Any employee that has had more than one supervisor knows the confusion that can occur when trying to follow instructions from several people and trying to please several people. It never works well. Consider trying to please multiple gods. That too, would not work out well. Thankfully, Christians worship one God, follow instructions from one God, and try to please one God. Let’s take a look at the one God the Bible describes.
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God Is One
I. GOD IS ONE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
When reading the first five books of the Old Testament it is good to remember who wrote the books, to whom they were written, and what was the historical context of “god” at that time. Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible (Deut 31:9; Luke 24:37; Acts 3:20-23) between 1446 and 1406 BC after the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. At that time there were numerous gods throughout the Ancient Near East: gods of fertility, water gods, grain gods, and many many others. Moses was God’s chosen leader to take the people out of Egypt, and he wrote the first five books of the Old Testament as a way to communicate to the Israelites who they were and who their God was.
One of the main points that Moses wanted to make in the first five books of the Bible was that there is one God.