Lesson 3: January 14-20

‘That in all things He might have the pre-eminence’


MEMORY VERSE: ‘One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.’ Ephesians 4:6.

STUDY HELP: Selected Messages, book 2, pages 317-318.

LESSON AIM: To consider the scope of the First Commandment.




‘“Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.” Jehovah, the eternal, self-existent, uncreated One, Himself the Source and Sustainer of all, is alone entitled to supreme reverence and worship. Man is forbidden to give to any other object the first place in his affections or his service. Whatever we cherish that tends to lessen our love for God or to interfere with the service due Him, of that do we make a god.’ Patriarchs & Prophets, page 305,.


‘No other gods’


1. What is the first of the Ten Commandments? Exodus 20:2-3.

NOTE: ‘God is supreme. It is not for finite man to question His right to govern the universe. God asserted His right to rule when He declared, “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me;” “for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is.” He is the Creator and the Preserver of the worlds. He upholds the universe by the word of His power. Nature and science bear witness that He has a right to govern His own creation. Angels are subject to His rule; therefore let man bow in adoration before Him.’ Signs of the Times, June 5, 1901,


2. How did Jesus respond to Satan’s temptation? Matthew 4:8-10.

NOTE: ‘We need to feel our obligation to the higher Power. That presence is ever with us, asserting supreme authority, and taking account of the service that we render or withhold. There is altogether too little reverence and sincere love for God, and altogether too much self-seeking. “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.” This command must be sacredly observed if we would fulfil the purpose of God for us in our creation and redemption. We must rise heavenward, making God first and last and best in everything. He is our sole, supreme, and everlasting good. Before we are ready to enter His kingdom, self must be crucified. When self is made first, God is put aside, and the sweet sense of His presence and love is lost.’ Review & Herald, November 24, 1910.

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