by Rick White

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Rick White
Exodus 20:1-3

Message Truth: God tells us to have no other gods before Him because He knows that wherever else we focus our ultimate allegiance will only turn to terrible disappointment.

Exod. 20:1 Then God spoke all these words, saying, 2 "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 3 "You shall have no other gods before Me.

Introduction: In the spring of 1987 the graduating class of Duke University heard a powerful sermon from an unlikely, little known preacher- Ted Koppel, host of ABC's Nightline. Mr. Koppel emphasized truth in its purest form. Koppel stated, "truth is not a polite tap on the shoulder; it is a howling reproach. What Moses brought down from Mount Sinai were not the Ten Suggestions. They are Commandments. Are, not were.... not just for then, or now, but for all

"For centuries people who wanted to set their sights high, to please God, have paid close attention to the moral implications of the Ten Commandments. They are not entry requirements for God's family (it's a good thing, because none of us would qualify), but they are God's house rules. They are not ten suggestions for smart living, not ten hints for successful relationships, nor ten options for good behavior. But they are ten standards of righteousness that should be striven for, ten virtuous rules that should be followed, ten moral laws that should be obeyed by grateful children. Together they are the most complete description of absolute good mankind has even been given. Through them we learn that we must bend our lives to conform to that goodness, not redefine good to fit our crookedness. When individuals and cultures thumb their nose at God's moral laws, disaster always ensures." (Peel, p.3-4)

• Use them as a mirror to discover reality.
• Use them as a thermometer of our love for God.
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