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Preaching Series on the Ten Commandments (3 of 4)
Exodus 20:12-16 Commentary
by Rolf Jacobson
The third week’s text for this four-week series on the Ten Commandments is Exodus 20:12-16 -- which includes most of the second table of the law, those laws that govern our relationships with each other.
Preaching text: Exodus 20:12-16; accompanying text: Matthew 22:34-40
The second table: Turned toward the neighbor
As mentioned above, the Ten Commandments show us how a liberated people who have been freed by Jesus Christ from the powers of sin, the world, and self live a new life. Many modern people conceive of freedom as an end in and of itself. And many modern people also regard freedom as unimpeded access to any choice, as unlimited choice, as always keeping one’s options open. If you ask the stereotypically modern person, “What is freedom for?” you will likely get a blank stare. And if you ask a modern person, “What is it that free people may not ever do?” you will likely earn a shake of the head, roll of the eyes, and a scoff.
But the commandments are what divinely bestowed freedom looks like. Freedom is not when the powerful take whatever they want, but when we respect the property of others and we do our best to help them maintain it and retain it. ...
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Narrative Lectionary 136: Preaching Series on the Ten Commandments
June 10, 2018
This re-broadcast podcast covers the summer preaching series on the Ten Commandments (first aired in June 2014). Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker for a conversation on the Narrative Lectionary. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for WorkingPreacher.org.