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In the Gates

The First Commandment No other gods

Deuteronomy 10.17-19

For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.”

 

Deuteronomy 10.17-19

For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.”

Again, the Lord asserts His greatness and integrity. He can do what He promises as well as what He commands, and He will not change His mind (Mal. 3.6). He is incorruptible and worthy of our deepest admiration and love. We would not exist without Him. We would have no hope without Him. We would not know how to live without Him, nor could we continue to exist even for a moment. Whatever way we might design to pursue our endeavors, apart from Him, can only lead to disappointment and death (Prov. 14.12).

So let us hear this Lord, fear this God, receive His Word, hope in His promises, and walk in all His ways, looking to Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our salvation (Heb. 12.1, 2). Thus we will know full and abundant life (Jn. 10.10) and all the promises and blessings of our God (2 Cor. 1.20; 2 Pet. 1.4).

This series of In the Gates we present a detailed explanation of the Law of God, beginning with the Ten Commandments, and working through the statutes and rules that accompany each commandment. For a practical guide to the role of God’s Law in the practice of ethics, get The Ground for Christian Ethics by going to www.MyParuchia.com and click on our Book Store.


 

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 Essex Junction, VT.
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