2009-11-17 - The First Commandment
The Ten Commandments, Part 4
How Should we Practice Monotheism?
What are the ways that we practice Monotheism? What do we mean by putting God before all others? Do you see any similarities with the list we already have up?
The whole issue seems to revolve around the question of worship. The Israelites were to worship no other gods, but their adoration belonged only to the God of their fathers, the One who brought them from Egypt, freeing them from their slavery. To love God as Christ calls us to, is to worship Him, to obey Him. For Israel the focus of life was centered on the relationship with God.
What are the ways our life can be focused on God? How do our lives reflect an attitude of worship versus how should they? Let's list some of the ways that we can demonstrate a worship-oriented life, keeping in mind we are called to a life to "glorify God and enjoy Him forever." We are preparing for a life of eternal worship. It is no wonder that this command comes first.
Now the first thing that must be present, if we are to truly worship, is an understanding of Him whom we worship. Allen and Borror describe worship as "...declaring God's worth, God's plan for us a matter of art and of the heart."1 Even from these few words, I suspect that you can already think of some additional ways that we can worship the Lord. What can we add to the list?
We can see then the first thing we need to be obedient to the commandment is to know God. As we've said before, the true result of knowing God should be an outflowing of worship. Second, if we know the Lord, then there needs to be an acknowledgement of His greatness. This is why much of what we consider witnessing can be considered a form of worship.
Series to be continued.
Comments or Questions?