Words from the Heart for Friday April 9th, 2021
You shall have no other gods before me.
Exodus 20:3 (NIV)
No Other Gods
Back in 2019 the Royal Canadian Mint produced a 3-coin set of 20-dollar silver coins featuring Norse gods. The mint said at the time, “Norse mythology has influenced the way we tell stories and given rise to everyday words, including some days of the week—Wednesday for Odin, Thursday for Thor, and Friday for Frigg. The Norse gods and giants are even part of Canada’s multicultural heritage: they’re the folk heroes of Scandinavian Canadians who made their home all over Canada.”
In the days of the Hebrew Scriptures, every nation had their own god or gods. Known as national gods, many of them were usually geographically localized and assisted personal gods that each family would claim. So, a person could have a variety of gods that they hoped would protect them and bring them good luck. The people often lived in fear of their gods, doing their best to please and appease them so they could be counted on. Into this cultural context the One true God began to reveal Himself to the people of Israel. And the first command He gives them is found in Exodus 20:3: “You shall have no other gods before me.” It seems like such a simple command. But in a world where there were so many gods, the Lord God knew that the hearts of His people would be drawn to the false gods of the nations around. Over time, the Lord would reveal His nature to His people and they would soon see the contrast between Him and the national gods. He alone is the One true God, and His people are called to worship and honour Him alone.
These have been words from the heart.