First: No other gods


Today we come to the first of the Ten Commandments: “You shall have no other gods but me”.  You’ll remember that this Commandment was given to the people of Israel at Mount Sinai soon after they had escaped from the land of Egypt.  The Egyptians believed in an enormous number of different gods, and they used to paint or carve pictures of them on the walls and pillars of their temples.  So the people of Israel would have been used to seeing pictures of the Sun-god, the Nile-god, the Crocodile-god.  There were even four Hippopotamus-goddesses.  Of course, all this sounds very strange to us, but we must remember that the Egyptians really believed in them and worshipped them.

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