My First Series: The 10 Commandments

The Ten Commandments

20 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.

“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.

“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

13 “You shall not murder.

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

15 “You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

In church on Sunday, the sermon was on the 10 Commandments. It was a really powerful sermon. I was inspired to start a series, my first ever, on here to break down each commandment and apply it to our lives.

Jesus showed the spiritual intent of
the 10 Commandments. The first
four show us how to love God the
way He wants us to love and obey
Him. The last six show us how to love
our neighbors.

Commandment #1: No other gods

I was all set to work on Commandment #1 when I realized something: I’m wasn’t sure I truly understood the difference between the first and second commandments “no other gods” and “no idols”

I have NEVER thought about it like this. Never. The two sound intertwined when I look and read them over and over again.

So I googled it. (when all else fails, right?)

Commandment #1 “You shall have no other gods before me” is talking about WHOM we shall serve. It is forbidding us to worship a false god.”

Commandment #2 “no idols, is talking about HOW we worship, what we use to worship and what we ultimately replace God with.

Kyle Idleman tells us to “Remember your commandments. First: no other gods, Second: no MAKING other gods to worship.”

“The second commandment (Exodus 20:4) gives us some detail (compared to the first one) about how this great God is or is not to be worshipped. The gist of it is that He will not be duplicated in any form. There will be no substitute for Him in any way.”

Throwing The Word

God MUST be first in our lives!

In “gods at war” Kyle Idleman says that, ““When we look to someone other than God to complete us and define our lives, it’s idolatry.

I don’t know about you and who you serve but my God is a jealous God who wants ALL of me and nothing less. He sent his SON to DIE for me so I owe Him everything! I choose to worship Him and only Him.

It’s a reminder to focus on the Creator, not the created. It’s a reminder that we are to fear the Lord, but not the type of fear you may be thinking. This kind of fear talks about about a reverence, a deep respect for the Lord of the universe. After all, He created us, He sent His Son to die for us….how can we NOT fear Him?

The first commandment calls Christians to know the true and living God and to worship him alone. “If we worship God without taking any heed to God’s revelation of himself, we are certainly worshiping a product of our own minds, not the true God at all. So, it is important that we worship according to the truth”

John Frame, The Doctrine of the Christian Life,

And I choose You
All my attention, affection
And all my devotion’s for You
If everybody’s worshipping something
I choose You

Point of Grace, “I Choose You.”

“Jesus set the example of putting God first.” Mike Bennett,

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment”

Matthew 22:37

But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua 24:15 

Who do YOU choose?

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