The Ten Commandments: Number One

30th August

Who is God?

I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery. You must not have any other god before Me.”

Exodus 20:2-3

Sadly the Ten Commandments are often seen as a list of rules, a list of do’s and don’ts. Yet rather than looking at them like a list of rules and regulations, why not look at them as guidelines as how to live life in its fullness. The Ten Commandments were often quoted by Jesus, Paul and other New Testament writers. In fact, Paul said that He did not know what sin was but by the law. Over the next few days we will be exploring the richness and fullness of the Ten Commandments and see how we can practically and prayerfully implement them in our daily lives. Today we start with the first commandment.

You must not have any other god before Me

God, through Moses, graciously led His people out of the land of Egypt and out of slavery fulfilling His covenant to the people of Israel. God knew that the people’s hearts would and could easily forget who He was and what He did for them. So He gave them this commandment so that they would remember Him and the great things He did for them by liberating them from the hands of their oppressors. Sadly, we too can often forget all that God has done for us and forget His position and place in our lives. We too need reminding of who God is and how great He is. Today’s challenge is to search your hearts and ask yourself ‘who is God’? Has my image of God been changed by secularism, corrupted by materialism, or weakened by lies? Have I forgotten the goodness of my God, His favour and blessings, His love and kindness, or His grace and mercy? Let us search our hearts and declare who our God truly is!

My God

His grace is remarkable
Mercies are innumerable
Strength is impenetrable

He is honourable, accountable, and favourable


Unsearchable yet knowable
Indefinable yet approachable
Indescribable yet personal

He is beyond comprehension
Further than imagination
Constant through generations
King of every nation1

1Written by Spoken Word Artist, Isaac Wimberley, http://isaacwimberley.com/all/the-word-lyrics/

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