This week’s question is:
What does God require in the first, second and third commandments?
First, that we know God as the only true God. Second, that we avoid all idolatry. Third, that we treat God’s name with fear and reverence.
Our memory verse is Deut 6:13-14 – “It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the people who are around you.”
John Lin – “If we are always trying to change who God is or replace him with something else, we’ll never be at peace. We’ll never experience true comfort, true significance, or true joy. We’ll never be whole.”
The first three commandments set the boundaries for our relationship with God. We worship him, and him alone, and with the respect that He deserves. These rules set the boundaries so that we can have freedom to worship him with all we are. Without these boundaries in the first 3 commandments, we end up making up our own god instead of living with the actual God of the universe. A god that we can make up is a god that will only disappoint and will only fail us. But the God of the Bible, the God of our fathers, the God revealed as Father, Son and Spirit, will never fail and will never leave us.