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From a sermon by Ebenezer Erskine on Exodus 20:2,3 Ė


"I am the Lord thy God . . . Thou shalt have no other gods before me"



It is more than probable, that it was God, in the person of his eternal Son, that uttered all these words at Mount Sinai, and this promise in particular, whereby the law was ushered in. Here was a parliament, or general assembly of angels, called at Mount Sinai; and Christ, the great Angel of the covenant, was the president, or great Lord-speaker. This I gather from Psalm 68:17, 18, compared. Verse 17, it is said, "The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them as in Sinai, in the holy place." Well, what Lord was it that was among them at Sinai? "Even that same Lord," verse 18, "who ascended upon high, and led captivity captive, and received gifts for men," &c. See also, to the same purpose, Acts 7:37, 38, compared. Verse 37, "A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear." Christ is that great prophet. But then notice what follows, verse 38, "This is he that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel that spake to him (viz., unto Moses and the children of Israel) in the Mount Sinai, and with our fathers." So that it was Christ, the Son of God, that spake all these words in Mount Sinai, saying, "I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage." "Thou shalt have no other gods before me," &c. And by the way, this furnishes us with a noble confutation of the Arians, who deny Christ to be a supreme, self-existent, and independent God. Who did ever doubt that it was the supreme God, the self-existent God, that spake all these words, and delivered the law with such awful solemnity at Mount Sinai! Yet, from what I was saying, it appears that it was none other than Christ, the eternal Son.



Ebenezer Erskine (1680-1754) and his brother Ralph were famous Presbyterian ministers in Scotland, and close friends of Thomas Boston. Their father was Henry Erskine, under whose preaching the youthful Thomas Boston came to Christ.  



The Works of Ebenezer Erskine, Vol 2 (Free Presbyterian Publications, 2001), pp21,22.