And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a carved 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. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God.”
Our passage today contains the first commandment of the Ten Commandments given to Moses by God on Mount Sinai. God begins with the clear statement, “I am the LORD your God.” And then the first commandment, “You shall have no other gods before me.” God’s reasoning is this, “For I the LORD your God am a jealous God.” Later, in Exodus 34:14, God told Moses, “For you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God (El Kanna).”
Jealousy, tainted by man’s sin, is a character flaw. Jealousy causes us to want things that are not ours and it embitters us to the person that has them. In Galatians 5, Paul calls jealousy an act of the “flesh.” However, for God, jealousy is not marred by sin. It is his perfect desire for us to be his people and for him to be our God. He is God and there is no other. Our search for other gods leads us to emptiness. God wants us to be filled with him. He passionately loves us. Moses wrote in Deuteronomy 4:24, “For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.”
- Thank God for his consuming love for you. Ask him to show you anything in your life that stands as a barrier between you and him. Ask him to get rid of any other gods in your life.
- Talk to God about your children (grandchildren). Ask God to tear down any idols in their lives so they can follow hard after him.
And…keep talking to God throughout the day.
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