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The First Commandment

I've decided that I'm going to combine two things that I should do more, post updates to this blog and read the Bible. I figured I'd start easy on myself, and blog Psalms and the Ten commandments. So, every day I plan to write a post about the next commandment, and a post about the next psalm. So today we look at the First Commandment.
Exodus 20:

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.(ESV)

Deuteronomy 5:
6 "'I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

7 "'You shall have no other gods before me.(ESV)

Note, there is footnote in both places on the word "before" which reads: "besides." We should have no gods besides the Lord. We live in a world full of man made marvels, a world full of comforting technology, a world that sends the message that a man is measured by his pocket book, and a world where we look at celebrates as heroes and role models. It is easy to begin to worship unholy things, to bow to the almighty dollar and pay homage to the America Idols (it us ironic how true the name of that show really is). We must remember to humble ourselves to God, and worship Him alone, and not follow after the ways of the world. That doesn't mean you can't enjoy the talent of artist, actor or singer, nor does it mean you cannot enjoy money, but what it does mean is that God is still the one and only King of Kings that we should give our all.

Just following the Ten Commandments in Deuteronomy, we find the a most important prayer:

Deuteronomy 6:

4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6And(B) these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. (ESV)

The first six words of this typically start morning prayer for most religious Jews, "Shema Yisrael, Adonai eloheinu, Adonai echad." The reason is clear, it shows that they have no other gods besides the Lord and they are giving proper honor to Him. Acknowledging the Lord's control in all things.

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