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Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Ten Commandments: God first.

"You shall have no other gods before Me."--Exodus 20:3.  The first of the Ten Commandments is that no other gods come before God Himself.  During this series I found myself asking why is the first commandment the first commandment and not the second, third, fourth, or even the tenth???  Then it hit me that this is the first commandment because God must always come first.

God and others first.  Jesus emphasizes the fact that God comes first in the commandments in Matthew 22:37-40 by saying that the whole Law and the Prophets depend on the commands to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

God and others first.  When you look at the Ten Commandments, commandments 1-4 deal directly with our relationship with God whereas commandments commandments 5-10 deal with our relationship to family and to one another in general further emphasizing the fact that God and our neighbor must always come first.

God and others first.  Because of these commandments, whenever we make a decision, we need to ask ourselves how would Jesus handle this situation appealing to the old adage WWJD? (What Would Jesus Do?) and second, we also need to ask how is this going to impact others?

God and others first.  So when we look at the Ten Commandments, it's not any coincidence that they are in the order that they are.  God and our neighbors ALWAYS come first.  

God and others first.  So finally, my encouragement to you is this, whenever you are faced with a decision, ask yourself the two simple questions I gave above.  And remember to ALWAYS put God and others first.  


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