You must not have any other god but me.
You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or any image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other god. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations on those who reject me. But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.
Today’s Nourishment: No other god rescues like our God rescues. He rescues us from our place of slavery. In the Old Testament, we see a picture of the physical that represents the New Testament spiritual life. The Lord continues to rescue us from our spiritual place of slavery.
When the Israelites departed Egypt, the families fell quickly into worship of pagan gods and set up shrines in their honor. The Israelites identified Baal with Yahweh, yet fully convinced they were devout followers of the LORD. They became easily allured into believing that they could embrace these myths, along with the gods and goddesses behind them, and still remain faithful to their God and His Covenant (adapted from the Archaeological Study Bible, NIV, Zondervan). Oh, what deception occurred, while the enemies set idol indulgences for Israel.
Webster’s Dictionary defines god, “Any person or thing exalted or made an object of supreme devotion; Anything that absorbs one’s attentions or aspirations.”
Stop for a moment to ponder, if there exists someone or something, which may have become an object of supreme devotion in your life?
What or whom absorbs your attention?
What or whom absorbs your aspirations?
The answer reveals your god or God. No other God rescues from your place of slavery. Where might that place of slavery lie? He rescues!
Tomorrow’s Reading: Exodus 22:16-24