Tag Archives: Idolatry

Verse of the month: July 2017

“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.” (Ezekiel 36:25) Can water that is stagnant and filthy be made clean – clean enough … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Idolatry again

Numbers 25 Finally the Israelites come to the east bank of the River Jordan, on the border of the country of Moab and within a stone’s-throw of their goal. And at this point, at the very end of their long … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Rebellion and idolatry

Exodus 32 Sadly, the Israelites have not grasped the concepts of monotheism and imageless worship (even their deliverance from Egypt they attribute to Moses, not Yahweh), and they find it hard (despite the evidence of the daily manna and the … Continue reading

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Messy Church: Compromise

I Corinthians 8 The Council of Jerusalem had asked Gentile Christians to abstain from ‘idol-food’ (Acts 15:28,29). But it seems that many in Corinth were ignoring this instruction – for the very practical reason that ‘untainted’ meat was unobtainable. The … Continue reading

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Love hurts: False religion

Hosea 13:1-8 Although to all outward appearance, Israel was still a great nation, inwardly she was already dead. Her ‘terminal illness’ had begun right at the very beginning of her independence, when Jeroboam I set up his two golden calves … Continue reading

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Love hurts: like father, like son

Hosea 11:12-12:6 The kingdom of Israel claimed Yahweh as their God – but that claim was in fact without foundation. (And Judah were no better: they were already dabbling in idolatry, ‘testing the boundaries’ in their relationship with God.) They … Continue reading

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Love hurts: the morning after the night before

Hosea 9 The party’s over (verses 1-9) A good harvest would normally be cause for celebration. But what were the Israelites doing? They were observing the festivals of the fertility gods, provoking their own God to jealousy. They had forgotten … Continue reading

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