The giving of the 10 commandments to the nation of Israel is an epic event in the history of mankind. Never has any other nation or people group experienced God Almighty declaring with audible voice such a clear and concise standard of His righteousness as He did on Mount Sinai.
God spoke and engraved, with His own finger these commandments and then presented them directly to the nation of Israel through His prophet, Moses.
It is vitally important to understand that they are given as an expression of God’s holiness and establish a standard of conduct that His holiness demands. This standard is not a means of salvation. The commands of God were never given as a way of salvation, but rather, they reveal to us our true spiritual condition. They painfully reveal to man how overwhelmingly he falls short of God’s glory and that he is in desperate need of a Saviour.
Galatians 3:24,”Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”
Notice with me two things concerning the first of the 10 commandments.
Exodus 20:3, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
I. NOTICE THE SUBJECT OF THE FIRST COMMANDMENT:
The subject of the first command is God.
All of man’s relations and interactions with God, begin with God, not man. God initiates all interactions with man. Every aspect of our existence begins with God. Our creation began with God, our salvation begins with God, our existence begins with and is dependent upon God.
The Bible never tries to prove God’s existence, but rather begins with the declaration that God “IS.” Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning GOD…”
Philosophers try to reason away God, atheistic scientists try to disprove God, but no where does the Bible debate the existence of God. It simply states the obvious, GOD IS!
It is impossible for man to live successfully, or to even function properly independent of God.
II. NOTICE THE SUBSTANCE OF THE FIRST COMMANDMENT:
Because God Almighty is who and what He declares Himself to be, we are to recognize Him and only Him as sovereign and supreme in our lives.
This command allows for no compromise!!!
Man is created to worship God, and God alone. Man is created to submit to God and God alone. To place anything in my life before or above the one and only true God, is sin in its most hideous form.