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Idolatry (2 of 8)
Series: The Ten Commandments from a New Testament Perspective
Thou shalt have no other gods before Me / Thou shalt not make for thyself an idol.
In this portion of study we will examine both of these commands together because they are so closely related. Keep in mind that all of the commandments concerning worship and obedience are based on the greatest commandment identified by Jesus in Matthew 22:35-40
35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" 37 Jesus said to him, " 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38 "This is the first and great commandment. 39 "And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 "On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."
The ten commandments were first given in Exodus 20 but the foundation of these commandments was given in chapter 19. Before giving the law, the command to love God was the foundation the law was laid upon. The command to love God was given six times between Exodus 6 and the teaching of the ten commandments in Exodus 20. If you examine the ten commandments you can clearly see that they are all fulfilled through the two greatest commandments – love God with all your being and love people as yourself. The command to abstain from idolatry is based on loving God and putting Him before all. Anything that comes in your life before God is idolatry. It is hard to put God first because it takes faith. Consider Psalm 36:7-8
7 How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. 8 They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.
It is not possible to be abundantly satisfied in God and experience His fullness until after you have put your trust ...
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