The First Commandment

Moses Receives the Tables of the Law

As the head of the family should teach them in a simple way to his household

The First Commandment You shall have no other gods. What does this mean? We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

The First Commandment is the sum of all ten commandments. If we were able to keep the first of the commandments perfectly, everything else would fall into place. If we truly had no other gods and the one true God was the one and only, we wouldn’t misuse the name of the Lord our God, we would remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy, honor our father and mother, not murder, etc. To further understand this commandment, we’ll need to ask a few more questions.

The first question that comes up is, “What is a god?” Luther summarized the answer by saying, “Now, I say that whatever you set your heart on and put your trust in is truly your god.” So what is it that you trust in most? Where do you look for all good and where do you turn in times of trouble? What can you not live without? That, is your god. Whether it be someone you love, or your job, or that sporty new car that you got, whatever it is that you look to for comfort when troubled, relief when you are overwhelmed, protection when you are in danger, that is your god.

What if you find that your god is not the true God? Well, first off, you’re not alone. In fact we all have our little (or big) gods that we love to pull out. From Adam and Eve wanting to be like god, we’ve all received that same trait. So when you find yourself with other gods, repent. Remember, that’s what one of the purposes of the commandments are, to show us our sin so that we may repent of them. Then turn to the One true God and receive the gift of forgiveness that he wants to give you.

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