32:21 They have made Me jealous with what is not God; They have
provoked Me to anger with their idols. So I will make them jealous
with those who are not a people; I will provoke them to anger
with a foolish nation,
1 Samuel 12:21 "You must not turn aside, for then you would
go after futile things which can not profit or deliver, because
they are futile.
When Anything or Anybody Gets What God Alone Deserves
Ex 20:3-4 (NIV) "You shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything
in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below."
· God destroys idols; He is the great iconoclast. Even
good things can become idols, and while reveling and boasting
seem good at the time, it is a grave disservice to idolize anything
or anybody. The result is God's wrath, on you and the idol. God
will not be eclipsed.
2 Ki 18:3-4 (Amp) Hezekiah did right in the sight of the Lord...
He broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for
until then the Israelites had burned incense to it; but he called
it Nehushtan [a brazen trifle].
James 4:5 (Jer) Surely you don't think the Scripture is wrong
when it says: the spirit which He sent to live in us wants us
for himself alone?
The Lust For Idols--A Matter of The Heart
James 4:3-4 (Phi) You don't get what you want because you don't
ask God for it. And when you do ask he doesn't give it to you,
for you ask in quite the wrong spirit--you only want to satisfy
your own desires. You are like unfaithful wives, never realizing
that to be the world's lover means becoming the enemy of God!
Anyone who chooses to be the world's friend is thereby making
himself God's enemy.
Col 3:5-6 (Jer) That is why you must kill everything in you that
belongs only to earthly life: fornication, impurity, guilty passion,
evil desires and especially greed, which is the same thing as
worshipping a false god. All this sort of behavior makes God angry.
Eze 6:8-9 (NIV) "...How I have been grieved by their adulterous
hearts, which have turned away from me, and by their eyes, which
have lusted after their idols. They will loathe themselves for
the evil they have done and for all their detestable practices."
Deut 29:18 (NIV) Make sure there is no man or woman, clan or tribe
among you today whose heart turns away from the Lord our God to
go and worship the gods of those nations; make sure there is no
root among you that produces such bitter poison. (See also through
But Everyone Else Is Doing It...
2 Ki 17:15 (NIV) They rejected his decrees and the covenant he
had made with their fathers and the warnings he had given them.
They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless.
They imitated the nations around them although the Lord had ordered
them, "Do not do as they do," and they did the things
the Lord had forbidden them to do.
2 Ki 17:40-41 (NIV) They would not listen, however, but persisted
in their former practices. Even while these people were worshipping
the Lord, they were serving their idols. To this day their children
and grandchildren continue to do as their fathers did.
1 Cor 10:7 (NIV) Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as
it is written: "The people sat down to eat and drink and
got up to indulge in pagan revelry."
Public Image--Making Idols Of Men
1 Sam 15:23 (NIV) For rebellion is like the sin of divination,
and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
Acts 8:9 (NIV) Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced
sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted
that he was someone great...
· A.W. Tozer: "Christ calls men to carry a cross;
we call them to have fun in His name. He calls them to forsake
the world; we assure them that if they but accept Jesus the world
is their oyster. He calls them to suffer; we call them to enjoy
all the bourgeois comforts modern civilization affords. He calls
them to self-abnegation and death; we call them to spread out
like green bay trees or perchance even to become stars in a pitiful
fifth-rate religious zodiac."
Eze 8:12 (NIV) He said to me, "Son of man, have you seen
what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the darkness,
each at the shrine of his own idol?"
2 Pet 2:18 (NIV) For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by
appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they
entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error.
1 Cor 12:1-2 (NIV) ...I do not wish you to be ignorant... somehow
or other you were influenced and led astray to dumb idols.
Isa 41:29 (NIV) "See, they are all false! Their deeds amount
to nothing; their images are but wind and confusion."
Jer 2:5 (NIV) This is what the Lord says: "What fault did
your fathers find in me, that they strayed so far from me? They
followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves."
Ps 97:7 (NIV) All who worship images are put to shame, those who
boast in idols...
1 Sam 12:21 (NIV) Do not turn away after useless idols. They can
do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless.
Isa 57:12-13 (NIV) "I will expose your righteousness and
your works, and they will not benefit you. When you cry out for
help, let your collection [of idols] save you! The wind will carry
all of them off, a mere breath will blow them away. But the man
who makes me his refuge will inherit the land and possess my holy
Isa 42:8 (NIV) "I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not
give my glory to another or my praise to idols."
Do We Take Idolatry As Seriously As God?
Eze 6:4-6 (NIV) "... I will slay your people in front of
your idols. I will lay the dead bodies of the Israelites in front
of their idols, and I will scatter your bones around your altars...
your idols smashed and ruined, your incense altars broken down,
and what you have made wiped out."
1 Cor 6:9-10 (NIV) Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit
the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral
nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual
offenders nor thieves nor the greedy... (Rom 1:23-25)
Eph 5:5 (NIV) For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure
or greedy person--such a man is an idolater--has any inheritance
in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Isa 57:5-8 (NIV) "You burn with lust among the oaks and under
every spreading tree... The idols... are your portion; they, they
are your lot... You have made your bed on a high and lofty hill...
Behind your doors and your doorposts you have put your pagan symbols.
Forsaking me, you uncovered your bed, you climbed into it and
opened it wide..."
