The first of the 10 Commandments given was: "You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:3). What is it about humanity that they continually want to change who God is and serve a god that isn’t God at all. It’s not our job to tell God who He is; it’s our job to love the truth and seek Him with a humble heart. The devil presents to every culture and every people “a god or gods” that are more suitable for their carnality.
The prophet proclaims judgment on the false gods in Jeremiah 46:25 (Amplified Version), “The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, says: Behold, I will visit punishment upon Amon [the chief god of the sacred city, the capital of Upper Egypt] of No or Thebes, and upon Pharaoh and Egypt, with her gods and her kings--even Pharaoh and all those [Jews and others] who put their trust in [Pharaoh as a support against Babylon].”
Some gods are hard task master like Allah, or a person’s god could be the god of self (their knowledge, their money, their power). Regardless of the false god, it is pride to reject the truth to embrace a lie. We need to “consider the goodness and severity of God” (Rom. 11:22).
The LORD said in Jeremiah 48:7 to Moab, “because you have trusted in your works and your treasures, you also shall be taken. And Chemosh shall go forth into captivity, His priests and his princes together.”
Although God suffers long, the most “merciful” thing God can do to a wicked people that refuses Him is bring judgment.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan