McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: Ex 20, Lk 23, Job 38, 2 Co 8

I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me. (Ex 20:2-3)

This morning verse 3 jumped off the page. You shall have no other gods. In our particular culture it is hard to conceive of someone bowing down to worship an idol and so we quickly move past this first of the Ten Commandments. But two things come to mind. The “gods” of our culture demand worship in ways that don’t seem religious. Money, power, pleasure, demand that we give our time and energy to them as the make promises of “life” in return. We don’t make statues of them to bow down to, but that doesn’t make them any less worshiped.
Secondly, when we pray we should ask, to whom are we praying? If you examine the contents of your prayer, what kind of god is painted? Could you measure the contents of your prayer against the prayers that we find in Scripture and conclude that yes, my prayer is to THIS God? Something worth thinking about…

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