Sunday, November 4, 2012
“Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: they have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: they have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat” (Psalm 115:4-7 KJV).
Two common misconceptions are: (1) everyone worships the same God, and (2) everyone will eventually make it to heaven. Today’s Scripture answers both with a resounding “NO!”
Today’s Scripture and its context (verses 1-9) briefly contrast the God of the Bible to the idols of the world. Surely, they are not one and the same, for verse 4 utilizes the possessive adjective “their” in reference to idols, and verse 3 uses the possessive adjective “our” in reference to the God of the Bible. Idols and their worshippers, and the God of the Bible and His worshippers, form separate crowds.
Again, when the LORD discussed the idols of the Canaanites, He cautioned Israel: “But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves: for thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a-whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice; and thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a-whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a-whoring after their gods. Thou shalt make thee no molten gods” (Exodus 34:13-17).
If the Canaanites worshipped Israel’s God, why did God instruct Israel to destroy the Canaanites’ shrines, altars, and idols? Unquestionably, they were not constructed for the God of the Bible! God commanded Israel not to intermarry with the Canaanites, for the Canaanites did not serve Him. If we all worship the same God, why would God need to be “jealous?” Obviously, we should realize there are other things competing for the praise and worship He alone deserves.