The First Commandment
Thou shalt have no other gods before me. What is the New Testament meaning of this commandment?

It means that we should honor, trust and love God above all creatures or things.

"I am the Lord thy God." Who is God to you?

We answer this question by asking one. In whom or what do you place your trust in the time of stress or need? Upon whom or what do you call in times of your emergencies? The person or object toward whom or which you direct your highest affections, set your heart and place your trust is your god. Your heart, your affections, your trust and your faith determine who or what is your being of highest devotion, your true God or your false god.

Your God should be the one living, true and holy Being who created the universe and sent His only begotten Son as Saviour and Lord to save and help you. In Him you should place your trust and call upon Him in times of danger and need.

However, there are other gods that may take the place of the true God. He who thinks that he has everything when he has possessions and money, when he trusts them in his heart as though he were in paradise, and looks to money as though it were the answer to all his needs, he indeed has a god, namely, mammon. If one is without possessions and money and races about in a state of anxiety and panic in his quest for gain, ringing his hands and trembling with fear as though there were no true God, he too has mammon for his god.

He has an idol god who trusts in his great skill, personal power, excellent prudence or human friendships.

We should trust only in the true God and seek first His kingdom, then all necessities will be supplied us by His kind providence.

Assignment for this lesson:Deuteronomy 5:29-33; Deuteronomy 8:6-19; 9:3-4; 11:22-32; 13:5-16.

Copyright in 1978 by R.O.Corvin