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1 year 4 months ago #11527 by FemiClef
  _It is advisable that you prayerfully and meditatively read the text first_  *FOLLY OF IDOLATRY* *TEXT:* DEUTERONOMY 17:1-6._*KEY VERSE* "Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die" (DEUTERONOMY 17:5)._  Brother Dominic came from an idol worshipping community. His father was the priest to a tree by the village stream, which the whole community worshipped. They ascribed all sorts of mysterious powers to the tree. But on getting to Lagos, Dominic heard the good newvs about Jesus Christ, repented and became a Christian. He went home on annual leave with his family, but he was surprised that the whole community began to weep because their son "had abandoned the god of his fathers and followed a strange God." God's people are warned in our text against offering any ill-favoured animal for sacrifice, for that is an abomination to Him. He further warned against any man or woman who would go to worship other gods, the sun, the moon or any of the hosts of heaven. Such individuals, after diligent inquiry, must be stoned to death. ldol worship is an affront to God. It is giving the glory due unto Him to graven images. God is a jealous God and rightly so. He is the One who "created all things, and for [His] pleasure, they are and were created" (Revelation 4:11). The folly of men and women who "worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator" has been a source of concern to God all through the ages. Today's idol worship is manifold. Some worship self, money, a mentor, fashion, sports, etc. Even in the church, some find it difficult to pay close attention to and take careful note of the Word to worship and to pray. The preacher must round off because there is a football match or television programme coming up. But God still demands true worship today. Heaven-bound saints must avoid every shade of idolatry and worship the Father "in spirit and in truth." *THOUGHT FOR THE DAY* Idolatry is against heaven.  *BIBLE IN ONE YEAR* LUKE 11-12. *MEDITATION* Why an idol worshipper must be stoned to death under the Law *1. The identity of an idol worshipper*a. They worship and serve the hosts of heaven, including the moon and the stars, v3.b. They worship inanimate objects including those that represent living or dead beings, v3.c. They worship and reference the creatures, including money, materials things, and man above God, Romans 1:25.d. Sexual sins and covetousness, Colossians 3:5.e. Stubbornness against the word or command of God, v2, I Samuel 15:23.*2. The iniquity in idol worship*a. Idol worship, whether in heart or attitude, are great sins before God, v3, Exodus 3:5.b. Idol worship effectively competes with the Lordship of the Godhead right from the heart that is owned by God. c. It is not possible to serve the creature and the Creator at the same time, Matthew 6:24. Those who consciously or unconsciously mix both are actually idol worshippers in the heart.d. The command of God is expressly against it, v3, Exodus 20:3-5.e. It is a deliberate insult against God. Can you imagine someone bowing down to greet a maid but ignore the mistress? Can you imagine someone serving the things created by God and yet derides the Creator? It is an height of foolishness and dishonor against the God of heaven and earth.f. God called it wickedness and it is punishable by both physical and eternal damnation in the Law; while it is punishable with spiritual death, spiritual blindness, damnation and eternal death in this period of grace, v5, Galatians 5:20,21. *Note* As a result of God's anger on idolatry, believers from idol worshipping backgrounds fights more battles before they could be the best God plan for them. Also, those who are harbouring spiritual idols will need more prayers and consecrations before they could break through into knowing and actualising God's will with ease. "Flee from idols". *Prayer points*Search my heart O Lord and reveal any secret inner idol in my heart that I cherish above youCleanse me O Lord from any idol competing with my love for GodLet the Holy Spirit empower the word of God to destroy every altar of modern and spiritual idols erected in the heart of His ChildrenLord, send the revival that will sweep away all idols in all your churches *HYMN* Take my life and let it be

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