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Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Ten Commandments: No other gods.

Hindu temple with many gods

"You shall have no other gods before Me."--Exodus 20:3.  Moses on Mount Sinai to begin receiving the Ten Commandments from God.  The first being that Israel is to have no other gods before Him.  Before God, there is to be no other gods.

No other gods.  This commandment is probably the most well known among Christians and Jews alike but have we ever taken time to look at the implications of what this commandment means?

No other gods.  A footnote in my Bible says that "before Me" can also be translated "besides me."

No other gods.  What we need to recognize is that there is truly and undoubtedly only ONE God.

No other gods.  Yesterday I had lunch with one of the elders from one of my supporting congregations.  He and his wife shared with me some of their experiences when they went to Cambodia. The fact that stuck out to me is that while they believed in Jehovah God, they still believed in the other gods of that particular culture.

No other gods.  When God says He wants no other gods before Him, He means He wants no other gods in our life because those other gods are no gods at all.  Paul acknowledges this fact in 1 Corinthians 8:4.

No other gods.  When something is our god, be it Jehovah God or anything else that is what we are devoting most of our time and energy towards.  God says that there is to be no other gods before or besides Him.

No other gods.  So take some time to jot down what it is you are devoting most of your time and energy to. Over the next 24 hours, keep a log of what you do with your day in an effort to determine what it is you are devoting your time and energy to.  I know we have our responsibilities (family, school, work, etc.) but are you acknowledging God in all your ways per Proverbs 3:6?  We must remember the first commandment given by God..."You shall have no other gods before me."


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