Hope Community Church
REFUEL Mid-Week Bible Study - February 6th, 2019
A casual, topical bible study to help "fill up your tank" in the middle of the week. Come as you are and dig deeper into the Word! • Hope's Coffee Café - coffee/tea bar in the foyer from 6:30-6:55 PM • Child Care (ages 6wks-5yrs) & Kids "Mid-Week Mania" (grades K-5th) provided
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  • Hope Community Church
    1240 Jay St, Waterford Twp, MI 48327, USA
    Wednesday 7:00 PM
Lesson 2:
Commandment #1
No Other Gods
(Exodus 20:1-3)

Key Question: What right does God have to place expectations (commandments) on us?

Summary of God's Mosaic covenant with Israel
Summary of God's Mosaic covenant with Israel
• It was Reasonable: Their attitude should be one of gratitude.
• It was Conditional: Their land and liberty were dependent on their loyalty to God.
• It was Personal: Their own ears heard God speak and deliver the Commandments.
Commandment #1 No Other Gods
God prioritized this command for two good reasons:

1. It established Monotheism, not Pluralism, as Israel's national standard. (Only one God) » "before" = in opposition to or instead of

We are not to legitimize the existence, equality, or authority of false gods by...
Speaking favorably about them.
Commandment #1 No Other Gods
God prioritized this command for two good reasons:

1. It established Monotheism, not Pluralism, as Israel's national standard. (Only one God)

We are not to legitimize the existence, equality, or authority of false gods by...
Speaking favorably about them.
Bowing down before them.
Commandment #1 No Other Gods
God prioritized this command for two good reasons:

1. It established Monotheism, not Pluralism, as Israel's national standard. (Only one God)

We are not to legitimize the existence, equality, or authority of false gods by...
Speaking favorably about them.
Bowing down before them.
Yoking up with them.
Commandment #1 No Other Gods
God prioritized this command for two good reasons:

1. It established Monotheism, not Pluralism, as Israel's national standard. (Only one God)

2. It de-emphasizes as our top priority everyone and everything else.
Rival = a person/thing competing with another for the same objective or for superiority

Nothing is to rival our...
Worship of God
» Exclusive worship of the Lord is an obvious corollary (something that naturally follows) to His incomparability. —ESV Study Bible note
Commandment #1 No Other Gods
God prioritized this command for two good reasons:

1. It established Monotheism, not Pluralism, as Israel's national standard. (Only one God)

2. It de-emphasizes as our top priority everyone and everything else.

Nothing is to rival our...
Worship of God
» Exclusive worship of the Lord is an obvious corollary (something that naturally follows) to His incomparability. —ESV Study Bible note
Devotion to God
» Since God's character forms the basis of the covenant with His people, He demands absolute loyalty.
Love for God.
» It is absolutely impossible to love everything/everyone equally. Only when we establish love for God as our top priority can we monitor our commitment.