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Pagan – Hebrew Words

כמר

Komer in Hebrew is the word for ‘pagan’ and means ‘idolatrous.

“He did away with the pagan [idolatrous] priests appointed by the kings of Judah to burn incense on the high places of the towns of Judah and on those around Jerusalem—those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun and moon, to the constellations and to all the starry hosts” (2 Kings 23:5). 

זכרון

Zikkaron is another Hebrew word for ‘pagan’ and means ‘memorial.’

“Behind your doors and your doorposts you have put your pagan [memorial] symbols. Forsaking me, you uncovered your bed, you climbed into it and opened it wide; you made a pact with those whose beds you love, and you looked with lust on their naked bodies” (Isaiah 57:8). 

“The enemy laid hands on all her treasures; she saw pagan nations enter her sanctuary— those you had forbidden to enter your assembly” (Lamentations 1:10). 

In this verse there is only the word goy or nations.  There is no separate reference to pagan which suggests that the translators added it to differentiate from Isaiah 56:6-7 when foreigners from all nations [goyim] will come to worship God on His holy mountain.  Whatever the reason, the nations entering the sanctuary had been forbidden to enter.  Lamentations is about the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple.  During the days of Antiochus Epiphanes, the goyim, the Greeks, entered the sanctuary and defiled it with pig’s blood.  Thus their actions were pagan, but they were will goyim.  

טמא

Tame is another Hebrew word for ‘pagan’ and means ‘unclean.’

“‘Your wife will become a prostitute in the city, and your sons and daughters will fall by the sword. Your land will be measured and divided up, and you yourself will die in a pagan [unclean] country. And Israel will surely go into exile, away from their native land” (Amos 7:17). 

Greek Words for Pagan

“If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan [nation] or a tax collector” (Matthew 18:17). 

The Greek word for pagan in this verse is ethnikos with comes from ethnos and means ‘nations’.  It is mistranslated numerous times as ‘pagan’ and ‘gentile’ and not its intended meaning of ‘nations.’  Those who refuse discipline in the Body of Messiah are to be treated as one would treat an outsider, one of the ‘nations.’

“For the pagan [nations of the] world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them” (Luke 12:30). 

The Greek word for pagan in this verse is ethnos and means ‘nations.’ Again, there is no specific word for pagan in this verse.  

“Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in pagan revelry” (1 Corinthians 10:7). 

The Greek word for pagan here is paizo and means ‘indulge in pagan revelry.’   It is only used once this way in all of Scripture.   Nations, unclean, memorial and idolatrous have been substituted with the word ‘pagan’ and even ‘gentile’ creating a mistranslation of the Scriptures and ultimately a division within the Body of Messiah. 

“But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles [ethnos], how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring!  I am talking to you Gentiles [ethnos]. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles [ethnos], I take pride in my ministry in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people [Isra’el]  to envy and save some of them” (Romans 11:12-14). 

The  mistranslation of the words goy and ethnos into ‘pagan’ and ‘gentile’ in this passage creates an identity crisis in the Body of Messiah.  Those of the nations, the goyim, though they may be living among ‘pagans’ are not always ‘pagan’ and learning the ‘ways of the nations’.   They are living in the nations because of the foresight of God who knew His people would be dispersed among the ‘nations’.   Those of the goyim or ethnos who have put their faith in Yeshua have the responsibility to make Isra’el envious for their Messiah.

©2011 Tentstake Ministries

Yoga and “other gods”

Today I read an excellent article by the Rev. Dr. Ed Hird about yoga and its relationship to Hinduism.  He is a very courageous man to step out and reveal the hidden agenda of yoga.

For years I have had similar beliefs and explained to my children, family and friends who consider yoga a wonderful exercise program that it’s roots are in demonic practices.  Of course, everyone rolls their eyes at me and considers me a nut case.

Like the man who wrote this article, I have the ‘unfortunate’ gift of discerning spirits.  Those of us in the Body of Messiah who have been given this gift have an ignored voice because of the great deception not only in the world, but also in the church.   No one wants to be told what they are doing has ‘spiritual roots’ let alone ‘evil spiritual roots’. Heck, they don’t even want to hear about things with Biblically holy roots!

The world only accepts spirituality and spiritual awareness apart from Bible.  The church believes that either nothing is inherently wrong because of Jesus or we can take unholy things and transform to be holy to God.   Because the Rev. Dr. Hird writes exactly what I have believed over the years,  I am going to share a few thoughts from his article.  If you are considering yoga classes or have already taken part in them, reading the entire article will be more informative than my personal observations.   All quotes come from the article written by Rev. Dr. Hird.

“We naively think that we can arrogantly detach anything from its heritage, and snatch its alleged benefits without any downside.”

