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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Second Commandment - Idol Creep

July 12

(2 Kings 17:41 NIV) "Even while these people were worshiping the Lord, they were serving their idols. To this day their children and grandchildren continue to do as their fathers did."

(Jeremiah 2:5 NIV) "This is what the Lord says: "What fault did your fathers find in me, that they strayed so far from me? They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves."

(Jonah 2:8 NIV) "Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs."

(Psalms 33:12 NIV) "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance."

Idolatry has sociological implications. What we believe as individuals ripples out into the larger culture. We never hurt just ourselves when we believe wrongly about God. Idolatry is like the swine flu. It attacks the individual, but it also quietly infects and weakens the family and the nation. This is why God strongly warns us against idolatry. Our idols don’t threaten or depreciate God -- they threaten and depreciate us. Idols are like silly trinkets to God, but to us, they are toxic and lethal. They hardly ever possess the traits of the holy God of the Bible, and almost always represent a god who winks at our carnality and blesses our self interests. The god that many people believe in today bears little resemblance to the holy and righteous God of Scripture. Lord, please show us our idols. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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