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The First Commandment

The Text

The Institutes

The Catechism

The Text

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Exodus 20:3

Rules for Understanding the Commandments

The Westminster Larger Catechism

Question 103: Which is the first commandment?
: The first commandment is, Thou shall have no other gods before me.

Question 104: What are the duties required in the first commandment?
: The duties required in the first commandment are,

  • the knowing
  • and acknowledging  of


to be
the only true God
and our God
  • and yielding all obedience
  • and submission to Him
with the whole man

Question 105: What are the sins forbidden in the first commandment?
: The sins forbidden in the first commandment are

  • and ascribing the praise of any good
    • we either are
    • have
    • or can do
  • to fortune
  • idols
  • ourselves
  • or any other creature.

Question 106: What are we specially taught by these words [before me] in the first commandment?
These words [before me], or before my face, in the first commandment, teach us, that God, who sees all things, takes special notice of, and is much displeased with, the sin of having any other God: that so it may be an argument to dissuade from it, and to aggravate it as a most impudent provocation: as also to persuade us to do as in his sight, whatever we do in his service.

The Westminster Larger Catechism (1648) explains our duties under the First Commandment. You will notice that the brilliant Puritan Theologians who compiled the Catechism discerned duties in passages of Scripture which do not begin with the words "Thou shalt" or "Thou shalt not."
Every word of God is a command for us.
But even the "thou shalts" and the "thou shalt nots" demand more from us than we might first think:
How to Study the Ten Commandments

How to use the Catechism for a Moral Inventory

First, you must agree that the Catechism has correctly explained the implications of the Commandment. Assuming it has, you must agree with God that you are obligated to carry out those principles in your life.

Second you must ask yourself if you have violated each aspect of the command.

Third, you must take steps to develop the Character of Christ, and eliminate "character defects" from your life.

Rushdoony's Institutes of Biblical Law

(links coming in y2k!)
  1. The First Commandment and the Shema Israel
  2. The Undivided Word
  3. God versus Molech
  4. The Laws of Covenant Membership
  5. The Law as Power and Discrimination

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