“I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Exo 20:2-3.
Isn’t it worthy of note? That God asked Moses to prepare the people to meet him, through a series of rituals over a number of days.
Then he comes down on the Mount in a thick cloud of smoke with thunder and lightning and introduces himself for the first time directly.
Establishing direct communication with each individual in Israel, intending to make them a nation of priests.
After this introduction, I am the Lord thy God, the very next thing he says is this, Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
We may categorise this as part of the famous 10 (which it actually is), without any significance to which was mentioned first. After all, they had to be mentioned, may as well start with any of them, or we may choose to believe God is not one to just do things without reason or any pattern in particular.
I choose to believe God isn’t that careless about when he says what he says. If he mentioned that commandment first, then really it had to be considered first.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
God is a jealous one, and he doesn’t mince words about it. If on his first meeting, he says have no other gods, we may as well take it seriously and X-ray the temple of our hearts to see what other gods are there co-occupying the space, like the god of the Philistines (remember, he lost his head).
gods could be our careers, academics, finances, relationships, possessions, wealth, beauty or comeliness, etc. They can’t be exhausted.
Let’s us observe that God didn’t say ‘though shalt have no other gods “instead” of me’, he said ‘no other gods “before” me.
You love God, good, but do you love those more than he? Or as much as he? Do you adore ‘stuff’ more than he? Jesus asked Peter ‘do you love me more than these?’ and again and again till Peter said something more than ‘yes’. He’s asking you the same question, he’s asking me as well, Do you love me more than _____?.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matt 6:33
Let us decide who occupies the temple of our hearts and remove other gods before our God. It’s an all or none law brethren. We may give God our all or he’ll have none of it.
Remember, he gave his all for and to us. Let us do likewise.