Have no other God

Idolatry (worship of other gods) is something that has been there for a long time, we see a lot of that happening in the Bible (especially in the Old Testament), and from the beginning, only God should be worshiped and not any other form or type of god. Deuteronomy 32:39(a) starts by saying “See now that I, I am He, And there is no god besides Me”.

Yesterday at Church there’s a point where the Preacher was talking about the sins committed physically and the ones committed in the heart (though all of them emanate from the heart), and he mentioned adultery and idolatry, and said that the latter means ‘Having an affair with things’ while the former is having an affair with a man or woman who is not your husband (and it doesn’t matter whether you’re dating or not). We all know that is very true. Both of these sins are highly condemned in the Bible, but let’s look at idolatry today. There’s a warning we’ve been given in Jeremiah 25:6 “and do not go after other gods to serve them and to worship them, and do not provoke Me to anger with the work of your hands, and I will do you no harm.’

There are a couple of examples we see in the scriptures of people who had made gods for themselves, like the children of Israel at some point when they were in the desert, (God got very angry with them), and those people who chose to worship the only One true God, Yahweh (and He delivered them from their enemies). Like in the story of the 3 young men (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) who refused to serve the king’s gods and bow down to the golden image of King Nebuchadnezzar, and said that even if God didn’t save them, they still wouldn’t bow down. That is in Daniel 3:17&18 “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up!” Well, though the king instructed that the furnace be heated 7 times hotter and they were thrown in, their hair was not singed, their clothes were not scorched or damaged, even the smell of smoke was not on them (V27b).

Another fine example is about Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mount Camel (when he told them to choose whom they will serve, either God or Baal). He (Elijah) told them to start by calling on the name of Baal for fire. These men and women had called on their god the whole morning, but he didn’t answer, and that’s when in 1 Kings 18: 27, Elijah began to taunt them, “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.” I’m grateful this day coz I serve a God who is never deep in thoughts, never sleeps nor slumbers, and He doesn’t travel either…haha! As for me and my House, we will serve the Lord God Almighty, The Most High! Oh, and for your information, this ka-god of theirs never answered. The Bible says (V28,29), that they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention. It’s called ‘kuji-waste’ (wasting thyself…lol!)