Hey Oak Hill,
Last week, we looked at the 1st Commandment—"You shall have no other gods before me." At first glance, the 2nd Commandment is quite similar—"You shall not make for yourself a carved image…you shall not bow down to them or serve them.” Is this command saying the same thing? Some Christian traditions do emphasize the similarity in these two lines, and consider this all to be the 1st Commandment.
While these two lines are certainly related to one another, there is good reason to separate them as two commands. Where the first command calls us not to worship false gods, this second command calls us not to worship the true god in a false way. You see, God knew that his people would be tempted to look to other sources for help, comfort, and satisfaction, but he also knew that they would be tempted to redefine him, to attempt to make him into something he’s not. In fact, just a few chapters later in Exodus 32, Israel would do just that by making and bowing down to a golden calf, calling it the god who brought them out of Egypt.
We may not be tempted to worship a statue of a bull. But haven’t we all felt more comfortable with some of God’s attributes and downplayed or even denied some of the rest? Brothers and sisters, God is real, and he has revealed himself to us as he really is. It will not do for us to change him and try to fit him into a package better suited to our own preferences and desires. He’s too big, he’s too good, and he’s too glorious. So let’s love, obey, and rest in him.
I’ll see you this Sunday,
Exodus 20:1-2, 4-6
20 And God spoke all these words, saying,
2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousandsof those who love me and keep my commandments.
FREE BOOKS! We are doing some Spring cleaning and encourage you to check out the books in the old library! Lots of books for all ages, please take a book, or ten, home with you! Books not re-homed will be donated.
WEDNESDAY Night Ministry This Fall. This Fall, we’re launching a new Wednesday night ministry to children pre K-4th Grade called Seeds. Each week kids will sing songs and hear how every story points to Jesus. They’ll have time in small groups to talk more about that story, memorize scripture, and participate in crafts and activities. If you’re interested in working with a small group of children or helping in another role, please fill out a form at the Welcome Center or talk to Pastor Josh.
SUMMER FELLOWSHIP REFRESHMENT VOLUNTEERS. Starting Sunday, June 3rd light refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall after worship. If you are interested in volunteering to provide and serve refreshments for one or more weeks, please visit the Welcome Center or contact the church office.
SUMMER CAMP INFORMATION. Summer camp is a great opportunity for kids to grow deeper in their relationship with Christ. Oak Hill is offering a 50% scholarship to Pine Lake and Twin Lakes Bible camps for members and regular attenders. If interested, contact the church office for more information.
MEN’S DEEPER BIBLE STUDY. How should we as Christians respond to our current culture? Join us Wednesdays at 6:30 am as we explore various aspects of our culture and what the Bible has to say about them. We will be covering topics such as politics, media, racism and more. Come join the conversation. Led by the elders.
FELLOWSHIP SUNDAY POTLUCK! Join us after the 10:00 am morning service. Everyone is welcome. Meat and drinks will be provided. Please bring a side dish, salad or desert to share. Please sign up at the Welcome Center so we will have a nice variety of delicious food to share!
4TH OF JULY PARADE! Put on your Oak Hill shirt and a comfortable pair of walking shoes and represent Oak Hill Church in this large community event! If you would like to participate, please sign up at the Welcome Center.