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Exod 20:1-3 1.) And God spake all these words, saying, 2.) I
am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of
the house of bondage. 3.) Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Ex. 20:1-3 WHOS ON FIRST
Intro: Ill. Old Abbott and Costello skit. It doesnt matter too
much who is in what position in our lives until we settle the matter of who is on first.
In other words, we need to know who is in first place in our lives. This issue must be
settled! If anyone, or anything, occupies first place in our lives ahead of God, than our
lives are out of control and out of balance. This is the gist of the 1st
Commandment. God wants to tell us who must be on first if our lives are to be everything
they can be for His glory.
I. v.3 GODS REQUIREMENT
A. Gods requirement is very simple. He demands to be in first place in every area
of our lives. He knows that all men must have a God of some sort, and He demands that it
be Himself. (Ill. Ex. 34:14 Jealous God alone is worthy of our love and
devotion. He will allow no interlopers.)
B. Some would ask, "Well, isnt there only 1 God?" Yes, there is only 1
true God, but there are many false Gods! (Ill. "Our God is the thing, or the person,
which we think most precious, for whom we would make the greatest sacrifice, and who moves
our heart with the warmest love. He is the person, or thing, that if lost would leave us
desolate." Alan Redpath. Ill. "Whatever we make the most of is our
God." Martin Luther.
C. Man, by nature, is a religious creature. He will find someone, or something, to give
his worship to. Often, things and people occupy first place in our lives. Notice some
things we elevate to the status of God hood in our lives.
1. The God Of Pleasure Phil. 3:18-19 Ill. Pleasure is like
a drug. It often requires more to get the same effect. (Can include: sensual, sexual,
sports, entertainment, ect.) Ill. Heb. 11:25.
2. The God of Possessions Matt. 6:24. The gift of grab dominates
many lives. People who place money and things first are idolaters! (Ill. "In This God
We Trust!" Ill. Old man and his secret stash.)
3. The God Of Personal Worth Romans 1:25 When a person
feels that the world revolves around them, and that they must always come out on top, that
person is an idolater.
4. The God Of Plans And Projects Anything that occupies the mind
and life ahead of God is an idol!
5. This list is practically endless. Man can make a God out of anything. Yet, we must
allow ourselves no God but the Almighty!
D. If we conducted a poll this evening and asked each person here to name the person or
thing that dominated your life, what would the answer be? Whatever it is, that thing or
person is your God!
II. v. 2 GODS REASON
A. God could make this demand of Israel because He had paid the price for them. He had
purchased them unto Himself and they were His. He chose them, loved them, delivered them
and blessed them. Therefore, they owed Him absolute reverence and worship.
B. How much more do we, the Blood bought Church of Jesus Christ, owe to Him? We owe Him
our total devotion! Notice the price He paid:
1. He came down from Heaven John 1:1, 14; Phil. 2:5-8
2. He endured poverty and hardship Matt. 8:20
3. He was rejected by the very people He came to save John 1:11
4. He was scourged Matt. 27:26; Psa. 129:3
5. He was beaten Luke 22:63-64
6. He was spit upon Matt. 27:30
7. He was mocked Matt. 27:26-29
8. He was humiliated Matt. 27:35
9. He was crucified Luke 23:38
10. His beard was plucked out Isa. 50:6
11. He died John 19:30
12. He loved us Jer. 31:3; John 3:16
13. He called us Matt. 11:28; John 6:44
14. He received us John 6:37
15. He saved us Eph. 2:8-9
16. He cleansed us and forgave us every sin Col. 2:13-14
17. He adopted us Eph. 1:5
18. He keeps us 1 Pet. 1:5
C. He has every right to demand exclusive worship from His children. Wouldnt you
agree? Ill. 1 Cor. 6:19-20.
III. MANS RESPONSE
A. There are only 2 possible ways in which man can respond.
B. Man can continue to place everything in the world before God. This is rebellion and
will end in hell for the lost man and a life of chastisement and loss of reward for the
saint 1 Cor. 3:13-15.
C. Or, man can comply with Gods demands. To do so will result in a blessed life
and a glorious eternity.
D. As you look into your heart right now, what, or who, do you see on the throne of
your heart? Anything or anyone other than Jesus is an idol!
Conc: Okay, Whos on first? The only solution to idols
is to bring them to God and leave them before Him. He excels in destroying them
and replacing them with His wonderful presence and glory. Remember, He will
tolerate no one but Himself on the throne of your heart.
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