A few years ago while visiting India, I took a trip in a taxi. The driver, who was Hindu, had statues and images of Buddha and several other “gods” attached to the car’s dash. After I revealed myself as a Christian, the driver made sure to show me his small image of baby Jesus in a manger. He was intent on covering all his bases when it came to worship.
The first commandment taught us who God is. The focus is on His exclusivity. The second commandment taught us how to worship the One and Only.
Credibility is huge. The value of words are judged by the credibility of the speaker. Before God introduced Himself in the form of the Ten Commandments, He explained to the Israelites why they needed to listen. God told Moses to tell the people that He had carried them on eagle’s wings and He had chosen them out of all nations to be His treasured possession (Exodus 19:4-5). He reminded them of what He did for them, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery” (Exodus 20:2).