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In the Gates

The First Commandment

    1. Honor no other gods

God’s people are to honor no other gods – no other ultimate sources of counsel or truth, and no other objects of veneration or devotion. They must guard against any inclination to turn to other gods or other counselors; He alone must be their God.

 

    1. Honor no other gods

God’s people are to honor no other gods – no other ultimate sources of counsel or truth, and no other objects of veneration or devotion. They must guard against any inclination to turn to other gods or other counselors; He alone must be their God.

Deuteronomy 6.13-15

“It is the LORD your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you, for the LORD your God in your midst is a jealous God, lest the anger of the LORD your God be kindled against you, and he destroy you from off the face of the earth.”

Exodus 23.13

“Pay attention to all that I have said to you, and make no mention of the names of other gods, nor let it be heard on your lips.”

Exodus 22.20

“Whoever sacrifices to any god, other than the LORD alone, shall be devoted to destruction.”

Deuteronomy 17.2-7

“If there is found among you, within any of your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, a man or woman who does what is evil in the sight of the LORD your God, in transgressing his covenant, and has gone and served other gods and worshiped them, or the sun or the moon or any of the host of heaven, which I have forbidden, and it is told you and you hear of it, then you shall inquire diligently, and if it is true and certain that such an abomination has been done in Israel, then you shall bring out to your gates that man or woman who has done this evil thing, and you shall stone that man or woman to death with stones. On the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses the one who is to die shall be put to death; a person shall not be put to death on the evidence of one witness. The hand of the witnesses shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.”

This series of In the Gates provides the Scriptural support for the Ten Commandments and their supporting statutes, rules, and precepts. A complete version of this series is available as The Law of God.



T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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