This command explicitly says not to steal. In our Scriptures, this is given several applications with respect to its literal meaning.
The gifts and promises of God are great for us. They prove to us the love and kindness and beauty of God. But do we know how big and righteous God is?
Do we really know how holy, holy, holy, high and exalted God, the Creator of the universe really is?
As we get ready to hear another story about one of God’s promises, I want to ask some questions. Have you ever been nervous about having to do something? Have you ever had to ask a stranger a question—maybe for directions–and you felt nervous about it? Or have you ever had to speak in front of your whole class—maybe to give a report or a speech? Did you feel scared to do it?
This year in chapel, we have talked about many of God’s promises:
- The promise of salvation to those who trust in Christ
- The promise to forgive our sins to those who confess their sins
- The promise to be with us always
- The promise of steadfast or never-ending love
- The promise to hear us when we call out to Him
- The promise to supply our needs
Today, I want to tell you a story from the Book of Judges that demonstrates all of these promises that I have just mentioned, and it also tells about another promise from God. Have you ever found yourself in trouble and you called out to God for help? I know I have.
As we have talked about God’s promises to us, we have talked about big and important promises. We have talked about the promise of God’s love, forgiveness, and that He will always be with us. All of these promises are very important for our lives and eternity. Today we are looking at something that is almost a secondary promise, but this promise is just as important. Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
One of the interesting features of the 10 Commandments is that each of them ties back to the early chapters of Genesis and represents a positive value contained therein.
I love this series we are studying this semester–the promises of God! Doesn’t that sound great? We have talked about the promises of God’s love, forgiveness, and that He will always be with us. Today’s message is about the promise of being heard.
Deuteronomy 5:16 states: “‘Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.” What does this mean for us today?
Promises are made to never be broken. Sometimes people break promises, but that should not change what a promise is, what a true promise is all about. When Jesus makes a promise you can know he will never break it.
The following is an excerpt from a sermon preached to students in the School of Logic and Rhetoric of Annapolis Christian Academy by faculty member, Rev. Geoff “The Unmerciful” Smith.