Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
September 20, 2017

We have now begun a study on the first commandment: Exodus 20:3.
The first commandment is where true liberty begins in EXO 20:3   "You shall have no other gods before Me.


By way of summary, this commandment recognizes human volition, which is the basis for maintaining freedom — by knowledge of the truth.


Numerology = the secret meanings of numbers to reveal biblical principles I gave you the number 12 as a guideline to what God The Holy Spirit would have us understand.


We have been given, as believer-priests in the Church Age, the ministry of the Holy Spirit to fulfill the law.


When I say the Law is fulfilled, I do not mean keeping six commandments out of the ten, or keeping any of the ten; I am talking about the ministry of the Holy Spirit in providing freedom!


The doctrine of idolatry.

  1. The worship of a physical object or objects as God.
    2. Inordinate attachment or extreme devotion to something.

They are related to the fact that Israel was appointed as a client nation to God, Exo 19:4‑6.


Idolatry was also specifically forbidden in Exo 20:23, Deu 5:7, 6:14, 7:16, 8:19.


Deu 5:7  'You shall have no other gods before Me.


Deu 6:14 "You shall not follow other gods, any of the gods of the peoples who surround you,


Deu 7:16 "And you shall consume all the peoples whom the Lord your God will deliver to you; your eye shall not pity them, neither shall you serve their gods, for that would be a snare to you.


Deu 8:19 "And it shall come about if you ever forget the Lord your God, and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I testify against you today that you shall surely perish.


Idolatry is also analogous to spiritual adultery.


Idolatry is an attack on category one love or love for God, Jer 3:8‑10; Eze 16:23‑43, 23:24‑30; Rev 17:1‑5.


The scripture teaches that idolatry begins in the mind and proceeds to overt practice, Judg 2:10‑13; Eze 14:7.


  1. Baal-berith = covenant Baal, or the lord and the guardian of the covenants.

Baal berith was worshipped in Jdg 8:33, 9:46.


  1. Baal-gad = the lord of good luck, or the Baal of fortune, worshipped in ISA 65:11.

ISA 65:11  "But you who forsake the Lord, Who forget My holy mountain, Who set a table for Fortune, And who fill cups with mixed wine for Destiny,


  1. Baal-hamon = possessor of abundance.

SOL 8:11 "Solomon had a vineyard at Baal‑hamon; He entrusted the vineyard to caretakers; Each one was to bring a thousand shekels of silver for its fruit.


  1. Baal Hermon = this was the mountain god and the place that was the center of all Baal worship. (Worshipped in Jdg 3:3, 1Ch 5:23,
    Deu 3:9.)
  2. Baal peor = this was the god of prostitution and sex, worshipped in NUM 25:1-3.
  3. Baal Zebub = the fly god, or the god of counterfeit. (Worshipped in 2Ki 1:2-3.6:16.) = the god of deception

The scripture teaches that idolatry begins in the mind and proceeds to overt practice.

Shiggaon in the Hebrew or the mental breakdowns where believers have no spiritual strength and no doctrine resident in their soul and so they immediately accept a substitute, in most cases a cheap substitute = sublimation.


Jdg 2:12 They forsook the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, And followed other gods from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed themselves down to them; thus they provoked the Lord to anger.


JDG 2:13  So they forsook the Lord and served Baal (the ba'al's) and the Ashtaroth.


Eze 14:7 "For anyone of the house of Israel or of the immigrants who stay in Israel who separates himself from me, sets up his idols in his heart,

  1. The worship of a physical object or objects as God
    2. Inordinate attachment or extreme devotion to something.

The bronze serpent was the means which God used to reveal His Son, TLJC, to the congregation of Israel.


It was the means to bring them to an expected end,....which was a personal relationship with Jehovah Elohim, the Lord God.


Joh 3:14 "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up."


Joh 12:32 "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself."


Heb 12:2 "Looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."


They began to worship the means that God used to reveal himself rather than God Himself = a form of idolatry.


The children of Israel made an idol out of that which God used to deliver them and heal them = Neshushtan.

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