2015 A to Z – I – Idolatry

Welcome back for Day 9 of my 26 part favorite bible verses that explain my beliefs about the bible and faith in Jesus Christ. Late last year I joined a local bible study group that had the subject of Moses’ life and the first five books of the bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. While I can say I have read a lot in Genesis and more than usual in Exodus the other books were certainly consider in the neglected list as far as my reading is concerned.

There was a particular subject in this study that is a repeated warning:

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The Israelites repeatedly had issues with idols. While Moses was away, up on the mountain with God receiving the Ten Commandments the Israelites turned to their idols and fashioned a golden calf. Did they know better? Sure, it was a regular point of teaching. We can compare that to ourselves. While it is unlikely we have a golden calf or other graven statue in our homes, we have just as much of an issue with idols.

Anything that comes between you and God is an idol. Work, play, money, time and any number of things can become an idol. We have to learn how to put God first. We expect God to bless us with the best of everything, how can we not give the same?

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How do we avoid idolatry? By making the worship of God a priority. We must learn what idolatry is and how it creeps in. The bible has repeated teaching in many books, both in the Old and New Testaments. We must not think that Jesus coming to earth as a sacrifice ended the desire to worship an idol. I try very hard to keep my worship directed toward God and not any man made thing.

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7 thoughts on “2015 A to Z – I – Idolatry

  1. This is one of the toughest struggles of the Christian walk, isn’t it? The Israelites struggled with statuesque idols of worship whereas we struggle with a myriad of idolatrous possibilities–money, drugs, fame. In some ways it’s the same, and in some ways its different, but the effect is the same. It separates us from God. Great post.

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  2. With the ever-increasing sedentary life habits we are thrown into (constant technological changes), we are learning to become idle as well which makes us susceptible to idolatry: the tired husband from work drops in front of the couch and watches tv until bed time. The frazzle-minded kids from school with video games. The mother whose children drive her crazy loves her 9-5 job.

    It’s not just the quality of life that becomes gods, but obsessions! You’re right, to place God first is being humble, recognizing that it is His hand that rocks this world and not our own doing.

    Matthew 6:24
    No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

    Elizabeth Mueller
    AtoZ 2015
    My Little Pony

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