The next few weeks of Bible study will prove exciting! We will explore all ten commandments from the book of Exodus. You’ve heard them all your life. But, if you’re like me, you still may not be able to quote them all in order.
The 10 commandments were set by God to the people of Israel. Why? One reason was to establish order and put together a real nation. We use these same laws in the United States government because they have stood the test of time.
Ten Commandments One & Two – “No Other Gods”
“You shall have no other gods before Me.
“You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.
You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. – Exodus 20:3-6 NASB
The 10 Commandments of God – The First Commandment
The true living God was placed somewhere in line with all the others they worshiped. But, God wanted people to know that He was the God who led them out of Egypt. He made it clear that they should worship Him alone.
The All-Important 1st of 10 Commandments
In Exodus 20:1-6, God places much more emphasis on this first commandment than He did on the others. And normally, when something is mentioned first, it is the most important. God knew that the people must obey the first commandment of placing Him as their one and only God in order for them to accept the other nine.
Please reflect on this first command. According to Jesus, this is one of the two most important of the ten commandments.
Matthew 22:7 says;
“And He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.‘” – NASB
Do you know what the other greatest commandment of Christ is? If not, I listed it here.
Love in Christ
If you would like to know more about the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16 for more information.