That Doesn’t Happen Now, Does It?
“So these nations feared the LORD and also served their carved images. Their children did likewise, and their children’s children—as their fathers did, so they do to this day” – 2 King 17:41
Do you remember the accounts in the Bible of people worshiping carved idols? They would make a ‘god’ out of gold, or silver, or sometimes just wood, and then they would worship it. They would encourage others to worship it, and it would spread. One of the main ones that always seemed to plague the Israelites was ba’al. The Israelites had seen the power of the true, living God, but yet still worshiped a golden image.
We look back and wonder, “How can they be so stupid?!” What they did was incredibly stupid; they saw God’s hand deliver them multiple times, He commanded them not to worship any God but Him, and they didn’t obey. They bowed down to something worthless.
Do we literally bow down to cast/carved images of gods nowadays? Well, some people probably do, but it’s very uncommon. Does that mean there isn’t idolatry today? Defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, an idol is: 1) a representation or symbol of an object of worship, 2) a likeness of something, 3) a form or appearance visible but without substance, 4) an object of extreme devotion [emphasis mine]. Do we have any ‘idols’ in this culture, even in your life?
I invite you to click here >>> and watch this short video – it’s only 1:34 so it won’t take all day to watch, and for those on dialup, go there, start it and then pause it, let it load while you go get a glass of water or write a love letter to your spouse or hug your kids or something. It’s very much worth the wait. [note: in the video, that’s only one example. There are many, many, many more examples]
The BOTTOM LINE: If something robs God of even a portion of your devotion and obedience, it’s considered an idol.