Commandment #1 – No Other God

The “Ten Commandment” studies will follow the following sequence: 1. In the Beginning; 2. The Command to Israel; 3. Israel’s history; 4. The Gospel; 5. Christian Living. Times indicated in brackets are a guide only. Take from that where most time is meant to be spent during these studies rather than a “command” 🙂 An alternate method is offered at the end of this study.

Opening Question

Is it obvious that there is only one God?

Exodus 20:1-3

And God spoke all these words:  2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.  3 “You shall have no other gods before me.

In the beginning (5 mins)

What does Genesis 1 teach us about the uniqueness of God?

“In the beginning God!” He is the one true God over all the world.

The command to Israel (5 mins)

Read the following bible verses and summarise them. Why did the first commandment need to be written and placed up front?

  • Exodus 19:4-6
  • Deuteronomy 6:4
  • Deuteronomy 6:13-15

Israel’s history (10 mins)

Lookup these verses and describe how Israel performed under this command.

  • Numbers 25:1-18; Deuteronomy 13:1-18
  • Jeremiah 35:15
  • Malachi 3:1,5

The Gospel (10 mins)

What difference has Jesus made to our understanding of this command?

  • John 1:1
  • John 8:57-59
  • John 14:5-14
  • John 20:27-29

Christian Living (15 mins)

We now stand in a position of knowing God in truth. The LORD who promised in Malachi to visit Israel has come! What do we do with this information? Reflect on the following verses and discuss how we respond to the 1st commandment.

  • Matthew 28:19-20 All authority belongs to Jesus. Teach the world about God as three in one!
  • Acts 1:8 
  • Colossians 1:15-17 Lord of Creation
  • Philippians 2:10 every knee will bow and tongue confess.

An Alternate Method

Another way of guiding your group through the command is to ask the following 4 questions and use the references above to guide discussion.

  1. Is this command obvious? 
  2. What does this command teach us? 
  3. What difference does Jesus make? 
  4. How should we live out this command today?