THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
“Thou shalt not make unto thee,
any graven image…”
The LORD gave a solemn warning against idolatry through Moses in Deuteronomy 4:23-24: “Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee. For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.”
Worshipped the host of heaven: God strongly forbids the making of images representing any likeness in heaven above or the hosts of heaven. “And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven” (Deut 4:19). Yet, the children of God worshipped the host of heaven.
Worshipped the figures: The LORD had already prepared the hearts of His children to worship the living and true God instead of figures. This was foreshadowed in the construction of the tabernacle. This tabernacle, which was also the pattern for the building of the temple, foreshadows Christ. It prefigured His roles and offices. The members of the Sanhedrin who were there should have recognised that the pattern of these holy places represented the Lord Jesus Christ as Immanuel, God with us! Idolatry leads to blindness and immorality. This sin has its rippling effect not only to the next generation but to the third and even the fourth generations. The spiritual state of the people engaging in idolatry is likened to the lifeless images and figures that they worship.
Do you worship the images and figures of the great people of your churches and denominations? Do you idolize them?
THOUGHT: Am I idolizing anyone in my heart?
PRAYER: Father, please cleanse me from all forms of idolatry.