[CF Devotionals] 2009-11-15 - Polytheism

The Ten Commandments Series, Part 3

  1. 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 isn’t 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 17:3).

    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 today.

To be continued

Series to be continued.

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