Other Gods

Today’s Scripture: Deuteronomy 6

1Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it:
2That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.
3Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.
4Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
5And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
6And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
8And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
9And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
10And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not,
11And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full;
12Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
13Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.
14Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you;
15(For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.
16Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.
17Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee.
18And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers.
19To cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the LORD hath spoken.
20And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD our God hath commanded you?
21Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh’s bondmen in Egypt; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand:
22And the LORD shewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes:
23And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers.
24And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.
25And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us

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What is the Meaning of this Text?

persuasive to obedience. (1-3) An exhortation to obedience. (4,5) Obedience taught. (6-16) General precepts, Instructions to be given to their children. (17-25)
Verses 1-3: In this and the like passages, the “commandments” seem to denote the moral law, the “statues” the ceremonial law, and the “judgments” the law by which the judges decided. Moses taught the people all that, and that only, which God commanded him to teach. Thus Christ’s ministers are to teach his churches all he has commanded, neither more nor less, (Mt 28:20). The fear of God in the heart will be the most powerful principle of obedience. It is highly desirable that not we only, but our children, and our children’s children, may fear the Lord. Religion and righteousness advance and secure the prosperity of any people.
Verse 4,5: Here is a brief summary of religion, containing the first principles of faith and obedience. Jehovah our God is the only living and true God; he only is God, and he is but One God. Let us not desire to have any other. The three-fold mention of the Divine names, and the plural number of the word translated God, seem plainly to intimate a Trinity of persons, even in this express declaration of the unity of the Godhead. Happy those who have this one Lord for their God. It is better to have one fountain than a thousand cisterns; one all-sufficient God than a thousand insufficient friends. This is the first and great commandment of God’s law, that we love him; and that we do all parts of our duty to him from a principle of love; My son, give me thine heart. We are to love God with all our heart, and soul, and might. That is, 1. With a sincere love; not in word and tongue only, but inwardly in truth. 2. With a strong love. He that is our All, must have our all, and none but he. 3. With a superlative love; we must love God above any creature whatever, and love nothing but what we love for him. 4. With an intelligent love. To love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, we must see good cause to love him. 5. With an entire love; he is ONE, our hearts must be united in his love. Oh that this love of God may be shed abroad in our hearts!
Verses 6-16: Here are means for maintaining and keeping up religion in our hearts and houses. 1. Meditation. God’s words must be laid up in our hearts, that our thoughts may be daily employed about them. 2. The religious education of children. Often repeat these things to them. Be careful and exact in teaching thy children. Teach these truths to all who are any way under thy care. 3. Pious discourse. Thou shalt talk of these things with due reverence and seriousness, for the benefit not only of thy children, but of thy servants, thy friends and companions. Take all occasions to discourse with those about thee, not of matters of doubtful disputation, but of the plain truths and laws of God, and the things that belong to our peace. 4. Frequent reading of the word. God appointed them to write sentences of the law upon their walls, and in scrolls of parchment to be worn about their wrists. This seems to have been binding in the letter of it to the Jews, as it is to us in the intent of it; which is, that we should by all means make the word of God familiar to us; that we may have it ready to use upon all occasions, to restrain us from sin, and direct us in duty. We must never be ashamed to own our religion, nor to own ourselves under its check and government. Here is a caution not to forget God in a day of prosperity and plenty. When they came easily by the gift, they would be apt to grow secure, and unmindful of the Giver. Therefore be careful, when thou liest safe and soft, lest thou forget the Lord. When the world smiles, we are apt to make court to it, and expect our happiness in it, and so we forget Him who is our only portion and rest. There is need of great care and caution at such a time. Then beware; being warned of your danger, stand upon your guard. Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God; neither by despairing of his power and goodness, while we keep in the way of our duty; nor by presuming upon it, when we turn aside out of that way.
Verses 17-25: Moses gives charge to keep God’s commandments. Negligence will ruin us; but we cannot be saved without diligence. It is our interest, as well as our duty, to be religious. It will be our life. Godliness has the promise of the continuance and comfort of the life that now is, as far as it is for God’s glory. It will be our righteousness. It is only through the Mediator we can be righteous before God. The knowledge of the spirituality and excellency of the holy law of God, is suited to show sinful man his need of a Saviour, and to prepare his heart to welcome a free salvation. The gospel honours the law, not only in the perfect obedience of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ; but in that it is a plan for bringing back apostate rebels and enemies, by repentance, faith, forgiveness, and renewing grace, to love God above all things, even in this world; and in the world above, to love him perfectly, even as angels love him.

