NO OTHER GODS
“You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3
Why does God insist that He should be the only God we worship? What is wrong with having more than one god? Is it because He feels insecure if He has competition for our love? Is there something in Him that needs human beings to worship Him?
There are several reasons for this commandment:
- The God of the Bible is unique. There is no other god like Him. (Isaiah 40:18, To whom, then, will you compare God? What image will you compare Him to? Isaiah 40:25, “To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One).No other god exists except in human imagination through demonic lies. (1 Corinthians 10:20, The sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons…)
- The need is not in God but in us. God made us to for Himself and we can only be complete through union with Him. If we ally ourselves with anything or anyone less than God, we remain unfulfilled and life has no meaning, (Colossians 2:10, …You have been given fullness in Christ…)
- Jesus said it is impossible to serve two masters. Matthew 6:24 – “No one can serve two masters…You cannot serve God and Money). If we do not serve Him, we will automatically serve Mammon – the spirit of greed which money represents because it is the second most powerful force in the world directed by the god of this world.
- Worship has a powerful effect on the worshipper. One of God’s issues with Israel was that their worship of pagan gods led them behave in disgusting ways. They were becoming just like the gods they worshipped. (Hosea 9:10 – “…But when they came to Ball Peor, they consecrated themselves to that shameful idol and became as vile as the thing they loved…”). The prophet is referring to the incident in Numbers 25 when the Israelites offered sacrifices to Baal of Peor, the god of the Moabites, and indulged in sexual immorality with Moabite women as part of their worship.
Whatever we rely on to meet our needs will be the object of our worship. Jesus said to the Samaritan woman, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks.” John 4:23.
Consider this Scripture: “And we who, with unveiled faces, all reflect (contemplate – marginal reading) the Lord’s glory are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18. The more we gaze at Jesus, the more we become like Him!
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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