idol February 4 Chronological Bible Study

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Removing Your Idols

In what things or people do we place our confidence - our government, our business or jobs, our relationships, our insurance, or our material possessions? Those things may become our gods. The true God in heaven wants to be our one and only God. When we place our confidence in others or in other things, God may strip us of those things so that he can be recognized and worshipped as the one true God, the Provider and Savior of the entire world (more...).

The Egyptians, in the times of the Biblical patriarch Moses, placed their confidence in many gods. They had gods that governed the waters, gods that governed the weather, gods that governed the sun, gods that governed the crops, gods that governed fertility, and other gods as well (more...). To all these gods they worshipped and paid homage. But in today’s reading we learn that in a short order of time all their confidence in these gods was destroyed, one by one, by the true God of heaven. How and why did God do this?

First of all, God brought ten plagues on the Egyptians so that they could see who is truly God. If you remember our last Bible study (February 3), Pharaoh neither knew God nor feared him. Through these plagues the Egyptians would see that God is Sovereign, Omnipotent, and can really work wonders; He is no fake. He does not make idle threats; He carries out his will. Perhaps God sends some afflictions in your life so that you will not rely on your idols but on the true God of heaven. Only he can bring you forgiveness, peace and spiritual life for your soul (more...)

Second, God brought the Israelites deliverance from Egypt by use of the plagues so that the Israelites could see who is truly God. The Israelites had been exposed to Egyptian gods and their worship for 400 years, and the Israelites, as we will see later, were influenced by their worship. Each of the ten plagues was an attack on their gods and the protection they were supposed to give. When God brings you deliverance, you will see who he is.

Third, God delivered Israel from the plagues so that the Israelites would see God's favor toward them. From this they might gain faith and hope that God would indeed keep his promises to deliver them from bondage and bring them to the Promised Land. When God works his mighty power in our lives it also brings us faith and hope.

Fourth, God used Moses in displaying His power. This made Pharaoh fear God’s servant. Seeing God’s miraculous power also gave Moses confidence in God for future ventures into the wilderness. As it would be with Moses and the Israelites, it is in the wilderness of our lives that our faith is tested. We need to pay attention and draw confidence from God now before days of affliction come upon us. If we rely upon him and obey him, he will work his will through us.

In what people or things do we place our confidence? These may be our idols. If we lost these one by one, where would our confidence then lie? Is the foundation of our lives on shaky ground? The LORD gives a firm foundation for our souls. He delivers us from the bondage of sin (more...). He is there and ready to help if we put our total reliance in him. Our ways may not always be easy, but as streams in the desert, he will provide every need for our trials because we are his children.

Lessons to live by:

  • God sometimes has to strip us of our idols so that we recognize who He is.
  • Draw your confidence from God by observing what God is doing now.
  • God keeps his promises to those who have a relationship with him.
  • The LORD gives a true foundation for the soul. He delivers us from the bondage of sin, and he is ready to help if we put our total reliance in him. (more...)

Today’s Bible memory verse:

Psalm 9:9 “The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” (NIV).

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