The problem with idolatry

God warns us throughout Scripture about idolatry. Idols are repulsive to God and since he never does anything without a reason, we must be clear why they’re a danger.

With the Lord, everything is about authority and truth and he must always be the source of them. He says, “You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:3; cf. Hebrews 11:6).

Witchcraft and sorcery fall into this category (Deuteronomy 18:9-14). When we listen to them, we’re listening to Satan instead of God and that has serious, eternal consequences (John 8:44; Revelation 20:7-10).

We can be guilty of listening to talk show hosts, televangelists, parents, false teachers and celebrities instead of God and we’ve created an idol that supersedes the Lord in our minds.

God frequently mocks dumb idols as inferior (Isaiah 44:9-20). He told Israel that humans crafted wood or gold into useless gods that they had to carry around (Isaiah 46). The idols were helpless without their supposed worshippers.

God’s persistent warnings to Israel to avoid idols (Leviticus 19:4) were to protect his people. The Egyptians, Babylonians and the Romans were three of the greatest idolaters in the ancient world and Israel was in bondage to all of them.

That seems too providential to be coincidental.

God wanted to do everything he could to provide a clear distinction. The dead idols were worthless in answering prayers, comforting the stricken, remitting sins or providing eternal life (Isaiah 45:20). God offered them complete care physically and spiritually (Jeremiah 2).

Israel was repeatedly reminded of God’s eternal diligence (Psalm 78) to clearly contrast his faithfulness with the useless idols (1 Kings 18:20-40).

Will we learn their lessons or will we persist in listening to the wrong voices even today (Galatians 1:8-9)?

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