GOD HATES IDOLATRY

"Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;" (Exodus 20:3-5)

 Leslie M John

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;” (Exodus 20:3-5)

“And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria. And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him” (1 Kings 16:32-33)

King Ahab, son of Omri, ruled Samaria in Israel for twenty two years and did evil in the sight of the LORD.  During his reign over the “House of Israel”, i.e. Northern Kingdom of Israel, the children of Israel worshipped “Baal”, which was an idol; a fictitious sun god who they thought was bringing rain for them to cultivate their fields successfully. 

Ahab married Jezebel, a wicked woman, daughter of Ethbaal, king of Zidoneans, and did evil in the sight of the LORD by building an altar for Baal in the house of Baal in Samaria and provoked the LORD God of Israel by making an image of Ashtoreth, a moon goddess who they thought was a god of fertility (cf. 1 Kings 16:29-34)

Jeroboam the first king of Northern Kingdom of Israel did much harm to the children of Israel by setting up an idol at Beth-haven, the border between Northern kingdom and Southern kingdom; and another idol at Dan, the border on the northern kingdom thus enticing them to worship idols calling them as their god who delivered from the bondage of slavery under Pharaoh.

 His scheme was to see that the children of Israel, for whom it was mandatory to over to Jerusalem to worship the LORD, do not go over to Jerusalem in the southern region to worship the true and living God (cf. 1 Kings 12:26-27).

The idolatry continued in the “House of Israel” until the LORD scattered them all over the world, beyond any recognition.  None of the nineteen kings who ruled the “House of Israel” did that which was pleasing to the Lord.  This perversion increased to great extent in the days of King Ahab and his wicked wife Jezebel.

Elijah the Tishbite who was a true worshipper of the living God and a prophet swore to King Ahab saying “As the LORD God of Israel” lives there will be no dew or rain in those days except for his word.  The word of the LORD said to Elijah to go to the brook of “Cheirth”, which was before Jordan, and drink from it. 

Elijah ate food brought to him by ravens in the morning and bread and meat in the evening and drank from the brook just as the LORD provided Manna and quails to the children of Israel in the wilderness water from the Rock but when the brook dried up for want of rain the LORD provided a different means for him to have food at Widow’s house (cf. 1 Kings 17:1-7)

Never worship idols; they have ears but cannot hear; they have eyes; but cannot see; they are made of men and often man makes his gods smaller than himself. “They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not” (Psalms 115:5)

Trust in the Lord. He is Jehovah-jireh, which means “The Lord will provide”. The Psalmist writes: 

“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread” (Psalms 37:25)