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No Other Gods

As the Children of Israel prepared to enter the Promised Land, Moses gave them final instructions in possessing the land and faithfully obeying God’s commands who was giving them the land. The Book of Deuteronomy is a record of Moses’ final words to those he had led from Egypt, through the wilderness, and on to their final destination. With Moses’ prohibition from entering the land flowing with milk and honey due to his disobedience of God’s command to speak to the rock to receive water, upon which Moses “smote the rock twice” in anger during the wilderness wandering (Numbers 20:7-13), his words to them were filled with great significance concerning the seriousness of obeying God’s Word.

God’s command to the Children of Israel entering the Promised Land after crossing the Jordan River was to destroy all the inhabitants that were occupied there: the Hitties, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; “Seven nations greater and mightier than thou… For they will turn away thy son from following Me, that they may serve other gods. The Israelites were to “destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire,” all of which pertained to the idol worship that permeated the land (Deuteronomy 7).

The very first commandment given by God on Mt. Sinai forty years earlier had been, “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me,” (Exodus 20:3-5). The commandment included not to make any graven image, bow down to them, nor serve them. The Promised Land they were about to enter was polluted with idolatrous images which were bowed down to and served by those who resided there. God’s judgment was about to be poured out upon those who dwelt there by His Chosen People in destroying the idol worship that God forbids.

Much is written in the Book of Deuteronomy concerning not following other gods, in addition to the Book of Exodus where God further commands, “Make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth,” (Exodus 23:13). In Deuteronomy 13 the Children of Israel were admonished, “If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him with stones… Because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. And all Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more any such wickedness as this is among you,” (Deuteronomy 13:6-10).

“Thou shalt have no other gods before Me”

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Recognizable Proofs of GOD

Nation of Israel

The Nation of Israel is proof of God’s existence. As the Children of Israel made their way into the Promised Land given to them by God at the culmination of their Exodus from Egypt, they were admonished not to follow after the gods of those who inhabited the land. It wasn’t long before the Children of Israel began to wander off into idolatry and began to sin against the commands of God given to them during their sojourn in the wilderness. After being taken into captivity by foreign kingdoms, allowed to return to their land and rebuild the Temple, only to come under Roman occupation and crucify the Son of God, the Jewish people were scattered to the four corners of the earth for almost 2,000 years. The re-gathering of the people back into their land in recent years is fulfillment of God’s prophesy in Scripture that such an event would take place in the last days as all nations of the earth will come against Israel, her people, and the City of Jerusalem. No other nation of people in the history of mankind has been preserved and re-established.

Creation

In six days God created all the things man would need to live on this earth, including rest on the seventh day. Every tree, plant and herb was created to give man what he would need to nourish life on this earth and build shelter for himself and his family. Every animal God created serves a purpose in continuing life on this planet. God created just the right mixture of gases in the atmosphere and molecules in the water to sustain life. The changing of the seasons remains fixed year in and year out, along with the rising and setting of the sun at just the right distance from the earth each and every day. The creation and ongoing life on this planet is testimony to the proof of God.

Mankind

If not for God, man would not exist. The idea of man did not come from man. It was God who formed the first man from the dust of the ground. It was the breath of God blown into man’s nostrils that allowed man to begin to breathe and continue to breathe. It is the intricate pumping of the heart and the flow of man’s blood as designed by God that keeps a body from death. The very existence of man and the continued propagation of mankind up to this time is proof of God.

Thou Shalt Not Raise a False Report

In Exodus 20 of the Holy Scriptures is listed what is referred to as “The Ten Commandments.” These commandments given to Moses from God on Mt. Sinai include, “Thou shalt not kill;” “Thou shalt not steal;” “Thou shalt not bear false witness.” The list of commandments does not end with the ten most familiar commandments of the chapter, but continue on throughout the rest of the Book of Exodus, the Books of Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, containing over 600 laws in all given by God to be obeyed.

As The LORD continued giving Moses in detail HIS LAW that was to be followed in addition to the Ten Commandments, in the very first verse of Exodus 23 is written, “Thou shalt not raise a false report.” A true witness among the people is what must be maintained to have a civil society for mankind to live in peace and experience the blessings of God. The verse goes on to say, “Put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.” It is Satan who is the father of lies and false reports, and those who follow him do his bidding (John 8:44). The Apostle Paul wrote of those who are deceitful, “Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips,” (Romans 3:13).

Just a few verses following the command, “Thou shalt not raise a false report,” God admonished Moses in the giving of His Law that the people were to “Keep thee far from a false matter,” (Exodus 23:7). Whenever and wherever a falsehood rears its ugly head, God commands man to distance himself from it and not to become a part of it. It is Satan’s desire to deceive the people through falsehoods; it is God’s desire to bring eternal salvation and right living to the people through the TRUTH of His Word (John 17:17).

