Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.(Exodus 20:3-6)
When we read LIKENESS OF ANY THING it would seem people would then not worship anything other than God! But sadly there are many idol’s in today’s world!
So many generations have come and gone yet even today the fear of the Lord is not as prevalent as it should be. When we read in scripture of idolatry and graven images we may think that was in times past,but the same type of worship is still being practiced today. We are to fear God and not other god’s. (2 Kings 17:29-41).
As christians we serve the God of Abraham,Isaac and Jacob who is a far cry from the gods of the people. It is written there are many gods and lords.(1 Corinthians 8:5,6) For though there be that are called gods,whether in heaven or in earth,(as there be gods many,and lords many,)But to us there is but one God,the Father,of whom are all things,and we in Him;and one Lord Jesus Christ,by whom are all things,and we by Him.
Still think there are no idols around today,then consider how in Tibet people worship buddha and in India the cow is considered to be sacred and worshiped. It is worldwide from the virgin mary statues and rosary, while the symbol of the cross and Jesus fish is very popular. Many generations have come and gone and we must ask have we truly come to the wisdom and knowledge of the truth found only in Christ?
Jeremiahs heart was grieved as he saw those around him serving graven images, the people sadly were not acknowledging even in Jeremiahs day that the Lord was in Zion just as He is today, yet people remain unsaved! (Jeremiah 8:18-20)When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint in me. Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the LORD in Zion? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities? The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.
Many are steered away from Gods goodness and are estranged from Him by secret beliefs and thoughts that keep us from serving Him completely! Idol’s of the heart could be our job,money,relationships,self and what scripture says our belly which means we focus on worldly things (Philippians 3:18-21) (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
If there were no more idol’s in the earth or the serving of them, we would not be instructed as scripture teaches in the new testament to keep ourselves from them( 1 John 5:20,21) And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.