No other gods before Me
God introduces Himself before beginning to lay down the Law
And God spoke all these words: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” (Exodus 20:1-2) Even now, countless centuries later, He is still the Lord your God, who brought (the Israelites) out of Egypt. Times change, He doesn’t. History may have moved on and He may have acquired new labels, some more relevant to us, such as the poetic, “I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from the World, out of slavery to sin” or the historically accurate, “I am the LORD your God, who sent my Son, My only Son, to die for you so that you may live”.
These are His calling cards, they set the scene for what is to follow. We must not forget this. In my book Into the Lion’s Den, I recounted an unsettling but significant television event, an episode of ITV’s This Morning, when the broadcaster Philip Schofield was castigating Andrea Williams of Christian Concern, for her “out of date” and “noninclusive” views on the LGBT+ issue. The heart of the real issue was encapsulated in these words that he wielded like a weapon, “… because that is not the way now that we are led to believe …”