Reading through the Bible together
“Even while the people were worshiping the Lord, they were serving their idols” (verse 41). This chapter is a summary of the life of Israelites. God’s fundamental principle in creating human beings included granting them freedom of choice, but with that choice came with responsibilities. God’s instruction was clear, if the Israelites worship him, they will prosper, but if they follow the gods of the gentiles, they will reap the consequences of their rebellion, which is the main content of this chapter, their exile.
It is impossible to worship God and serve idols at the same time, and Israel’s history tells us that human nature will always fail by yielding to evil. Jesus told us the same truth, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” (Matt 6:24). We may not have idols like the Israelites had, but anything that takes the place of God becomes an idol.
What are the idols in your life? Are you willing to give them up and only serve God?
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