Monday, August 8, 2011

The Commands of Christ - Matthew 4:10

“Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”” –Matthew 4:10

Who is the command to?

Spoken to Satan, but it is a general command for all mankind, repeated from Deuteronomy 6:13

What does the command require?

Worship and serve God only. This means all other things are not to become objects of worship. It doesn’t mean that God just receives most of our worship—it means He receives all of our worship. Matthew 6:24. To worship is to express reverence to and give worth to God. Worship of God is the chief purpose of mankind. It is the highest achievement of mankind.

Following this command requires that every attention of our mind, every action of our hands, and every word spoken by our mouths be in worship and service of God.

What truths do we learn through this command?

God alone is worthy of our worship. All things, no matter what it is or how important it seems to be, pale in comparison to who God is. That means that jobs, money, possessions, human relationships, prestige, power, etc. all are of no value and do not deserve or require any worship.

What are the consequences for not following this command?

spiritual adultery, the pursuit of worldly ambitions, 

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