensure Christian youths Iive fulfilled lives. God’s laws and commandments are not burden some. “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous”(1 John 5:3).
Question 4: Mention some rewards of obeying and consequences of disobeying God’s laws.
Obedience to God’s law brings rewards which include:
(i)God’s presence (Exodus 24:9-11);
(ii) blessings (Leviticus 26:3-13);
(iii) mercy (Psalm 103:17,18; Exodus 20:6);
(iv) prosperity (Deuteronomy 30:9,12);
(v) wisdom (Proverbs 28:7a);
(vi) healing (Exodus 15:26); and
(vi) justification (Romans 2:13).
But for those youths who refuse to obey God’s laws, they should expect nothing but opposition (2 Chronicles 12:1-3), punishment (Amos 2:4), wrath (Zechariah 7:12), judgment (Psalm 89:31-32), rejection and destruction (Hosea 4:6). But the door of God’s forgiveness is still open today for youths who are ready to turn to Him in repentance and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. God also promises restoration for backsliders who return to Him. “for my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and tum from their wicked ways; then will l hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”(2 Chronicles 7:14).
“And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day. And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers” (Deuteronomy 30:8,9).