by Jerry Vines

The First Commandment: God and God Alone
Dr. Jerry Vines
Exodus 20:1-3

In our study of Exodus we have come to the Ten Commandments. I thought at first when I was studying Exodus that I would just kind of summarize the Ten Commandments and move one, but truthfully, the more I studied them and the more I looked around in our world the more apparent it was to me that probably there has never been a time when the Ten Commandments need to be studied in detail and depth as they do in the 1990's in America society. These Ten Commandments touch on every problem we have in America. So, I'm going to take up these commandments one after the other, God willing.

The children of Israel have gathered at the foot of Mt. Sinai. Moses has gone up into the presence of God and there the Lord God Jehovah gives to Moses the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments have been described in a variety of ways. Different writers have referred to them in different ways- One- writer refers to the Ten- Commandments as God's blueprints for living. Another refers to them as God's laws for today's godless world. Whatever you use to describe the Ten Commandments, all of us would agree that they are certainly extremely pertinent and important.

Last Sunday night I preached a message on the fact that Israel was under the law and New Testament believers are not under the law; we are under Grace. I want to make it very clear that when we say we are 2 not under law, this does not mean that there are no rules. This is not to suggest that we live in a kind of anything goes mode. I do not mean that at all. We just couldn't have a universe if there were not certain rules - certain fixed standards. There could be no mathematics if there were not laws of mathematics. There could be no physics if there were not laws of physics. All of us understand the importance and the necessity of rules. Just suppose that next November you go to the Gator Bowl to the Georgia/Florida football game. You walk in a ...

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