It is amazing how up to date the Bible is. Thousands of years ago, God warned the Israelites about idols. Idols are destructive and lead to perversion and other dangers. God told the Israelites, ‘You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices.’ 1 Then there are 17 verses that give a list of illicit sexual practices.
# The issue was the idolatry of the Egyptians and Canaanites.
- When you combine God’s warning to the Israelites with Romans 1:21-31, the problem of idolatry surfaces. When someone rejects God, the vacuum it causes in his/her life, is filled by an evil spirit or idol. One of the results is the emphasis on and prevalence of sexual sins in our age.
- All types of sexual immorality has swept over the western world. People think it is fun, liberating, and one is entitled to go ‘wild.’ Yet they not realise that behind it are idols. They are designed by the enemy of God to steal, rob, murder and destroy. They may manifest later to wreck your marriage, your productive life made possible by the talents God gave you, or whatever.
# The Israelites did not believe God.
They did not see the reason to avoid the source of the idolatry – the people who served idols. They eventually paid a heavy price for their adoption of idols.
We are more fortunate. We not only have the lessons of history, but we have the Saviour Jesus Christ. God gave Him to us in His grace and mercy. If you earnestly seek His forgiveness, He will not turn you away. Except, as we see with the case of Herod.
# Herod, an example of someone Jesus did not answer
- Scripture relates what happened when Jesus appeared before king Herod before His crucifixion, ‘When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see Him.’ 2
- Why did Herod not ask his officials to take him to Jesus so that he might get better acquainted with Him? Herod didn’t want what Jesus came for – to save the lost. He wanted a show, ‘From what he heard about Him, he hoped to see Him perform some miracle.’ 3 So, ‘He [Herod] plied Him with many questions, but Jesus gave Him no answer.’4
# There is hope in Jesus for those wrecked by idols.
For those who earnestly seek God, Jesus’ wonderful words are true, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’ 5
- Idols are everywhere. They are poised to catch the unwary in their traps.
- Today, we don’t have to ‘kill the idolaters’ so that they don’t influence us. Jesus ‘killed’ the power of the devil and his demons on the cross.
- We, as followers of Jesus, can present the good news of the power of the blood of Jesus to save those entrapped by the idols of the devil.
- Leviticus 18:3
- Luke 23:8
- Luke 23:8
- Luke 23:9
- Mark 2:17