First Things First (1 of 9) by Doug Tegner

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First Things First (1 of 9)
Doug Tegner



DRAMA: We got your god Gods for sale


The setting:
In the desert, recently left Egypt land of multiple gods and superstition

God was the deliverer BUT.... now they are out in the desert!
Heading for land of milk and honey...the Promised Land ...
but also the land of Canaanites (Paganism. Pluralism; Prosperity)
Pagan religions: add a god for whatever purpose or need they had.
Problem with Famine? god of rain
Problem with Barenness? god of fertility
Problem with Enemies? god of war
Moses up on the mountain and receives the 10 Commandments.

READ vss. 1-17 Commandments only

Historically, divided these 10 Commandments into two 'tables' table one (1-4) deals directly with our relationship with God and table 2, dealing with our relationships with others.

What is the first command?
Have no other gods before me.
Worship God Alone.
First Things First!

Deut. 5 Moses reviews the 10 Commands or Words and then in 6:5 Moses declared Love the lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and with all your strength. Instead of just warning them of HAVING OTHER gods he pushes them to realize they are to LOVE THE ONE TRUE GOD!

NT parallel: Jesus asked by a Pharisee in Matt. 22: 37-40...
what is the greatest Commandment in the Law?

Jesus replied:
Love the Lord your God with all you heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.
All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commands.

How do we love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul and mind?
The first four commandments!

How do we love our neighbor as ourselves?
The next six commandments!

This is the WHAT of the first command. NO OTHER GODS

Now we need to look at the WHY?


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