February 25, 2010

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 08



Monte Holland

This is the eighth in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To start the study, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction or

To view yesterday’s A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 07

Today’s photographs feature: Iglesia Methodista de Mexico Templo “El Divino Redentor” in Mexico City (Entrad por sus puertas con accion de gracias)


     The First Commandment:  Exodus 20 :2-3 2I am the LORD your God, the one who brought you out of Egypt where you were slaves.  3Do not worship any god except me.

     God gives a very specific order that the Israelites, who left Egypt when God parted the Red Sea, respect and worship God. To understand this order we need to look a little further into who God is.

     In the first chapter of Genesis we learn that God created everything in the very beginning. God is the Creator. Without God we wouldn’t exist, nor would the earth and people around us exist. God deserves our thanks, our praise, and our worship as our Creator.

     Furthermore, He provides for us each day. He provides the sunlight. He provides the rain (even the 2010 snow). He provides everything we have. A second reason to thank and praise and worship God is that God provides everything we need.

     The First Commandment is pretty much a “slam-dunk:” we believe in only one God—we have that in common with the Jewish and Islamic faiths—and God has put us here and cares for us. Doesn’t it make complete sense that we should thank God—that is, worship God and God alone?

     At the same time, we need to be honest with ourselves. We aren’t very good at thanking people who provide things for us—our parents who give us a home and put food on the table while we grow up; teachers who helped us grow in knowledge; pastors who give us spiritual teaching, and family and neighbors who teach us about life.

     We may need a big-time attitude adjustment about being thankful to even make it through the First Commandment, with its call to continual thanksgiving and praise of God. Yet, this is essential in order to be able to obey the next three commandments.

DO NOT WORSHIP ANY GOD EXCEPT THE LORD GOD. (God’s First Commandment for us.)


Exercise 1: Here is a little thankfulness test: I watch people who eat out. How thankful are they? Do they thank the (more…)


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