Emanna for 08/26/2020

Rejecting Idols to Serve the Living God

Bible Verses

Deut 5:8 Thou shalt not make thee
graven image,
any likeness
[of any thing]
in heaven above, or that
in the earth beneath, or that
in the waters beneath the earth: (9) Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God
a jealous God, 1 Thes 1:9 ...you turned to God from the idols to serve a living and true God.

Words of Ministry

One thing we must take note of is that God forbids man to make an image of anything. We cannot consider a man-made object to be living. The moment we have such a thought, the object becomes an idol to us. Of course, idols are nothing, but if we consider them to be living, we fall into error. This is why God forbids the worship of such things. Even an inclination in the heart towards them is forbidden. Please remember that you cannot worship any idols; you must reject all of them, even images of the Lord Jesus and Mary. God is seeking those who serve Him in spirit, not in the flesh. God is Spirit, not an image. A new believer must give up his idols from the very first day of his salvation. He should not mention the names of idols, be involved with fortune-telling, or visit any
temples. We cannot worship anything with an image. We should not even keep any picture of the Lord Jesus. Such pictures are not the real image of the Lord Jesus; they are worthless. In the museums in Rome, there are over two thousand different images of the Lord Jesus. All of them represent the imagination of the artists. This is blasphemous. Our God is a jealous God, and He will not tolerate such things among us.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Watchman Nee, Messages for Building Up New Believers, pp. 34-36. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 6/15/99) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.