The First Commandment: No Other Gods

Posted by on Dec 6, 2009 in Rev. Serven

“The 1st Commandment: No Other Gods”

Deuteronomy 5:5c-7 December 6, 2009

Pastor Marcus J. Serven

Covenant Family Church (RPCGA)

A few weeks ago we began our study of the Ten Commandments by setting forth some preliminary principles. One of those was to take note of the basic structure of the Law of God: (1) the Moral Law—which is Ten Commandments; (2) the Ceremonial Laws—which are a “type” or “shadow” pointing towards the Messiah; they are fulfilled through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; and (3) the Civil Laws—which are the “case law” that applies the Ten Commandments to particular problems in Ancient Israel; the principles of the “case laws” are still to be lived out in society today (cf. Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 19 “Of the Law of God”). It is important to keep this basic structure in mind as we now come to the foremost of the commandments—the very 1st Commandment: “You shall have no other gods before me.” (Deut. 5:7).

The Main Point of this Sermon:

“You shall not go after other gods…for the LORD your God…is a jealous God…” Deuteronomy 6:14-15

1. Its Imposing Author, (vs. 5c)

2. Its Redemptive Nature, (vs. 6)

3. Its Exclusive Claim, (vs. 7)