For the next ten days, I want to look at each one of the ten commandments. Not looking to teach them to anyone, but rather to use them to just serve a reminder to each and everyone of us of the laws God had bestowed upon us. I believe that the laws God has given us are to be considered gifts to keep us aligned with Christ.
The Ten Commandments: Commandment 1
The first commandment is “Thou shalt have no other gods.” The first place I want to look for further information is in the bible.
“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
Being raised Lutheran I want to look at Luthers Small Catechism
Thou shalt have no other gods.
What does this mean?
We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.
I also want to look at the Catholics meaning, because Catholicism is the base of all Christianity. However my web browser refused to open any of the websites I could find. If any Catholic reader knows of a credible source that contains a reference for all Catholics to what they believe, I would love for you to leave a comment below.
After looking at these two definitions of the first commandments, we all feel pretty good about ourselves. We haven’t bowed down to anyone or anything, so we most certainly haven’t made our own false god to worship!.. or have we? This is where I really love Luthers explanation of the first commandment. “We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.”
Fear, Love, Trust
Looking at fear first. How many of us truly fear God? Sure we know of His power, and we know of what He did to the Israelites anytime they turned from Him. But do we truly fear Him in our daily lives? I am not so sure. This is something I want you to think about. Who is someone in your life that you actually fear, and how is it compared to your fear of the Lord?
Us humans are full of sin, we sin day in and day out. In every sin we put the lust(desires, doesn’t have to be sexual) of our hearts, before God. In sin, we essentially love the sin more than we love God. If we didn’t why else would we commit the sin? While in sin, we are telling God the satisfaction of doing this sin, outweighs my relationship with You. In doing this, we are loving the sin more than God. Not only that, but we are creating an ‘image’ on earth, and placing it above God. Remember God tells us He is a jealous God. Think of a boy/girl friend you might have had in the past, or currently. Remember any jealousy that would arise when he/she would do something that would put you second. It hurt didn’t it? God feels the same way when we put Him second in our lives. What areas of your life do you think you make God jealous?
Trust. This can be just as tricky as love. Do you trust God in every aspect of your life? or do you tend to lean on your own understandings? Over and over again in the bible, we are reminded over how important it is to trust in the Lord. To know He is going to care for us, and protect us. Yet all to often we let our worries control us. I know I can be guiltily of this. We start to worry so much about something in particular, we begin to miss out on everything else. This once again is forming an ‘image’ above God. Instead of obeying God and trusting in Him, we trust in our own understanding and worry. How much of your time do you spend worrying about the outcome of a situation?
One Last Thing
Now one last thing. Quick, what’s three things you couldn’t live without? ……….Your wife/husband/boy/girl friend/etc? Your job? Computer? Phone? Tablet? Best friend? Facebook? Sports? Music? and so on…. How many things did you list in your head before God popped up? Now think about and ask yourselves, are the things that came to mind before God, are they actually closer to your heart than God actually is? It is okay to admit if they are. How are these things affecting your relationship with Christ? Do you put them before Him? Are they becoming your idols? Or are they beneficial to your relationship with Christ?
- Thou Shalt Have No Other gods
- Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the Lord, Thy God, in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath Day by Keeping it Holy
- Honor Your Father and Mother
- Thou shalt not kill.
- Thou shalt not commit adultery.
- Thou shalt not steal.
- Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
- Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house.
- Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his cattle, nor anything that is his.
Memory Verse of the Week:
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,
- Should Churches Update The Ten Commandments? (revivalandreformation.wordpress.com)
- The fear of the Lord (theangelzone.wordpress.com)
- The Disc of Life (communionwithjesus.wordpress.com)
- Word Versus W0rld (seemakapoor.wordpress.com)