6/29 Acts 7:30-45
“Forty years later, in the desert near Mount Sinai, an angel appeared to Moses in the flame of a burning bush. 31 Moses saw it and wondered what it was. As he went to see, the voice of the Lord called out to him, 32 ‘I am the God of your ancestors — the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.’ Moses shook with terror and dared not look. 33 “And the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground. 34 You can be sure that I have seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries. So I have come to rescue them. Now go, for I will send you to Egypt.’ 35 And so God sent back the same man his people had previously rejected by demanding, ‘Who made you a ruler and judge over us?’ Through the angel who appeared to him in the burning bush, Moses was sent to be their ruler and savior. 36 And by means of many miraculous signs and wonders, he led them out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, and back and forth through the wilderness for forty years. 37 “Moses himself told the people of Israel, ‘God will raise up a Prophet like me from among your own people.’ 38 Moses was with the assembly of God’s people in the wilderness. He was the mediator between the people of Israel and the angel who gave him life-giving words on Mount Sinai to pass on to us. 39 “But our ancestors rejected Moses and wanted to return to Egypt. 40 They told Aaron, ‘Make us some gods who can lead us, for we don’t know what has become of this Moses, who brought us out of Egypt.’ 41 So they made an idol shaped like a calf, and they sacrificed to it and rejoiced in this thing they had made. 42 Then God turned away from them and gave them up to serve the sun, moon, and stars as their gods! In the book of the prophets it is written, ‘Was it to me you were bringing sacrifices during those forty years in the wilderness, Israel? 43 No, your real interest was in your pagan gods — the shrine of Molech, the star god Rephan, and the images you made to worship them. So I will send you into captivity far away in Babylon.’ 44 “Our ancestors carried the Tabernacle with them through the wilderness. It was constructed in exact accordance with the plan shown to Moses by God. 45 Years later, when Joshua led the battles against the Gentile nations that God drove out of this land, the Tabernacle was taken with them into their new territory. And it was used there until the time of King David.
Every age of mankind has its own unique idols and its own style of idol worship. For example in the USA we worship personal success almost to the exclusion of everything else. We strive to be number one. The lonely and downtrodden are overlooked unless it benefits us to remember them. We seek personal beauty and self-fulfillment. The Lord is God and we are to worship Him alone. We have one Lord and one God and He has manifested himself to us in a form we can understand. His name is Jesus and He is God’s everything.
JUNE 29 – IDOLS
6/29 Acts 7:30-45