Eze 23:7,29-30 (NIV) She gave herself as a prostitute... and defiled
herself with all the idols of everyone she lusted after... They
will deal with you in hatred and take away everything you have
worked for. They will leave you naked and bare, and the shame
of your prostitution will be exposed. Your lewdness and promiscuity
have brought this upon you, because you lusted after the nations
and defiled yourself with their idols.
Isa 57:10-11 (NIV) "You were wearied by all your ways, but
you would not say, 'It is hopeless.' You found renewal of your
strength, and so you did not faint. Whom have you so dreaded and
feared that you have been false to me, and have neither remembered
me nor pondered this in your hearts? Is it not because I have
long been silent that you do not fear me?"
Ezekiel is Grabbed By The Hair and Shown "Inside" The
Temple Of God
Eze 8:5-6 (NIV) ..."Son of man, look toward the north."
So I looked, and in the entrance north of the gate of the altar
I saw this idol of jealousy. And he said to me, "Son of man,
do you see what they are doing--the utterly detestable things
the house of Israel is doing here, things that will drive me far
from my sanctuary? But you will see things that are even more
Eze 8:5:7-10 (NIV) Then he brought me to the entrance to the court.
I looked, and I saw a hole in the wall. He said to me, "Son
of man, now dig into the wall." So I dug into the wall and
saw a doorway there. And he said to me, "Go in and see the
wicked and detestable things they are doing here." So I went
in and looked, and I saw portrayed all over the walls all kinds
of crawling things and detestable animals and all the idols of
the house of Israel.
Eze 8:12,15 (NIV) He said to me, "Son of man, have you seen
what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the darkness,
each at the shrine of his own idol? They say, 'The Lord does not
see us...'" He said to me, "Do you see this, son of
man? You will see things that are even more detestable than this."
Eze 8:16-18 (NIV) He then brought me into the inner court of the
house of the Lord, and there at the entrance to the temple, between
the portico and the altar, were about twenty-five men. With their
backs toward the temple of the Lord and their faces toward the
east, they were bowing down to the sun in the east. He said to
me, "Have you seen this, son of man? Is it a trivial matter
for the house of Judah to do the detestable things they are doing
here?... Look at them putting the branch to their nose! [witchcraft]
Therefore I will deal with them in anger; I will not look on them
with pity or spare them. Although they shout in my ears, I will
not listen to them."
Eze 9:1-2 (NIV) Then I heard him call out in a loud voice, "Bring
the guards of the city here, each with a weapon in his hand."
And I saw six men coming from the direction of the upper gate,
which faces north, each with a deadly weapon in his hand. With
them was a man clothed in linen who had a writing kit at his side.
They came in and stood beside the bronze altar.
Eze 9:3-4 (NIV) Now the glory of the God of Israel went up from
above the cherubim, where it had been, and moved to the threshold
of the temple. Then the Lord called to the man clothed in linen
who had the writing kit at his side and said to him, "Go
throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads
of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things
that are done in it."
Would You Qualify For This "Mark" In God's "Temple"
Eze 9:5-7 (NIV) As I listened, he said to the others, "Follow
him through the city and kill, without showing pity or compassion.
Slaughter old men, young men and maidens, women and children,
but do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary."
So they began with the elders who were in front of the temple.
Then he said to them, "Defile the temple and fill the courts
with the slain. Go!" So they went out and began killing throughout
Eze 9:8-11 (NIV) While they were killing and I was left alone,
I fell facedown, crying out, "Ah, Sovereign Lord! Are you
going to destroy the entire remnant... in this outpouring of your
wrath...?" He answered me, "The sin of the house of
Israel and Judah is exceedingly great... So I will not look on
them with pity or spare them, but I will bring down on their own
heads what they have done." Then the man in linen with the
writing kit at his side brought back word, saying, "I have
done as you commanded."
2 Cor 6:16 (NIV) What agreement is there between the temple of
God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God
has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and
I will be their God, and they will be my people."
James 4:5 (NIV) ...the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely...
Repent Or Perish--A Greater Judgement Is Coming
· A.W. Tozer: "Grace will save a man... but it will
not save him and his idol."
Jonah 2:8 (NIV) "Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit
the grace that could be theirs."
Eze 14:3-6 (NIV) "Son of man, these men have set up idols
in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces.
Should I let them inquire of me at all? Therefore speak to them
and tell them, 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When any
Israelite sets up idols in his heart and puts a wicked stumbling
block before his face and then goes to a prophet, I the Lord will
answer him myself in keeping with his great idolatry. I will do
this to recapture the hearts of the people of Israel, who have
all deserted me for their idols... Repent! Turn from your idols
and renounce all your detestable practices!'" (Joshua 24:14-27,
1 Pet 4:3 (NIV) For you have spent enough time in the past doing
what pagans choose to do--living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness,
orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.
James 4:7-10 (Phi) Be humble then before God... You are sinners:
get your hands clean again. Your loyalty is divided: get your
hearts made true once more. You should be deeply sorry, you should
be grieved, you should even be in tears. Your laughter will have
to become mourning, your high spirits will have to become dejection.
You must humble yourself in the sight of the Lord before he will
lift you up.
Eze 36:25 (NIV) "I will sprinkle clean water on you, and
you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities
and from all your idols."
Eze 37:23 (NIV) "They will no longer defile themselves with
their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for
I will save them from all their sinful backsliding, and I will
cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God."
1 Jn 5:21 (NIV) Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.
1 Cor 10:14 (NIV) Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.