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Life in Christ

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Jesus summed up man’s duties toward God in this saying:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all

your soul, and with all your mind.”

1

This immediately echoes the

solemn call: “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord.”

2

God has loved us first. The love of the One God is recalled

in the first of the “ten words.” The commandments then make

explicit the response of love that man is called to give to his God.

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THE FIRST COMMANDMENT

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land

of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no

other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a

graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven

above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water

under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve

them.

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It is written: “You shall worship the Lord your God and him

only shall you serve.”

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God makes himself known by recalling his all-powerful,

loving, and liberating action in the history of the one he addresses:

“I brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of

bondage.” The first word contains the first commandment of the

Law: “You shall fear the Lord your God; you shall serve him. . . .

You shall not go after other gods.”

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God’s first call and just demand

is that man accept him and worship him.

1

Mt

22:37; cf

. Lk

10:27: “. . . and with all your strength.”

2

Deut

6:4.

3

Ex

20:2-5; cf.

Deut

5:6-9.

4

Mt

4:10.

5

Deut

6:13-14.

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