Do not go after other gods to serve and worship them, or provoke me to anger with the work of your hands. Then I will do you no harm. Yet you have not listened to me, declares the LORD, that you might provoke me to anger with the work of your hands to your own harm. “Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts: Because you have not obeyed my words,- Jeremiah 25:6-8 ESV
And God spoke all these words: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before Me. (Exodus 20:1-3, see also Deuteronomy 5:6-21) When God decided to choose the Jewish People as HIS PEOPLE, when it was time to show them HIS STANDARD- to teach them how to be HIS CHILDREN- This was HIS FIRST COMMANDMENT. He led with this, this is the MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF INFORMATION GOD felt HIS CHILDREN needed to know: you are to have NO OTHER GODS! To Jehovah, a ‘god’ is anything you desire, fear, crave or focus on more than anything else. Today we need to ask ourselves, WHO\WHAT IS MY GOD that I am serving? What is the main desire of my life? For that is your God.
Leader, today, most people would never consider carrying around a little emblem, a little statue and worship it as a God. We would not have an ‘idol’ that we would bow down to and worship, like many of our forefathers that we read about in the Bible. You might not have idols, or statues of gold, silver or brass that you put on an alter…but many have DEIFIED people and things, relationships and experiences. The word DEIFY means: to treat (someone or something) like a god or goddess. To make a god of, or raise to the condition of a god. To worship or revere as a god, to deify a leader. We can deify various emotions or ambitions. These can become controlling influences of a persons life. Every man\woman has a GOD. Even a person who claims to be an ATHEIST, is only claiming NOT TO BELIEVE in the God who created the universe, the God of the BIBLE. But we all have a God, it might be our own intellect, as with an atheist, but we ALL WORSHIP something; A spouse, our intellect, our passion, our pleasure, our children, our country, our fame and social standing in our world- every man has a GOD!
Conduit, in Biblical days they worshiped INTELLECT, they worshiped the EARTH, this is the worship of BAAL. Some worship the unbridled sexual passions- “don’t tell me who I can love!”. This is the worship of ASHTORETH. There are many people who claim they don’t believe in God. The reason they don’t want to believe in God is because their fleshly desire in life, their master passion of their life is pleasure. They want to live for self and the pleasure they can obtain from the various things in life they can experience. This is the god of MOLECH. In Biblical times people were more honest than we are today. At least they acknowledged these FALSE GODS. Today we no longer make images that represent them, but we are still driven BY THESE GODS; The master, or controlling passion of our lives- this is our GOD! As the ‘Time of the Gentiles’ draws to a close we must decide; ‘WHO WILL I SERVE’, who will I make my God? The TIME IS NOW, decision time is at hand. But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15) “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! (Deuteronomy 30:19)