Idolatry (Covetousness)

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on July 27, 2008
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Deuteronomy 4:15-18 The Canaanites and Egyptians practiced this kind of idolatry. The former worshipped Baal and Astarte, and the latter Osiris and Isis. Today, many Eastern religions worship idols as does the Roman Catholic Church.

Verse 19 Today, people focus on their signs and horoscope.

Deuteronomy 5:7-10; 6:4-6, 13-16 Recurring theme throughout the Scriptures

Deuteronomy 13:1-5 God had them take extreme action to eliminate this evil from among them. Rebellion is opposition to God, the absolute authority in the universe. Such open defiance to Yahweh is deadly and must be stopped, or all of Israel would suffer.

Deuteronomy 13:6-18 As with cancer, idolatry has potentially unlimited growth and destruction and therefore cannot be ignored. The public capital punishment had a purpose --"Then all Israel will hear and be afraid, and will never again do such a wicked thing among you."

The kingdom of Israel was divided into Israel and Judah because of the idolatry of Solomon. The first act of the king of Israel after the split was by Jeroboam which was to set up the golden calves of Egypt (1 Kings 12:25-33). Ahab, the King of Israel, brought in Baal worship (1 Kings 16:29-34), which was ultimately the demise of the nation.

2 Kings 17:7-23 Idolatry was the reason for the fall of their kingdom. Eventually, Judah also fell because they too were given to idolatry. Psalms 106 and 115

Ephesians 5:3-14; Colossians 3:5 and 6 The other form of idolatry common in professing Christians is greed or covetousness. We need to pause and consider how much of our lives are dedicated to our stuff.

Matthew 6:19-21 What are our treasures? What do we value the most? The deception we face is thinking that something other than what gets most of our attention is what we truly treasure. "I value my family which is why I work 60 hours a week."

Matthew 6:25-33 What do we worry about?

Matthew 13:44 The Kingdom is to be our treasure, that which we desire most.

Luke 6:20-26 What do we think this means? How do we determine who is rich? By looking at Donald Trump? By the people of the Congo, we are rich!

Luke 12:13-34 We must beware and be on guard.

Luke 18:18-31 Many times we are blind to the consequences of our own sins.

1 Timothy 6:3-11

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