What is the first commandment and why does it matter? What does it mean to not have other gods before God? Why does God demand our complete loyalty? How do we worship God alone? How do we keep from worshipping other Gods?
On this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys are joined by Tony Miltenberger of The Reclamation Podcast and Spirit & Truth to discuss the set of questions in John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism dealing with the first commandment (questions 45-48). They discuss the jealousy of God, what things can be like gods for us today, and why what has our allegiance matters.
Along the way, Jim tries to get Allen to sing 90s pop, Allen is concerned with Jim’s gambling, and Brett reveals that he does believe in the Great Pumpkin.
ALSO, our guest, Tony, makes a very important announcement about The Podechesis Podcast.
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Tony Miltenberger and The Reclamation Podcast
Tony is the director of leadership and discipleship for Spirit & Truth.
In addition to serving with Spirit & Truth, Tony Miltenberger is the Lead Pastor at Restoration Church in Centerville, Ohio. Restoration has experienced a revival by working to create a disciple-making culture that focuses on being a church without walls. He is a husband, father, coach, 16 year Army Reserve Veteran and sports fanatic. In 2014 he and his mentor Charles Causey wrote the book Unbreakable (Abingdon Press) to help articulate what they had learned in helping marriages throughout their military careers. A self-professed relationship junkie, he engages conversation through the Reclamation Podcast and his blog that can be found at www.twmilt.com.
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Shorter Catechism Questions, Answers and Scripture Proofs
Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #45
Q: Which is the first commandment?
A: The first commandment is, “You shall have no other gods before me.”
Scripture Proof: Exodus 20:3
Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #46
Q: What is required in the first commandment?
A: The first commandment requires us to know and acknowledge God to be the only true God, and our God; and to worship and glorify him accordingly.
Scripture Proof: 1 Chronicles 28:9; Deuteronomy 26:17; Matthew 6:10; Psalm 29:2
Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #47
Q: What is forbidden in the first commandment?
A: The first commandment forbids the denying, or not worshipping and glorifying, the true God as God, and our God; and the giving of that worship and glory to any other, which is due him alone.
Scripture Proof: Psalm 14:1; Romans 1:21; Psalm 81:10-11; Romans 1:25-26
Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #48
Q: What are we specially taught by these words [before me] in the first commandment?
A: These words [before me] in the first commandment teach us that God, who sees all things, takes notice of, and is much displeased with the sin of having any other God.
Scripture Proof: Ezekiel 8:5-18; Psalm 44:20-21
Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)
Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism
Martin Luther’s Larger Catechism: 1st Commandment
John Wesley’s Explanatory Note: Exodus 20:3
Daily Text by Seedbed.com