Look and Live

Once again the Children of Israel were taking the long way around. Upon the crossing of the Red Sea the LORD did not allow them to make a beeline for the Promised Land; instead He guided them to a desert place to regroup and spy out the land before entering. Because of their unbelief in conquering the land with God’s help, He caused them to wander in the wilderness for 40 long years until the unbelieving generation died off leaving their descendants to enter the land flowing with milk and honey (Numbers 13-14).

Moses had heard it all before; the people were once again complaining about a lack of food and water but this time they even loathed the manna from Heaven that had kept them alive throughout the previous decades. Not only were the men, women and children of the new generation grumbling against Moses for their present circumstance, they were murmuring against God, too. It was then the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people. Those who were sinning in rebellion against the LORD were bitten, causing “much people of Israel” to die from the venomous bites (Numbers 21).

As the people came in repentance, confessing their sin and asking Moses to “pray to the LORD that He take away the serpents from us,” the LORD instructed Moses to make a serpent of brass, set it on a pole, “and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. In John 3 Jesus told Nicodemus as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” Jesus then spoke the words of the most familiar verse of Scripture, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life, (John 3:14-16).

Look to Jesus in Repentance of Sin

And Live

                                                                                          

God Is Not Pleased With Many

In the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian Church in modern day Greece he took them back to former times in the life of their forefathers. As is important in knowing their history written by Moses in the Old Testament, he wrote them they should not be ignorant how that:

  • ALL their fathers were under the cloud  (Exodus 13:21-22)
  • ALL passed through the sea  (Exodus 14:21-22)
  • ALL were baptized in the cloud and in the sea  (Exodus 14:19-20,29)
  • ALL did eat of the same spiritual food  (Exodus 16:4)
  • ALL did drink of the same spiritual drink  (Exodus 17:6)

Then Paul reminded them how even though they ALL experienced the same events during their exodus from Egypt, God was not pleased with many of them, for a great multitude of them were overthrown in the wilderness. Paul then listed some of the sins they committed that kept them from entering the Promised Land:

  • Idolatry –  sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play (Exodus 32:1-6)
  • Fornication –  committed and fell in one day 23,000  (Numbers 25:1-9)
  • Tempted God –  were destroyed by serpents  (Exodus 17:2; Numbers 21:4-7)
  • Murmured –  were destroyed by the destroyer  (Numbers 14:1-4,27-32)

Paul then clearly tells them Now all these things happened unto them for examples;” (to the others wandering in the wilderness with them), “and they were written for our admonition.” He then adamantly declares, Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. (I Corinthians 10:1-12)

There are those in every generation who go through the motion of church attendance, baptism, giving money to the church, helping the poor, feeding the hungry, but their hearts are far from God just as many of those who followed Moses into the wilderness. God is not well pleased with those who traverse this earth in like manner and they, too, will not enter the “Promised Land” of Heaven that awaits those who truly repent, put their trust in Christ as Savior, surrendering their lives fully to Him.

“Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should NOT lust after evil things, as they also lusted.”

I Corinthians 10:6

“MOSES: A Man of Selfless Dedication”

Pastor Chuck Swindoll gives a detailed look at the life of Moses from his time spent in a basket on the Nile River to the early years in the palace of Pharaoh, his escape to the  Mosesbackside of the desert to his encounter with God at the burning bush, the deliverance of God’s people to the Red Sea exodus, and forty years of wandering in the wilderness with over a million people who sometimes sought his destruction. In MOSES: A Man of Selfless Dedication, Dr. Swindoll shares from Scripture Moses’ successes and failures, his good days and bad, his obedience to God and his disobedience, his every emotion from gladness to sadness, exuberance to melancholy, anger to forgiveness, and hate to love. A child who started out with so much potential, lost it all, was redeemed by God, used of God, and died in the presence of God, MOSES: A Man of Selfless Dedication reveals in a biographical sketch the bountiful mercy of God, His longsuffering towards man, His leading and guiding of those who will surrender their lives to Him and follow Him wherever He desires to take them, and His leading them home to be with Him forever.

Exodus – Book of “Going Out”

Key Verse:   Exodus 20:2, “I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee                                      out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.”

Moses’ Birth – Chapters 1-2

Burning Bush – Chapters 3–4

Confrontations with Pharoah – Chapters 5-7

Plagues in Egypt – Chapters 8-11

Deliverance from Egypt – Chapters 12-19

10 Commandments – Chapter 20

Law is Given – Chapters 21-32

Wilderness Wanderings – Chapters 33-40