D.L. Moody On The First Commandment

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"Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me."

"We may learn a lesson from the way a farmer deals with the little shoots that spring up around the trunk of an apple tree.

They look promising, and one who has not learned better might welcome their growth. But the farmer knows that they will draw the life-sap from the main tree, injuring its prospects so that it will produce inferior fruit. He therefore takes his axe and his hoe, and cuts away these suckers. The tree then gives a more plentiful and a finer crop.

"Thou Shalt Not" is the pruning-knife that God uses.
From beginning to end, the Bible calls for whole hearted allegiance to Him. There is to be no compromise with other Gods."