The first of the Ten Commandments in Exo 20:1, (KJV) says: “And God spake all these words, saying,
Exo 20:2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Exo 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
My grandson asked me to blog about the Ten Commandments, which I mentioned yesterday. So, here goes.
In the book of Exodus, the people of Israel had lived in Egypt under a benevolent Pharaoh while Joseph was alive. When Joseph died and the people prospered and multiplied, another Pharaoh came along that became concerned over the multitudes of foreigners living in their land. He decided to enslave them.
In Exodus 2, Moses is born, the child that would grow into the man God chooses to deliver His chosen people out of bondage.
By Exodus 20, God has performed miraculous signs that convinced the Pharaoh to let the Israelites go free. He tells them commands He wants followed, Ten Commandments to live by.
The First Commandment tells the Israeli people that He alone is their God and they are to have no other gods before Him.
According to the Gentiles, their god demanded things the God of Abraham would never ask – that babies be burned in the fire as a praise offering to him – one such god was Molech.
King Josiah decided to follow God and pull down the strongholds of the false gods. 2Ki_23:10, (KJV) “And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech.”
God knows what is best for Hebrews and Gentiles and so He tells us to keep Him as the only God in our lives. Something to think about.