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.