The first commandments talked of our duty to God.
It was fit that those should be put first, because man had a Maker to love before he had a neighbour to love and justice and charity are acceptable acts of obedience to God only when they flow from the principles of piety.
It cannot be expected that he should be true to his brother who is false to his God.
Our duty to God is, in one word, to worship Him, that is, to give to Him the glory due to His name, the inward worship of our affections, the outward worship of solemn address and attendance.
This is spoken of as the sum and substance of the everlasting gospel. Revelation 14:7, Worship God.
Exodus 20:3 says “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”.
The Egyptians, and other neighbouring nations, had many gods, the creatures of their own fancy, strange gods, new gods.
This law was prefixed because of that transgression, and, Jehovah being the God of Israel, they must entirely cleave to Him, and not be for any other, either of their own invention or borrowed from their neighbours. This was the sin they were most in danger of now that the world was so overspread with polytheism, which yet could not be rooted out effectually but by the gospel of Christ.
The sin against this commandment which we are most in danger of is giving the glory and honour to any creature which are due to God only.
Pride makes a god of self, covetousness makes a god of money, and sensuality makes a god of the belly.
Whatever is esteemed or loved, feared or served, delighted in or depended on, more than God, that we do in effect make a god of.
This prohibition includes a precept which is the foundation of the whole law, that we take the Lord for our God, acknowledge that He is God, accept Him for ours, adore Him with admiration and humble reverence, and set our affections entirely upon Him.
It is intimated:
1.) That we cannot have any other God but He. There is none besides Him.
2.) That it is very provoking to Him, it is a sin that dares Him to His face, which He cannot, and will not, overlook. Psalms 44:20-21.
After God in the life of a man is his parents.
The fifth commandment therefore tells us the duties we owe to our parents. “Honour thy father and thy mother”.
1. A decent respect to their persons, an inward esteem of them outwardly expressed upon all occasions in our conduct towards them. Fear them (Leviticus 19:3). Give them reverence, Hebrews 12:9. The contrary to this is mocking at them and despising them, Proverbs 30:17.
2. Obedience to their lawful commands Ephesians 6:1-3. “Children, obey your parents, come when they call you, go where they send you, do what they bid you, refrain from what they forbid you and this, as children, cheerfully, and from a principle of love.”
Though you have said, “We will not,” yet afterwards repent and obey, Matthew 21:29.
3. Submission to their rebukes, instructions, and corrections, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward, out of conscience towards God.
4. Disposing of themselves with the advice, direction, and consent, of parents, not alienating their property, but with their approbation.
5. Endeavouring, in everything, to be the comfort of their parents, and to make their old age easy to them, maintaining them if they stand in need of support, which our Saviour makes to be particularly intended in this commandment, Matthew 15:4-6.
The reason annexed to this commandment is a promise: “That thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee”.
Here, a long life in good land is promised, particularly to obedient children.
Those that do their duty to their parents are most likely to have the comfort of that which their parents gather for them and leave to them. Those that support their parents shall find that God, the common Father, will support them. This promise is expounded (Ephesians 6:3), That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
Those who, in conscience towards God, keep this and the rest of God’s commandments, may be sure that it shall be well with them, and that they shall live as long on earth as Infinite Wisdom sees good for them, and that what they may seem to be cut short of on earth shall be abundantly made up in eternal life, the heavenly Canaan which God will give them.
No matter how simple the above two commandments may look, it might be difficult for whosoever has not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and personal Saviour. That is why I am imploring you to do that now.
My prayer is that the Lord God will take us to our promised land and grant us long life to enjoy it in Jesus name.
Good morning and have a wonderful day in Jesus name.
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