The First Commandment Catechism Questions 34-40 Why does God forbid us to have any other gods? What is God protecting with this First Commandment? Isaiah 45:21 Isaiah 42:8 God, the only true God, is protecting his glory with this commandment. How does God want us to give him the glory due him? Proverbs 8:13a Matthew 22:37 Psalm 37:5-6 God wants us to give him the glory due him by fearing, loving, and trusting him above all things. How do people disobey this commandment? Romans 1:23 John 5:22-23 Matthew 10:37; Psalm 62:10; Proverbs 3:5; Jeremiah 17:5 People disobey this commandment by open or secret idolatry. God’s Word and My Life • An unbelieving husband forbids his Christian wife to go to church. What would you do if you were that woman? • Evaluate: It's wrong for me to want to make as much money as I can. God’s Word and My Life • Show in each of the following examples how the first commandment serves both as a mirror [to show us our sins] and as a guide [to show us how to thank Jesus for taking all our sins away]: – My boss at work tells me to do something dishonest, for example, to lie about a problem with a product the company sells. – I’m facing a very difficult test, and my friend tells me, “You’re smart enough to pass that test on your own without any trouble.” God’s Word and My Life • Show in each of the following examples from Jesus’ life how he saved us from our sins against the first commandment by fulfilling this commandment perfectly for us. – In his temptation by the devil. – In his prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. – In his last words on the cross commending his spirit to God. The First Commandment protects God’s Glory by telling us to… Just drink one beer; you won’t get caught! No, I want to do what God says rather than what you say. Fear God! No! I love God more than fun. C’mon, let’s skip church. Love God! It’ll be alright. God will take care of me. Trust God! The First Commandment protects God’s Glory by telling us not to… Open Idolatry Open Idolatry Secret Idolatry Why does God forbid us to have any other gods? God forbids us to have other gods because he wants us to give him the glory due him by fearing, loving, and trusting in him above everything.