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April Devotions
  1. No Other Gods
  2. No Idols
  3. Don't Misuse God's Name
  4. Remember the Sabbath
  5. Honor Your Father & Mother
  6. Don't Murder
  7. Don't Commit Adultery
  8. Don't Steal
  9. Don't Lie
  10. Don't Covet
  11. The Law Reveals Sin
  12. All Have Broken the Law
  13. Pray for Understanding of the Law
  14. Pray for the Power to Keep the Law
  15. The Law Requires Perfection
  16. The Law is Holy, Just, & Good
  17. Obedience of the Heart
  18. Jesus Fulfilled the Law
  19. The Law is Absolute and Ongoing
  20. No Justification by the Law
  21. The Law Brings Wrath
  22. Obedience is Love
  23. Law on Our Hearts
  24. Free from Bondage
  25. Free from the Curse
  26. Jesus Abolished the Law
  27. Believers are Dead to the Law
  28. Christians Live by the Law
  29. Love is Law
  30. The Final Word
Exodus 20:3

"You shall have no other gods before me."

April 1

No Other Gods

The very first command that God gave the Israelites was to have no other gods before Him.  It sounds simple enough but Moses didn't make it down from Mount Sinai before the Israelites were bowing down to the golden calf.

It seems like it would be easy to follow this command over the others.  After all, when is the last time that you had a temptation to construct an idol and bow down to it?

The Israelites had great problems with idolatry.  God had instructed them to remove all the foreigners and their foreign gods from the land but instead they made compromises and signed peace treaties.  Peace is usually desirable but not when it goes against the direct instruction of God. 

The Israelites didn't allow foreigners and their gods to remain around with the expectation that it would cause problems later on.  But this is how most sin creeps in.  We make compromises on things that we assume nothing bad can happen from.  In the Israelites case it led to the nation being flooded with idols and the people intermarrying with foreigners and bowing to foreign idols.

Of course an idol can be anything that we place ahead of God, not just a statue.  The devotions on worship cover this topic in more depth.  We must be careful about compromises because they often have unintended consequences.

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