A Challenge to Idol Worship

20111029-081507.jpgSince the beginning of the Israelite nation, beginning with the time that Moses spent on Mount Sinai, the people had struggled with idol worship. Recall how they made the golden calf at Aaron’s direction when they thought that Moses wasn’t coming back from the mountain. God warns against idols – it even merited one of the Ten Commandments. So how strongly does God feel about idol worship?

“Present your case,” says the LORD. “Set forth your arguments,” says Jacob’s King. “Bring in your idols to tell us what is going to happen. Tell us what the former things were, so that we may consider them and know their final outcome. Or declare to us the things to come, tell us what the future holds, so we may know that you are gods. Do something, whether good or bad, so that we will be dismayed and filled with fear. But you are less than nothing and your works are utterly worthless; he who chooses you is detestable. Isaiah 41:21-24

I get the feeling from this passage that idol worship is being mocked by the Lord. I don’t get this mocking tone from any other passages in the Bible (at least, none that I can recall). It is interesting to see how God lays out the challenge to those who put their trust in idols, as if to say, “Okay, prove yourselves, do something great, or give us a direct answer to a question.”. I think it safe to say that the Lord is in strong disapproval of putting other gods before Him.

What are our idols in today’s culture?


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