Act According to the Word of God

 

Why do people worship idols? Aside from the delusion of the Devil, are there other reasons? The history of the Israelites tells us that besides imitating the Gentiles and worshipping idols of other countries, they also created many idols for themselves and called them Jehovah. Exploring the root cause, we find that it is because people prefer to view God from their own perspective, and abide by their own will to concoct ways to worship the Lord. They do not want to act according to the perspective and Word of God.

 

¡§When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, ¡¥Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don't know what has happened to him.¡¦" (Exodus 32:1) When God was speaking to Moses amidst the thick darkness, the Israelites at the foot of the mountain saw only the top being covered by a dense cloud, and did not realize that God was making His greatest revelation to man since the Creation. Within 40 days, the Israelites had lost their patience and failed God¡¦s test (Exodus 20:20). They cast an idol for themselves, saying, "these are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt." (Exodus 32): When people feel mystified by their surroundings, lose their direction for the future and lack assurance in their lives, they will lean towards employing their own methods in order to gain some measure of security. Producing an idol can materially conceptualize a deity of the spiritual realm, and through self-devised worship rituals, they can fairly do as they please, and use God for their own purposes to bring themselves a sense of security and benefaction. This is self-deluding religious behavior. 

 

¡§So he (Micah) returned the silver to his mother, and she took two hundred shekels of silver and gave them to a silversmith, who made them into the image and the idol. And they were put in Micah's house.

Now this man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and some idols and installed one of his sons as his priest. In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.¡¨ (Judges 17:4-6) In order to appease his mother¡¦s curse for his thievery, Micah set up idols in his own home and worshipped them. When he also obtained the consent of a Levite to act as priest in his home, he really thought that God would bless him (Judges 17:13). Some people sin but refuse to repent before God. Instead, they think that by expending effort, time and money on the things of God, or by gaining the affirmation of the pastor, they could turn calamity into fortuity, then they do not understand that the righteous and holy Lord cannot be bribed. If a foolish person who has no knowledge of the Words of God meets up with a spiritually blind preacher, both of them will fall into the pit.

 

¡§After seeking advice, the king made two golden calves. He said to the people, ¡¥It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt¡¦¡KJeroboam built shrines on high places and appointed priests from all sorts of people, even though they were not Levites." (1 Kings 12:28,31) In order to preserve the kingdom he had inherited, King Jeroboam made golden calves and applied the wrong method to worship false idols, even contending that they were the true God who guided the people. He committed an egregious sin, bringing down many and misdirecting them to turn from the true way, falling into the deception of blasphemy. Those who exploit religion and pervert the truth in order to achieve personal political purposes are legion. Yet without those who venerate God to obtain peace of mind, look for convenience in their worship, lack sincerity in their service, hear but do not act on God¡¦s words, and have no knowledge of the Truth, how can the schemes of people like Jeroboam succeed?

 

Dear brothers and sisters, our lives of worship and service before God are not to win good fortune or gain peace of mind, abundant blessings and convenience. All these belong to a human-centered religious view. We should know God¡¦s words thoroughly and carefully obey all of them, so that we will not fall away from God.

 

By: Daniel To