No Other Gods - Exodus 20:3

You shall not have other gods before my face.
— Exodus 20:3 (My translation)

What was the original contextual meaning of this passage (both positive and negative) for the Israelites? Jesus stated it positively by quoting Deuteronomy as the first and greatest commandment. 

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
— Deuteronomy 6:5

Negatively, the Israelites were not to engage in the worship of any other pretended “gods” which would stand between their face and the face of God.


God drew Israel out into the desert from Egypt as a lover, in order to love her and be loved by her. Listen to Hosea 11

1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. 2 But the more they were called, the more they went away from me. They sacrificed to the Baals and they burned incense to images. 3 It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who healed them. 4 I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them.
— Hosea 11

God has saved you to love Him above all things--what do you actually love in this life, what are you really after?


In Prayer Today:

Place God first in your affection and adoration