Sunday, November 6, 2022

Idols that SPEAK

 

Exodus 20:5

King James Version

5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, 

nor serve them: 

for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, 

visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children 

unto the third and fourth generation 

of them that hate me;


Ten days ago, we wrote a post, quoting Scripture on "dumb idols".

And here's what those two words mean:

speechless idols

mute idols

false gods that can’t even speak

idols, which can’t speak at all

idols that cannot even talk

idols—things that have no life

idols—things that could not speak

gods who couldn’t even speak

lifeless idols

idols that could not speak

idols—things that have no life

idols that couldn’t even speak

from one idol to another, not one of which could speak a single word

one phony god to another

false gods who couldn’t even speak

statues of gods that couldn’t even speak

false gods. None of these gods could speak

ELILIM ILLEMIM ("Dumb idols, idols incapable of speech" 

idols that cannot speak

voiceless idols

mere images carved by human hands

idols that could not talk

dumb maumets

dumb simulacra


Well, what do you know.

Sly, sly Satan.

He found a way around that.

He gave us idols that speak.

For the longest time, there have been real, live, speaking, breathing, dancing, acting, singing, teaching idols.

They've even named shows with the word "idol".

All the people in the industries (for there are many) show off their wealth, power, looks, prestige, and talent.

One industry feeds upon another.

Sponsors feed upon beauty, sports, arts, music, and culture industries, and vice-versa.

If they are true believers in JESUS, they'd know the command:

1 Corinthians 10:31

King James Version

31 Whether therefore ye eat, 

or drink, 

or whatsoever ye do, 

do all to the glory of God.


Your popularity is judged by your most recent song, movie, business, invention, win, or lecture.

If you're out of the loop, then what are you doing in that industry, when there are many more able-bodied, power, money, and fame-hungry people who want to take your place?

There are enough managers and marketers to tell you that the power, money, and fame industry is brutal.

You're only as good as your last "performance" or "offer".

Everyone wants a slice of the popularity pie.

With matching likers, followers, and sponsors.

Everyone trying to profit from each other.

Can you now imagine the neuroses involved in this?

And now, everyone has access to the internet.

Aren't all these the tools of Satan to mock GOD, and destroy us?

Aren't all these the enemy's tools so we don't focus on JESUS?


Now, everyone has a digital platform, and potential presence to boast in.

And how GOD hates anyone who boasts.

Jeremiah 9:23

King James Version

23 Thus saith the Lord, 

Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, 

neither let the mighty man glory in his might, 

let not the rich man glory in his riches:


The internet has become the devil's playground.

He now has captured the minds, souls, and pockets of the viewing public.

He influences promoters, businessmen, and creative people to host concerts, make movies, show off ideas and inventions, even let evangelists speak.

On the pretext he wants people to be happy, to be entertained, to be taught.

When in truth, Satan wants us to look up to him, to idols, and be corrupted to become one, and have our own following, too.

JESUS was clear how to differentiate who are His, and who belong to Satan.

Matthew 7:20

King James Version

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.


Luke 16:15

King James Version

15 And he said unto them, 

Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; 

but God knoweth your hearts: 

for that which is highly esteemed among men 

is abomination in the sight of God.


John 10:27

King James Version

27 My sheep hear my voice,

 and I know them, 

and they follow me:


Naturally, man gravitates to the popular, the rich, even the weird.

These days, hardly anyone wants to be obscure, or left out.

But everything has become idolatrous, and cult-like.

A total abomination to GOD.

When you adore others, you cannot possibly adore GOD.

The LORD was clear about His FIRST commandment:

Exodus 20:1-7

King James Version

20 And God spake all these words, saying,

2 I am the Lord thy God, 

which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, 

out of the house of bondage.

3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, 

or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, 

or that is in the earth beneath, 

or that is in the water under the earth.

5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, 

nor serve them: 

for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, 

visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children 

unto the third and fourth generation 

of them that hate me;

6 And shewing mercy unto thousands 

of them that love me, 

and keep my commandments.

7 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; 

for the Lord will not hold him guiltless 

that taketh his name in vain.


Satan will continue to find holes in our armor.

That's his character.

That's his agenda.

That's his reason for being.

May we not fall into his deadly trap.

TRUE born agains can't.

We are not wired to do so.

Hebrews 10:26

King James Version

26 For if we sin wilfully 

after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, 

there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,


We only listen, and share, the WORD of GOD.

Jeremiah 9:24

King James Version

24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, 

that he understandeth and knoweth me, 

that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, 

judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: 

for in these things I delight, 

saith the Lord.


Related material:

Idolatry

On idolatry

JESUS and Satan

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The devil's devices

How demons MESS with our MIND

That OLD serpent

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