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I find it interesting that the first four of the Ten Commandments are focused on our relationship with God; on how we must strive to keep Him first above all people, all things, all activities, and even all our days.

  1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
  2. You shall not make any idols.
  3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

When God said, “have no other gods before me,” He wasn’t saying, “I’ve got to be at the front of the line with all your gods.” No! He was saying:

“I have to be your one and only God.”

BEFORE – a reference to rank

BEFORE – a reference to “in the presence of”

If my wife said, “Listen Dear, you shall have no other women before me,” I shouldn’t take that to mean she wants to be first in line, or the first among others, or as we say, my main squeeze. That’s not how it works! She means, in our relationship, there must not be the “presence” of any other. Our relationship demands exclusivity. It is not shared.

And that’s exactly why marriage is so elevated in the Bible. Marriage is a picture of our relationship with God. We are the BRIDE of Christ.

In order to understand why God must be our one and only, we have to understand who God is in respect to the world and the universe.

  • He is the creator, the owner, and the operator of the universe.
  • Everything in the universe is from God, created BY God, FOR God’s purpose, and everything will someday bow down to God


This series inspired by Pastor Kyle Idleman’s book, God’s at War—Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart ©2013. 

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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