You shall have no other gods before Me – Exodus 20 verse 3

The preface to the Ten Commandments reads, “And God spoke all these words, saying …” The clear message is that the law is of God’s making. He alone establishes the only standard of righteousness and holiness. This must remain ever before us: When we question the legitimacy of the law, we are questioning God Himself. The law is His eternal standard of right and wrong. It is inextricably bound to Him and cannot be separated from Him anymore than His righteousness can be stripped from Him.

He begins by saying, “I am the Lord your God.” God asserts His own authority to enact this law in general. He proposes Himself as the sole object of that religious worship which is enjoined in the first four commandments. Because God is the Lord—Jehovah, self-existent, independent, eternal, and the fountain of all being and power—He has an incontestable right to command us. He that gives being may give the law, and He is therefore able to expect our obedience and punish our disobedience.

The first four of the Ten Commandments have to do with our duty to God…

c o n t i n u e . . .

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