The Snare Of Idolatry

You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in the heavens above, on the earth below, or in the waters beneath.

Exodus 20:4 BSB

What is the purpose of an idol? An idol is something that the devil uses to redirect you from worshiping the Lord to go towards him through the image. The first warning is not to construct or even purchase an idol to bring it home. The moment you do that, you have set a snare and jumped right in it to capture your soul. The worst part is that you have no idea what you just did. That is how the devil deceives you and captures your soul by putting it into bondage.

Without you being aware, you have invited a demon (through an idol) to take residence in your home.

14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry… 20 No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God. And I do not want you to be participants with demons.

1 Corinthians 10:14, 20 BSB

“in the form of anything in the heavens above” refers to God prohibiting a person from making an idol into the shape or likeness of any godly men or women who are in heaven from the Scriptures. One can also include angels and the Lord Jesus Christ. The word “heavens” can also mean the sun, moon, and stars. 

“on the earth below” means that you cannot make an image of someone that’s alive that might seem to you very godly to set up in your home. You can also add trees of all kinds, rocks, mountains, and other created things on the earth. The phrase “or in the waters beneath” includes all types of fishes and mammals of the sea.

Your worship should only go to Jesus Christ, the true Living God, who is the Creator of all things seen and unseen. He alone is worthy of worship. Jesus wants you to worship Him directly, not through intermediary things, for the Lord is a personal God who wants a personal relationship with you. How can He have a personal relationship with you when you are seeking it from somewhere else. That’s like a person calling his neighbor to find out how his family is doing instead of calling them directly.

The Scripture is crystal clear that those who practice idolatry will not make it to heaven.

9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who submit to or perform homosexual acts, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor verbal abusers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 BSB

Look at the list above of what the Scripture considers a wicked man who will not “inherit the kingdom of God,” and you will find the word “idolaters” as one of the conditions that will keep you from going to heaven and finding yourself in hell. 

Run from Idolatry by throwing away any of them that you might have in your home. Put your faith in Jesus Christ and serve Him only.

3 Replies to “The Snare Of Idolatry”

  1. A solid post and a good reminder/warning about Idolatry. It is a very sneaky weapon by the enemy deployed with stealth. Chess was my idol for a time until I woke up and saw what Satan was keeping me away from.

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