You Can be an Overcomer
overthrowing Pharaoh and his hosts, who had thus shown Himself to be above all the gods of Egypt— He it was who now spoke His law.
The law was not spoken at this time exclusively for the benefit of the Hebrews. God honored them by making them the guardians and keepers of His law; but it was to be held as a sacred trust for the whole world. The precepts of the Decalogue are adapted to all mankind; and they were given for the instruction and government of all. Ten pre- cepts, brief, comprehensive, and authoritative, cover the duty of man to God and to his fellow man; and all were based upon the great funda- mental principle of love. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.” Luke 10:27. See also Deuteronomy 6:4, 5; Leviticus 19:18. In the Ten Commandments these principles are carried out in detail and made applicable to the condition and cir- cumstances of man.
“Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”
Jehovah, the eternal, self-existent, uncreated One, Himself the Source and Sustainer of all, is alone entitled to supreme reverence and worship. Man is forbidden to give to any other object the first place in his affections or his service. Whatever we cherish that tends to lessen our love for God or to interfere with the service due Him, of that do we make a god.
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image,