The 1st Commandment

Realizing that so many of us “raised in the church” may have (through our ignorance) really believed in and kept only 9 of the commandments, I thought it important to help my grandchildren learn all 10 and what they meant.  They could both easily recite all 10 by age three and shortly thereafter give a brief explanation of each one.  (We did have to instruct my granddaughter that the 9th commandment did not have to do with “bearing false sweatness”:)  Imagine my surprise, when someone recently informed me that the  1st Commandment wasn’t “Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods before Me”!  According to Hebrew interpretation, it is Exodus 20:2:  “I am the Lord (YHWH) your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.”  (The next two are combined into the 2nd commandment).  The idea being that our Father is establishing His authority and reminding us who He is, distinguished from all the false gods of the surrounding nations.  If you read through the Torah, He constantly repeats this first commandment to recognize Him as the one true God.  Just a reminder (to me) that we are all still learning, unless we have come to the place where we think we know it all.  As one of my Bible college professors so aptly put it, “We’re all wrong somewhere.”  Father, continue to show me where.

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