Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Huh? Other gods? These "gods" must be false gods. Perhaps the made up gods we worshiped under the sacred oaks. Our Baals. Our false gods...our false ideas and mistaken beliefs about God and his character and nature...which was perfectly mirrored in Jesus. If the god we worship does not look exactly like Jesus then he is a phony and a god of our own making, bearing attributes we have assigned to him.
I came across the following verses the other day (while busting hump on the treadmill at the gym)
Hosea 2:16-17 -
16 In that day'" says the Lord, "you will call Me, 'My Husband.' And you will no longer call Me, 'My Baal.' 17 For I will take the names of the Baals from her mouth. The names of these false gods will never be spoken again. New Life Bible
The word translated "spoken" in this verse actually means
to remember, recall, call to mind
to make a memorial, make remembrance
So he promises to take the names of the false gods from our mouths and our minds...as he replaces the mistaken, erroneous, misplaced characteristics we have attributed to him and replaces them with the truth...and the truth looks exactly like Jesus.