God Had No Tolerance for Idolatry Among His People

God instructed Israel that if they discovered a man or woman among them who had gone and served and worshiped other gods, that this would happen, “then you shall bring out to your gates that man or woman who has committed that wicked thing, and shall stone to death that man or woman with stones” (Deuteronomy 17:5).
God had no tolerance for idolatry among His people, for He is a jealous God. He demands exclusive loyalty and will not share the affection that His people should have only for Him with another god.
It is as in a marriage. The affection that should only go to one’s spouse must not be put on another person outside of that marriage. God’s people, Israel then, the church today, are married to Him.
Let us then give Him our exclusive loyalty.

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