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Friday, July 25, 2008

Many Gods

We know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one. For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live. (1 Corinthians 8:4-6 NKJV)

"For the sin of divination [witchcraft] is rebellion; insolence [self-will] is both iniquity and idolatry." (1 Samuel 15:23 LITV)

Who would commit idolatry? The idea of worshiping an idol of wood, stone or metal is disgusting. Yet God equates idolatry with patsar—to persistently press or peck against His authority with self-will. He equates rebellion to the same alliance with the devil used for occultic practices, which elevate demons as gods. And there is no denying that we have idols, for that is exactly what we call the famous and pretty faces even God’s people may gaze upon and emulate.

YHWH of Hosts, Lord of Heaven and Earth, You alone are our God. You alone are worthy to receive our adoration and give us counsel by Your Word, Your Spirit, Your people. To You alone may we give ourselves.

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