Day 55: Deuteronomy 12-15; Concerning worship…

Well… I’ve never seen an Asherim pole, nor have I seen a high place like is being described today.  Nor has anyone ever claimed to be a prophet to me and told me about something amazing and then tried to get me to follow other gods.  Again, I wonder how relevant to us Scripture like this is.  We’ve talked at great lengths about the Holiness of God and how His people were to be set apart and be a kingdom of priests.  These things are quite important as they continue to set the stage for the rest of Scripture.  Many of these themes are echoed throughout the Bible, both Old and New Testaments.

We’ve also talked about the Sabbath regulations and the need to set aside time for the Lord.  There are many parts of the Law that have to do with setting aside something for the Lord.  Why do we do this?  I think that part of it has to do with the understanding that all things belong to God.  The Lord has given us all of the many blessings that we have, and asks us to be in right mind about them and to trust that the Lord will continue to provide for us.  I think it is also a part of living out the Shema that we talked about on Friday.  Jesus says that all of the laws and prophets hang on this command to Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and strength.  As we discussed, the strength portion of that statement has to do with wealth as well.

But perhaps there is more to this section than just review.  There is a great deal of talk about worship here, especially not worshiping other gods.  Again, I don’t think that we are necessarily tearing down Asherim poles in our spare time, but there are things in our lives that do detract us from God, right?  Maybe it isn’t a profit that tells us some miraculous thing that happen but a news man that tells us of something some celebrity or political person does.  Would a story like that consume our minds… and possibly draw us into gossip about it?  Perhaps we are being warned here to stay away from such trivialities… Or maybe we have gotten really good at carving out time for that special TV show, book, exercise activity, or maybe video games, yet we aren’t so good at carving out time for God… I wonder if our idols are not made of wood and stone anymore, but of processors, screens, “reality” shows, and/or made up dramas that capture our attention and our hijack hearts…


4 Responses to “Day 55: Deuteronomy 12-15; Concerning worship…”

  1. william bagley says:

    You are right Keep in mind money is also an image……Ti 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
    1Ti 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
    1Ti 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
    1Ti 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
    1Ti 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
    ………..also have seen the Ti 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
    1Ti 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
    1Ti 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
    1Ti 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
    1Ti 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
    ……..Also have seen the Washington Monument Not Good they are all over this country Also Picture can be images Have you seen the new Denver air port Its Loaded with images….our malls are also full of idols and image People spend most their time in these places and no time in the word……2Co 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the””” IMAGE”””” of God, should shine unto them. 

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