Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 17, 2018

Idols

Filed under: God,love,treasure,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:42 pm

2 Kings 18:1-4 ​1 In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Hezekiah son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. 2 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother’s name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah. 3 He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done. 4 He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it (NIV)

The snake Hezekiah broke into pieces was the one Moses held up to save the Israelites from death by the snakes God sent them for their disobedience.  When they looked up at the snake Moses made and was holding, they were saved.  They kept the snake as a relic and treasure of part of their history.  Over time, they started worshiping the snake.  Before we condemn them we must search our own hearts.  What relics do we overly treasure?  Do we worship the cross or some other symbol?  Our worship is for God and Him alone.  Do we value our treasures over the feelings of others?  We are to love others more than any material thing.  Let us be sure we keep our hearts in the right direction.  We are to worship God, cherish God, treasure God above all else.  If we are treasuring something or someone else, let us put it out of our lives.  Let us not become idolaters,  Let us love and worship our God with all our heart, strength and mind.

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