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Saturday, September 29, 2012

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This whole chapter has to do with apostatizing, which Moses spells out as serving other gods rather than the God of heaven. There are three different apostasy scenarios; all of them boil down to, “Let us go and serve other gods.” (v.6)

Surely we would not be tempted to go to find an idol or image and worship it in our homes. Today we are much more sophisticated. We “worship” other gods like material things, famous people, sports, technology, relationships, and anything else which displaces absolute loyalty to God. Sometimes these “gods” are even other leisure activities.

What is most convincing? How about signs, wonders, miracles? There have been “false prophets” in every age since Jesus talked about them. (cf. Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21) But our age is abounding in peddlers and fast talkers, holy men, prophets, dreamers and fortune-tellers. And not a few of them perform wonders and do miracles.

One day soon the fastest talker of the ages, Lucifer the fallen angel, will deceive the world by signs and wonders. (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10; Revelation 13:13- 14). Will we be strong enough to resist?

“Dear God, I determine to spend more time with the Bible because I want to be strong and stable when those around me are yielding to satanically instigated signs and wonders.”

John Ash
Chinese Union Mission
Hong Kong