Thou shalt have no other Gods before me.
The FIRST and greatest commandment.
First to clear the air on "God". There are a number of terms and thoughts on who or what "God" is. That is not what we are discussing here. For this study we will suffice to say that "God" YWHW is Our Father - The Almighty by whom are ALL things,
Matthew 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
Luke 3:22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
Joh 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
Joh 16:28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
We know Yeshua is the Word of the Father.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
The Father with His Son and the Holy Spirit as a "Team" created all things and also he made the worlds.
We know the Father created all things through or by His Son Yeshua by Heb 1.
Hebrews 1:1 God (YWHW) (the Father), who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Whether one believes YWHW the Father or Yeshua was talking and dealing with man in the Old Testament is also no matter here, as Yeshua was in perfect obedience to his father and whatever he may have said or did would have been just as if the Father had said or did.
In six days they finished their work and rested on the seventh day, setting it aside as a blessed and sanctified that day.
Ex 20:2. I am the Lord thy God (YWHW), which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bandage. 3. Thou shalt have no other God before me.
Today when we are called out of the house of bondage, freed from the bondage of sin in our flesh, we are given the very same word or commandment:
I am the Lord thy God (YWHW) which hath freed you from the bondage of sin. Thou shalt have no other God before me.
There are many gods out there in our lives, in many forms, from money, stomach, flesh, to even our religious beliefs. These are many times contrary to our one true God. The hardest of these to overcome is the god of our religious beliefs, which for many are contrary to the covenant we are actually called into by the One who called us out of bondage.
Psa 19:7 The law of YWHW is perfect,
converting the soul: the
testimony of YWHW is sure, making wise the simple.
Psa 19:8 The statutes of YWHW are right, rejoicing the heart:
the commandment of YWHW is pure, enlightening the eyes.
When we do we are to join them as one, to become one with them and have no other God (ruler, captain) before him. In joining that team we are required to abide by the team rules and to act as the team leaders act.
Romans 15:5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to the Messiah Yeshua:
6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah.
7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as the Messiah also received us to the glory of God.
The only way one can have no other gods before the Father (YWHW) that created the universe is to join their Team become like them, by repentance and become subject to the Teams law and conduct, it is only then that one becomes a spiritual being, walking in love (all the commandments), and actually having NO other gods before him but the Creators of the universe.
1 John 5:3 For this is the love of YWHW, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
In the end our Father will be ALL in ALL and we shall have NO other gods before him.
23 But every man in his own order: the Messiah the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to YWHW, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that YWHW may be all in all.
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