The First Commandment

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The First Commandment         

Exodus 20:1-3 “And God spoke all these words: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me”.

Extra Reading: Exodus 20: 1-21

We live in a lawless age. Crime and violence are increasing at a fearful rate because among millions of people there is practically no respect for law or constituted authority-either that of God, or man! Worldwide nations live in daily fear because the very well know that the so-called “guarantees” and treaties of peace are not worth the paper they are written. There is no law-respect for authority-among the nations of the world. This is the world in which you and I live. God began speaking the Ten Commandments-revealing to his people the laws of life which bring success and happiness and peace with God and with man. We live in a day of human reason and creeping socialism, it is important to notice that the Almighty spoke first not about the “brotherhood of man” but about obedience and worship to God-the Creator and Ruler of heaven and earth-and the personal God of those who serve and obey Him!

The first commandment is the greatest commandment.  “I am the Lord your God” is a more revealing phase than meets the eye. The “I” who was speaking with tremendous power was quite evidently the great Creator of heaven and earth. In His very manner of appearance, He had demonstrated His power as Creator by sending forth thunderings and lightnings and literally shaking Mount Sinai as if it were a washcloth! How does the first commandment apply to you personally? Through God’s help you must walk according to the commandments of the Almighty God if you enter into eternal life (Matthew 19:17). Is the God of creation, the God of Israel, the God of the Bible, really your God whom you serve and obey? Or have you come up with your own false “god” or “gods”? These are the things you need to consider.

Prayer: Heaven Father, you are God Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth. I choose to worship you, and you only. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen!

Rev. Samuel N. Modise

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