Tag Archive | false idols

Psalm 96: 4-6 ” For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and glory are in His sanctuary.”

“For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.”  (Psalm 95:3)  I added the emphasis  to make us all think for a moment of just how glorious and awesome God is.  He is deserving of our praise and worship… He is God (capitol G)… not all the “little” gods we allow in our life.  For when we put our trust in idols (little gods),  we’re putting our confidence in worthless and vain man-made objects…not the God that created the heavens and earth.  He is the one and only great God above all, and is so worthy of our praise.

II Chronicles 29: 1-3 ” Hezekiah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother’s name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done. In the first month of the first year of his reign, he opened the doors of the Temple of the Lord and repaired them.”

King Hezekiah had his priories where they needed to be from the very start.  One of his very first acts as king was to open up the Temple, which his father Ahaz had earlier boarded up.  Instead of keeping the Temple of the Lord open for worship, Ahaz had placed altars to foreign gods at every street corner for the people. (II Chronicles 28:24-25)  Hezekiah’s superstitious dabbler in idolatrous cults father had even scorned the Prophet Isaiah’s promise of a coming Immanuel  (Isaiah 7:14) to instead run after foreign gods.  The new King Hezekiah, with God’s help, was finally able to launch the long-needed moral and religious reform within the nation of Judah.

II Chronicles 30: 27 ” The priests and the Levites stood to bless the people, and God heard them, for their prayer reached heaven, His holy dwelling place.”

The people of Israel and Judah had gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover.  This great assembly rejoiced and praised God for being able to meet together once again.  And as their prayers rose to God, revival broke out.  For before they even traveled home, it says they went throughout the country-side smashing false idols, cutting down Asherah poles, and destroying other places of pagan worship.   Their prayers had been heard, they caught the vision God had for them, and they could not help but act on it.  I pray for the same type of revival to break out in us.

I Kings 16:30-31 ” Ahab, son of Omri, did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him. He not only considered it trivial to commit the sins of Jeroboam, son of Nebat, but he also married Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and began to serve Baal and worship him.”

Queen Jezebel brought her false religion and idols with her and tried to force it on Israel.  She was extremely intelligent, cunning, evil…and  ruthless in destroying anyone who stood up to her…killing off many of the Lord’s prophets.  This Jezebel spirit seeks to infiltrate, and once in,  tries to attack, undermine and destroy people, marriages, Churches, and Ministries.  This critical spirit worms its way in with charisma and manipulation slowly taking control only then to turn…causing major dissension, strife, in-fighting, and malicious gossip. Those in Leadership positions are especially in their sights to destroy.  Even strong Christians can be brought down by this Jezebel spirit…look at Elijah.  Even though he had just defeated 400 prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel…when Jezebel threatened him…he ran.  Elijah was so distraught and depressed he wanted to quit and just walk away from God…until God strengthened him and gave him a Word.

Jeremiah 16:19 ” O Lord, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in time of distress, to You the nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, ‘Our fathers possessed nothing but false gods, worthless idols that did them no good.’ “

Over the course of history there hasn’t been anything made by man that could take the place of Jesus Christ.  From the wooden statues overlaid with gold to the modern-day idols we chase after today…they are and will always be fraudulent, deceitful, and totally worthless.   I Samuel 12:21 warns us, “Do not turn away after useless idols.”  For anytime we take God off His throne and place a man-made object there instead, we’re putting our trust in ourselves. And no man-made idol has or will ever have the power to save our souls…only Jesus can do that.

II Kings 17:14-15 ” But they would not listen and were stiff-necked as their fathers, who did not trust in the Lord their God. They rejected His decrees and the covenant He had made with their fathers and the warnings He had given them. They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless.”

Stiff-necked is a great word picture.  It comes from oxen resisting the yoke placed on them by the farmer.  And when we turn away from God and His Word…we’re essentially doing the same thing.  We stubbornly think God’s yoke is too difficult to bear and so in rebellion we throw off the yoke of obedience.  But it warns us in Galatians 5:1, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”  For we become totally deceived  when we think that the yoke of sin is easy to escape out of…for in reality, the bondage of its yoke is far heavier and  more difficult to carry.

Jonah 2:8 ” Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.”

Anytime we put a “thing” between us and God…that’s an idol.  Anytime we take God off the throne of our heart and put that “thing” in His place…it’s an idol.   We’d all vehemently deny that we engage in idol worship…but let’s stop and think about for a moment.   An IDOL is – Iconoclastic Ideology that causes Deception  Over Our  Lives.  An idol is something that attacks and opposes cherished beliefs and doctrines in a very misleading and crafty way…slowly and deceptively worming its way into our lives over time…until that idol has become firmly established on the throne of our heart.  We may say we’re not into idol worship…but who’s sitting on that throne today? The newest smart phone…an addiction…unforgiveness?  Anything can become an idol when it comes between and causes discord between God and you.