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“Thou shalt have no other gods before   with the nation: divine blessings or curses
        me.”                                  would follow, according to their obedience
          This first commandment is brief, but   or lack of it.
        all the more authoritative for that. God   With  the  coming  of  Christ  into  the
        demanded the loyalty of His earthly   world and the beginning of Christianity,
        people, Israel. Their founding patriarch,   monotheism is still upheld even though
        Abraham, had left behind him the gods of   the existence of God in three divine Per-
        the Chaldeans and put his faith and con-  sons is also clearly seen. The Father, Son
        fidence in Jehovah, the covenant-keeping   and Holy Spirit are co-equal in power and
        God. Abraham’s long journey from Ur to   glory. “The Trinity” (a biblical truth, if not
        Canaan was undertaken on the principle   a Bible term) is a concept so great that we
        of faith, believing what God had said con-  cannot fully understand it, and yet it is so
        cerning the promised land, even though   important that we must believe it, and so
        he  had  never  seen  it.  The  subsequent   wonderful that we ought to enjoy it.
        events in his life proved him truly to be   Following their redemption from bond-
        “the father of all them that believe” (Rom   age, the Israelites, perhaps numbering
        4:11).  He knew God and trusted Him;   over two million people, began a hazard-
        He loved God and worshipped Him; and   ous journey through the desert. There is
        He obeyed God and served Him. We can   no doubt that over four centuries of living
        do the same today. God has not changed.  in Egypt had left their mark – they would
          The Bible asserts repeatedly that there   continue to hanker after what they had
        is only one true God: “Hear, O Israel: The   left behind in that land. Ahead of them
        Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt   lay the land of Canaan and its many idol
        love the Lord thy God with all thine heart,   gods – they would fall prey to the influ-
        and with all thy soul, and with all thy   ence of these false gods and suffer the
        might” (Deu 6:4-5). This is the core belief   consequences. If only they had remained
        in Judaism and forms the initial stanza of   true to Jehovah!
        the oft-repeated daily prayer known as
        the Shema. Other stanzas remind Jews of   Egyptian gods
        the conditional nature of God’s covenant   The ancient Egyptians had a vast pan-
        ¹ All Scripture quotations in this article are from   theon of gods and goddesses associated
        the KJV.                              with the elements above them – sun, wind

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