2009-11-15 - Polytheism
The Ten Commandments Series, Part 3
Is Polytheism Really an Issue Today?
The question here is why obey this command? To us as believers the issue
maybe academic; after all, the Lord is the only one we worship. We will see
with the next command this isnt necessarily true, but for the moment,
lets simply deal with the question of the necessity of this commandment.
But we have already seen a problem.
All truth rises or falls on who God is. If He is the creator, the one who
holds all things together, the infinite one, all-powerful, etc., then He
is the one we should desire to know,
Now this is eternal life: that they may know you,
the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent (John
And if we truly know whom God is, then our desire naturally should be only
to worship Him. Implicit in knowing, here, is following, believing, etc.
This is what the Lord says: Let not the wise
man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich
man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this - that he
understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice
and righteousness on Earth, for in these I delight, declares the
Lord (Jeremiah 9:23).
By commanding us to have no other gods before the Lord, we are being commanded
to have only the Lord before us. As we noted last week, the negative commands
have of necessity a positive side also. For us, the concept of having God
before us is the real issue we must deal with. If we focus only on the worship
of the Lord, then by definition we will not have other gods before Him. This
then brings us to the real question, and that is how to apply this commandment
To be continued
Series to be continued.
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