by Harley Howard

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The Book Of Exodus Chapter 20 (15 of 26)
Harley Howard

Now God gives the children of Israel The Law.

Read vss 1-3

What is the very first commandment based on? The first
commandment of God is based on the constant reminder
that it was the one true God that brought them out of
the land of Egypt and out of Egyptian bondage. This
truth was never to leave the minds of the Jews. The
existence of the nation, the raising of the
patriarchs, the growth of its people, the bondage in
and redemption from Egypt was done because of Almighty
God. This was foundational to the entire system of
law. God was to be recognized as SUPREME in the life
of His worshippers. Because God, the true and living
God, the God who redeemed Israel from Egyptian
bondage, is God indeed, THERE IS NO OTHER GOD TO BE

Read vs 3

Thou shall have no other gods in my sight, no other
gods in addition to Me or in opposition to Me.
Deuteronomy 6:4-6, Isaiah 43:10, 44:8, 45:21-22, 46:8-
10, 1st Corinthians 8:4-6. It is CLEAR that there is
no other true God but the true and living God of
scripture. Since that is true, then what are people
worshipping apart from the true and living God? They
are called idols.

4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or
any likeness [of any thing] that [is] in heaven above,
or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the
water under the earth:

It is very important that we understand what is said
here. The worship of God is spiritual, not material.
There was to be no material representation of God to
be made whatsoever. There was to be no idol made that
was to be a representation of the true and living God.
Nothing in the Heavens or on the Earth, nothing carved
as a representation in the Heavens or on the Earth was
ever to be used as a representation of God.

5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve
them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God,
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