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How can We Apply this Scripture to our Lives?

I trust all will have a great 4th of July. As we continue in the book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 6, we continue looking at the Moses giving Principles to this new generation of Israel. Today Moses instructs on loving God and obeying His Commandments and to continue to teach your children to obey God. What catches my eye is the beginning of the chapter when Moses teaches on having one God. In this day people had many gods like “lucky charms” that they would pray to and worship. Moses instructs that there is only one God. The God of Israel, Jehovah, and all other Gods are merely Idols and they should only worship Jehovah. In making application we see that people still serve other gods. Money, leisure, hobbies, the list go on and on. It is more sophisticated than times in the past but they are still just a real. It reminds me of a friend who I went to Church with a few years ago. They were always at the Church for every service and the Lord blessed and prospered this family. Then the “other god” of a leisure activity was added to their lives and soon they started missing Church due this “other god”. Soon they were out of Church altogether and their kids were in sin. This “other god” totally destroyed their lives. How about you? Do you identify the “other gods” of this day? Let us learn from our text today and love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, and might – staying away from “other gods”

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2 thoughts on “Other Gods

  1. An interesting dialogue is value comment. I think that it is best to write more on this topic, it may not be a taboo subject but typically individuals are not enough to talk on such topics. To the next. Cheers.

    • Thank you for your comment but this topic is about BELIEVING IN OTHER GODS, or as we say nowadays,
      the different sizes and heights of the statues of Jesus and the Virgin Mary. All other statues are included as OTHER GODS. if you dont mind. May you read it carefully and you can always come back to us for further explanations.
      Here are some explanations from KING JAMES VERSION:

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      Leviticus 19:4
      Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.
      Leviticus 19:3-5 (in Context) Leviticus 19 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

      Leviticus 26:1
      Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God.
      Leviticus 26:1-3 (in Context) Leviticus 26 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

      2 Kings 17:12
      For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing.

      2 Kings 17:11-13 (in Context) 2 Kings 17 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

      Isaiah 10:11
      Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols?
      Isaiah 10:10-12 (in Context) Isaiah 10 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

      Jeremiah 50:2
      Declare ye among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not: say, Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces; her idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces.

      Jeremiah 50:1-3 (in Context) Jeremiah 50 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

      Ezekiel 18:6
      And hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither hath defiled his neighbour’s wife, neither hath come near to a menstruous woman,

      Ezekiel 18:5-7 (in Context) Ezekiel 18 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

      Ezekiel 18:12
      Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, hath committed abomination,

      Ezekiel 18:11-13 (in Context) Ezekiel 18 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

      Ezekiel 18:15
      That hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, hath not defiled his neighbour’s wife,

      Ezekiel 18:14-16 (in Context) Ezekiel 18 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

      Ezekiel 20:7
      Then said I unto them, Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

      Ezekiel 20:6-8 (in Context) Ezekiel 20 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

      Ezekiel 20:8
      But they rebelled against me, and would not hearken unto me: they did not every man cast away the abominations of their eyes, neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt: then I said, I will pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.

      Ezekiel 20:7-9 (in Context) Ezekiel 20 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
      More results from King James Version
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      Hope that it made a help for your wonder. :)
      JIL admin Rochelle

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