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Idol Worship and Destruction


Anything can become an idol in our lives: money, power, our cell phones, even other people. An idol is described as “excessive devotion to, or reverence for, some person or thing.” We tend to think of idols as a statue that people in biblical times worshipped in place of God. The golden calf in Exodus comes to mind. But anything that replaces God as #1 in our lives can be considered an idol. God is clear if we elevate anything above Him or focus our devotion more intensely on others over Him, that is idolatry.

In Matthew 22:37-38, what is called the Greatest Commandment, Jesus says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.”

How does this fit into our study of Genesis? We see in the 19th chapter, verses 30-38, Lot’s daughters had no husband and no prospect of husbands. They put their desire for children above their desire to honor God. They were willing to sin to get what they wanted, and they did this through incest with their father. Both daughters became pregnant and had sons.

The oldest daughter’s son was Moab, who became head of the Moabites. The youngest daughter’s son was Ben-ammi, who became head of Ammonites. How did this turn out? Both groups became fierce enemies of Israel and were worshippers of other gods. Bottom line? Sin will always lead to destruction.


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