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; International Sunday School Lesson
1 ' (For April 87th, 1952,. ' -' '
Memory Selection.: "Thou ehalt
have no other gods before me. Thou
, shalt not. make unto thee a graven
image." Exodus 20:. 8-4.
v Lesson Text: Exodus 20s 1-6;
Luke 14: 25-27; 16: 13-15.
It is not just a "happen-so" that the!
.Ten Commandments begin with laws?
. concerning man's relationship with j
God, for, after all, one's conception
' of God Is the most important con- j
ception one may have, because it in.'
fluences every other relationship.'
After reminding the children of
Israel of his goodness to them.; in
leading them out of (their bondage in
Egypt, the first commandment which
God gives them forbids polytheism
the .worship of many gods: "Thou
shalt have no other gods before me."
The Israelites, had just come from
, a land where a ' multitude of gods
were worshipped and they were albout
to go into the land of Canaan, where
the inhabitants had many gods. There
fore, it was necessary that they be
impressed with tfche fact that they had
but one God, Jehovah, who had been
the means 'of delivering them from
the hands of the Egyptians and who
was to guide them into the Promised
Land. : .r: ;: ' - v ;
Inasmuch as God had done this for
them, surely he was entitled to and
deserved their love and worship. Had
- it not been for Him, and His grace
and mercy and power, the Israelites
would have had no freedom, would
know no God, enjoy no hope for the
, future, and would have had no nation
of their own. Then, surely the com
mand, "Thou shalt have no other gods
before me," was not an unreasonable
.demand. .; '
: : Dr. G. Campbell Morgan has declar
ed, "If God is what He claims to be,
then He must be the supreme object
of worship. If , it is true that He is
1 Jehoah, ' then the Commandment is
a reasonable one, and t must be a
' very unreasonable thing to have any
other God beside; Him.' In the very
necessity of the case, if the words
" spoken by God be true, then God is
sufficient and God is God. There
cannot be two who fulfill that de-
'acription of limitless life. That be
comes an impertinence and a sham to
a man who hag had a vision of the
true God., Every man needs a God.
Therai& aw-manho-haa ot, some
where in his heart in his life, in the
essentials of his being, a shfine in
which is a deity whom he worships."
But, "Ye cannot serve God and mam
mon," said Christ '
It might be worthwhile in this con
nection, to point out that the reverent
sincere worship of God tends, to lift
a human being higher, while the op
posite is true in the case of the idol
worshipper. Someone has explained
this by the thought that the god of
the heathen is lower than the worship
er himself. , Consequently, it drags
him farther and farther down. The
Christian's God id infinitely higher
than man and, as man worships Him,
he is lifted up until he-inevitably
grows more like Him.; 1
Even while these words were being
' written by -Moses on Mount Sinai, the
Hebrew people irked by his long ab
sence from them and reeling tne neea -
of worship, erected a Golden Calf at
the foot of the mountain. It is easy
for us to condemn the short memory
. of these " Israelites, who so quickly
forgot the goodness of God to them
and so easily turned back to idol
wwrshinrinsr as practiced by the Egyp
tians among whom they bad lived
for so many years. (However, before
we -condemn them too heartily, let us
search our own hearts. Is there any
thing that we are worshiping other
than the true UodT v -;
Jesus agreed heartily with the Book
of Exodus in making the first com
mand loyalty and obedience to God.
He gave very definite teachings about
real worship -.when, he walked with
the Samaritan woman at the well near
(Sychar. The important thing to be
remembered, he declared, is the man
ner in which God is worshipped. God
desires men and woman to worship
him in spirit and reality. For, "Good
is, a Spirit; and they that worship him
must worship him in spirit and in
truth." , .
G. K. Chesterton once said: "Man
eannot break the laws of God h can
only break 1 himself against '.them"
God's Slaws are immutable, unbreak
able. You can .defy the law of gravi
tation . s-tl jump off a skyscraper,
with . suits The law of gravi
tation .11 h'Z stand unbroken-only
you w'.l Is broken into bits, . :
iWhst i fe iiol that you are wor
shippi r i ' 1 cf J hovah tfor you
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GO VO Co'IS
Jul i i I J.
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Tom has a ballbat and Joe has a
mitt They are two sturdy, normal,
active boys, eager for a good time.
But something is missing
There isno ball. They can swing
the bat in thin air all day long, and
wave and pound the mitt. Yet all
their motions are completely sense
less if they have nothing to strike at
or to catch.
You are a fortunate normal Ameri
can, eager for a good time and happy ,
life. But perhaps, there is something '
missing in your life too.
Do you go through the motions of
earning a living, clothing and feeding
your family, finding entertainment,
yet everything seems rather empty,
' Perhaps then God is missing. Seek
Him and. your life will take on new
, meaning with vital purpose. "Seek
and you shall find"
THE CHURCH FOB Al . . .
Ali FOR THE CHURCH
Th Church i the graotost fac
tor on arth for the building of
character and good clUzanihlp. ft
1 a itorohoui of spiritual values.
Without a strong Church, neither
democracy nor civilization can
survive. There are four sound
reasons Why every person should
attend services regularly and sup
port the Church. They are: (1)
For his own sake. (2) For his
children's Sake. (3) For the sake
of his community and nation, (4)
for the sake of the. Church itself,
which needs his moral and ma
terial support. Plan to go to
church regularly and read your
8undy.....Mtthew 7 1-12,
Monday.... Luke t 1-11
Tuesd Tnhn 1 19-91
Wednesday. Acts 1-10
Thursday. . .Acts 4 1-12
Friday Acts S 26-38
Saturday.., James 1 14
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C W. Doling, Pastor
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