by Ken Trivette

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Guidelines for Worship (3 of 11)
Series: The Perfect Ten for a Whole Life - Ten Commandments
Ken Trivette
Exodus 20:4-6


1. The Requirements of Personal Worship

A) The Purpose of These Images
B) The Prohibition of These Images

2. The Reason for Proper Worship

A) The Love God Shows
B) The Loyalty God Seeks

3. The Results to Perverted Worship

A) The Condemnation of Perverted Worship
B) The Consequences of Perverted Worship

Being a southerner myself, I am very familiar with the unique way southerners say and put things. An example is a southerner's description of the Ten Commandments that I came across. A good southerner would define the Ten Commandments as follows:

(First Commandment) He's the onliest God.
(Second) Put nothin' before God.
(Third) Watch yer mouth.
(Fourth) Git yourself to Sunday meeting.
(Fifth) Honor yer Ma and Pa.
(Sixth) No killin'...No how.
(Seventh) No foolin' around with another fellers woman.
(Eighth) Don't take what ain't yers.
(Ninth) No telling tales or gossipin'.
(Ten) Don't be hankerin' for yer buddy's stuffs.

Personally, I don't think that is a bad version or translation of the Ten Commandments. Amen!

As we continue looking at the Ten Commandments, in this study I want us to look at the second commandment:

''Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them...'' (Exo. 20:4-5a).

The first commandment tells us that God is the one and only God, and we are to have no other gods before Him. The second gives us regulations for our worship. The Bible says in Psalm 29:2, ''Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.'' As well, we read in Psalm 99:5, ''Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.''

How are we to worship God? To b ...

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