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Topic: idol worship
First we will find out the meaning of idol.
• Idol: an idol is a graven image or effigy material that is worshiped.
• Idolater: an idol worshiper or someone who worships idol.
First, when God created man, He did not make any sort of image for the man to worship. He set Himself for man to Have Dominoin. He was the God who said come let us make man in our own image (Genesis 1:26). Man was the only thing been made by the image of God. From then, man began to bow down to Almighty God who brought him into the world. In Exodus 20: 4 God says; ' You shall not make yourself idol in form of anything in Heaven above or on earth beneath or in the waters below'. Now if you study this statement very carefully, it's a command. So any man who has fell in this command is a disobedient to the commander which is God. In verse 5, it says 'You shall not bow down to them or worship them' he went further to say, 'He is a jealous God, punishing the children for their sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me'. But the very first command was in verse 4 which says ' You shall have no other gods before me.
God really emphasize on this so much. He knew that the only way man can divert or turn away from Him is to have another god.
First He said: do not have
Second: you shall not make
Thirdly : you shall not bow down.
This three simple command is very important in man's life. That is what God hate so much. Because He knew that once man make an image, the next thing is to bow for that image and from doing that it will lead man in committing immorality and shedding of bloods.
Man has finally succeeded in making an image.( exodus 32:1) in vs 4, he took all the handed to him to make an idol cast in shape of a calf, fashioning it with tool. Then he said, these are your gods O Isreal, who brought you up out of Egypt.
Now people were so foolish to believe what Aron told them. If that is the case, they have carrying their god on their body all this while and still looking for a god to worship.
I also learnt one thing hear, despite they were so foolish, they remembered to worship God. Many of us here presents, don't even remember to pray, fast or even worship God. In those days, their kind of worship is not centered on prayer but praises.
Let's go on, in verse 9, 'God said to Moses, "they are stiff necked people". 10, " now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make a great nation".
Now, God has seen that man has neglected His command. And with that it lead them to so many evil practices. He quickly told Moses in Leviticus 18:1-29, where He told Moses so many things that the Israelites should not do, in chapter 19 and 20, He did the same.
In judges 17:1( Micah's idol)
2 kings 17:41, 2kings 23:1(Josiah)
Remember 1john 5:21
•Talk on king Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 1:26-30)
• Case study: catholic way of idol worship (Jeremiah 10:1-4, vs 8-15. Jeremiah 44:1-down., Ezekiel 8:6-12, Zechariah 10:2-3(the idols speak lies)
• Case study: Genesis 1:3-5 the Muslims way of idol worship(Worshipping of sun and moon of sun and moon)
The word Tammuz means the tenth month of the civil year; the fourth month of the Ecclesiastic year ( in June & July)
Second, it means the Sumerian and Babylonia god of pastures and vegetation.
Ezekiel 8: 14-18
• counting of bids
• bowing down to an image in view of Christ, spreading and hanging it on the car, house and working place.
N/B: there is no place in the bible where people bow down to caved image representing Mary the mother of Jesus. There is no place in the bible where the followers of Jesus or the early Christians were worshipping or bowing to an idol molded in form of Christ.
•God will banish all the idols and remove the people of impurity -Zechariah 13:2.
Man is living in darkness and God will destroy anyone living in that form. When Jesus came into this world, He came in a human flesh, He never came as in form of an idol or image.
•Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 10:7,14-22.
1: O Lord God of Abraham, forgive me for disobeying your commands and law you gave concerning worshipping of idols and images.
2: O Lord God of Heaven and Earth, destroy anything that represents idol in my life!
3: O Lord God of mercy, separate me from any covenant my father and my mother made to any idol or image concerning my life, future & destiny!
4: O Lord God of Isaac and Jacob, restore whatever the idol from my father's and mother's house have stolen from me!
5: O Lord God, give me a new life!