Daily Lectionary: Exodus 17:1-16; Hebrews 11:1-29
You shall have no other gods. What does this mean? We should fear, love and trust in God above all things. (The Small Catechism: First Commandment)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Oh, those silly pagans with their idols and temples! Will they ever learn that praying to wood, stone and metal just doesn’t cut it? And that it is, in fact, wrong to pray to those man-made things?
No, they will not learn, unless someone tells them. Since you already know that, can’t we just leave this Commandment out of the mix, then? Really, who worships statues and figurines in America these days? Maybe no one does, but that doesn’t mean idolatry doesn’t happen. It happens with things and ideas and self—YOU become so important in your life that all else is secondary, even your God and Lord.
Luther was right when he said that the First Commandment is the one that keeps the other nine together. Ignore the First, and the rest become much less important until finally they are ignored altogether.
Trusting in God above all things isn’t always easy, but it is essential for the Christian. It is as simple as remembering from where your salvation comes, trusting the Word that tells you that you are God’s redeemed child, that Jesus really DID die for your sins and rose to new life for you.
Even though you keep this Commandment by keeping God first in all things, by devoting your life to His service, and relying on Him for help in every need, you know that you still can’t do all those things by yourself.
It is impossible to keep the Commandments all by yourself. Thanks be to God that your Lord Jesus has kept this one and all nine of the other Commandments for you already so that you don’t need to be afraid of not being able to do enough to be saved.
The work has already been done. Rejoice in Jesus’ blood, love Him for what He has done and trust His promise that you are His child, now and forever. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
“I am alone your God, the Lord; No other gods shall be adored. But you shall fully trust in Me And love Me wholeheartedly…. Have mercy, Lord! (These Are the Holy Ten Commands, LSB 581:2)