Exodus 20:1-17                  “No Other Gods”

If you can’t remember all of the ten commandments, and you get your coveting and false witnessing mixed up, have I got a short cut for you!  The first verses of these commandments really tell us all we need to know to order our lives together.  No wonder Jesus was able to summarize the entire law and prophets by combining the commandments of total love of God and love of neighbor as self.  “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.”  These words establish who God is, what God does, how God values human relationships, and what God intends for us.  If we major in getting this part right, it seems, the rest becomes clear.