Follow Me: Law
Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible
Exodus 20:1-7, 22-23
The first command God spoke to the church defined how he wanted to be treated. He did the heavy lifting. He freed them from an arrogant man who used them to enrich himself. They did not have to fight their way out of Egypt. All they had to do was wait. The gods of Egypt had made their lives a misery, and God will not tolerate playing second fiddle to any other god. He is a jealous God. He wants to meet their needs. No one can do it better than he can.
God is generous with love and stingy with punishment. If they hate God and make images to bow before, God will punish their children who follow their parent’s example to the fourth generation. If they love God, he will show love to their children who follow their parent’s example to a thousand generations.
After the church accepted Moses as God’s spokesman, he returned to the top of the mountain with Aaron in tow at God’s request. God repeated the first commandment with specifics. They must not make a god of silver or gold. God knows Aaron is headed for trouble. If you think God appearing to you and speaking to you face to face will solve your sin problem, Aaron is an example that it won’t.
In this command God acknowledges the existence of “other gods”, which is a difficult concept. Who are these other gods and are they valid gods? There is only one God who created all things and there is no one like him. That is the truth God taught pharaoh before he led the church out of Egypt.
The other gods are the ideas about God that come from vain human thoughts. The gods worshipped in Egypt, and later in Rome and Greece, were as flawed as the people who worshipped them. They were promiscuous, vengeful, hateful gods who destroyed each other in a quest for power. They were also tools in the hands of man to manipulate the people they governed.
God’s command that we worship him alone protects us from powers that would destroy us. The question we need to ask is why we willingly serve gods who hate us. Only an evil person would love and serve an evil god.
 In 1 Corinthians 10 Paul warns us that the things that happened in the wilderness were recorded as a warning to the church because Moses preached the same gospel about Jesus that was preached after Jesus resurrection. For this reason Israel/Jacob will be called the church in this series.
 All Scripture is from the NKJ Bible unless otherwise noted.