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Worshipping Wrong Gods in the Right Way (1 of 10)
Ten Commandments Series
Exodus 20:1-2; I Kings 11:1-8; Romans 12:1-2
INTRO: The 10 commandments represent God's design to make the human experience the best it can possibly be. Followed correctly, these commandments become the healthy foundation for a society or a soul.
The 10 commandments deal with the two important issues all humans must face, our relationship with God and our relationship with each other. They are written on two tablets of stone, but were meant for tablets of flesh. Tablet one probably contained the first four commandments dealing with our relationship to God and the second tablet probably contained the last six dealing with man's relationship with man.
The first two are not the same, #1 deals with worshipping idols in the way they should have been worshipping God – making them a greater priority than anything else in life, and #2 deals with worshipping the right God in the wrong way by representing him by things less than He is.
Israel's problems in their relationship with God were similar in scope to what they are today, God rarely had first place in their lives! This is the starting point however for a healthy relationship with God. Unfortunately today there is more religion than righteousness; God is not the first passion of people's hearts.
ILLUS: Feeling better has become more important to us than finding God. -- Larry Crabb in Finding God. Christianity Today, Vol. 39, no. 8.
Even in the Church the priority of God can be lost, Israel proved this many times, and the lives of too many Christians today demonstrate the same thing too!
ILLUS: "Now pastor, how can you say our church has no outreach when our Brunswick stew sale touches hundreds?" -- Cartoonist Andy Robertson in Leadership, Vol. 13, no. 1
How easy it can be to lose focus!!
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that God must be first in our lives; just "tagging" Him onto our liv ...
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