God Will Not Play Second Fiddle (2 of 11) by Ken Trivette

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God Will Not Play Second Fiddle (2 of 11)
Series: The Ten Commandments
Ken D. Trivette
Exodus 20:1-3


1. A man purchased a statue of Christ at an auction and placed it on his desk in the den. A few days later his wife moved the statue to a table in the living room. The man was taking it back to the den when his little girl asked, "Where are you going to put God now?" God tells us at the very outset where He wants to be placed in our life. "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."


2. God tells us in the first commandment that He will not play second fiddle. God tells us that He will not tolerate, allow, or accept any other position in our life except first place. He will not stand in line with the other gods of our life and will not take a number. He deserves and desires first chair. He is not one who just desires to come into our life. He comes in that He might take over!


3. As we previously considered, the Ten Commandments consist of two divisions. The first four are vertical and deal with the Godward. They focus upon our relationship with God. The next six are horizontal and are manward. These commandments approach our relationship with one another. Let's began looking at the commandments individually starting with the first commandment; "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."


1. THE EXISTENCE OF HIS PERSON IN OUR LIFE!


1. The first commandment begins with the assumption that there is a God. It is prefaced by a declarative statement that God exists. "And God." The commandment without any presentation of evidence or seeking to prove the existence of God, simply asserts the existence and reality of God. "I am the LORD thy God." Just as the Bible begins without any question of God's existence, "In the beginning God," the Ten Commandments began with the same assumption. The existence of God is never questioned, only declared. There is a God. God is!


A. His Existence Is Denied.


1. Yet I am reminded that HIS EXISTE ...


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