“And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” Ex. 20:1-2
God said this right before He started naming the Ten Commandments. This was the preamble (introduction) to the laws of God.
Many people think that laws are given to enslave us, to hold us down. Laws are nothing but tyrannical decrees, especially God’s. I mean look at how many there are, how can we ever obey so many? They only burden us. This is the mindset of so many people.
Well these commandments are not tyrannical laws, which we should be afraid of. They were given out of grace. They are not separate from grace, but rather a work of grace from God. In this verse God contrast His laws with slavery. He freed Israel from slavery so that they may receive these laws and worship Him alone. Israel was taken out of Egypt, not because they were obeying them, but rather so that they could receive them. We know when grace is reigning in ones life when righteousness is (Rom.5), and God's Law is our schoolmaster to lead us to Christ.
The laws of God and His grace are not separate. We need to regain the lost love for the laws of God.
-Kenny Anderson...notes from sermon