This is the problem with Christianity today.  No one believes the roots or heritage of a practice has any influence on what they ‘think’ they are doing.  Because Sha’ul (Paul) said that ‘idols’ have no influence on us, it is deceptively believed we can embrace ‘other gods’ with no consequences.   However, Sha’ul also said, “If the root is holy, then so are the branches” (Romans 11:16).    This means that if the root is unholy and has its heritage in ‘other gods,’ then every branch that has emerged from that root is also unholy.

Though the Scriptures outline ‘appointed times’ to worship and honor yod-hey-vav-hey,  Christians are ignorant of their Biblical heritage.  They embrace holidays like Easter and Christmas that have unholy roots and honor other gods, holidays with activities the Bible warns against.   Well-meaning Christians claim they have detached the false gods from these holidays and put God into them.  They forget Yahweh’s first commandment is to have ‘no other gods.’   Just because Yeshua died on the cross and disarmed the powers and principalities, doesn’t mean that those powers and principalities don’t continue to exist.  They will until they are thrown into the lake of fire at the final judgment.

“Yoga is the Hindu word for salvation.”

This statement shocked me when I read it. Yoga is the Hindu word for salvation!  Every time the word yoga is spoken, the Hindu word for ‘salvation’ is announced.  Wow!  Selah.  Pause and reflect on this!  Yoga is the Hindu word for salvation.  How many Christians know the Hebrew word for salvation written in their Bibles?  How many Christians know the given Hebrew name of their Savior is Yeshua and means ‘salvation’?  Most don’t know and most likely don’t care as they go to their Hindu ‘salvation’ classes as faithfully as Sunday school.  In Exodus 23:13, God says the names of ‘other gods’ are not even supposed to be  on our lips.  Joshua is told never to invoke or swear by the names of other gods (Joshua 23:7).

“Yoga is the very heart of Hinduism.  Without yoga, there is no Hinduism.  Without Hinduism, there is no yoga.”

This is the fullness of a false religion with a salvation message that is expressed in an outward work disguised as  exercise.   As one practices yoga, they are actually validating Hinduism in their lives.  Being that yoga is the heart of Hinduism, what is happening to the heart of the individual who practices yoga?

From my experience with numerous Christians, if  I say I celebrate the Sabbath and don’t eat pork because I love God and want to obey His commandments,  I am called a legalist or told I have denied the work Yeshua did on the cross.  It doesn’t matter if I quote from John 14:15, “If you love me (Yeshua), you will obey my commandments,” or James 2:18, ‘Faith without works is dead’, I am the lost one who has stumbled into the bottomless pit of the Galatian error.   Yet, the person who goes to the rec center and takes Hindu ‘work out your salvation’ classes is just exercising!

“The term ‘yoga’ comes from the Sanskrit word ‘yug’, which means to yoke.  Few people in community centre yoga classes ask what they are yoking themselves to.  Yogic practice is designed to yoke or bring psychic union with Brahman, the highest of the Hindu deities.”

When I read this statement, I immediately thought of Yeshua’s yoke being light and not a burden (Matthew 11:28-30). In rabbinical thought, a ‘yoke’ is following the teachings of a certain rabbi.  In the case of the Jewish Rabbi Yeshua,  his ‘yoke’ is the Torah or the instructions of Yahweh, his Father.   If yoga is the heart of Hinduism and comes from a word meaning ‘yoke,’ to what are those doing yoga yoking themselves?  Most Christians would never ever consider ‘yoking’ themselves to Torah because that would be legalism, but yoking themselves to Hinduism through exercise is okay.   They really aren’t consciously trying to have a psychic union with Brahman, the highest of Hindu deities, which is no different than celebrating Ishar or Saturnalia!

I love when people say, “Well, God looks at my heart.”  Yes, He does, and that should be more frightening than comforting.   He knows exactly what’s in your heart.  He knows how you feel about His Torah.  He knows about your arrogance over His chosen people.  He knows about how ignorant you are about Yeshua’s ‘easy yoke.’

“Unlike Christian prayer and meditation on God’s Word, the purpose of Eastern yogic meditational practices is to ‘kill the mind’.

Through the Beatles infatuation with eastern religious practices, yoga infiltrated the western world.  Because Americans have the right to ‘freedom of religion,’  this religious practice has  flourished.  Love is not sacrificial as God’s love, but an ‘all you need is humanistic love’ that feels good.   ‘Imagine there is no heaven or God’  is still the enlightened one’s mantra for some manmade utopia that sin-infested people will never be able to attain.  Our post-modern world tolerates religious cultures and beliefs to such an extent there is no purity of any religion.  The merging of all religions into one lump of spiritual awareness has ‘killed the mind’ of the masses rather than ‘renewed the mind’ through the real Spirit of life Romans 12:2).  There is little to no connection to a Creator because they, themselves have become gods and create their own spiritual universe with each individual at its center.  This is more than polytheism, it is self-worship and idolatry at its pinnacle.

“While yogic philosophy is polytheistic, it is also monistic, in the sense that it holds that, through yoga, we become the universe and/or god.”

My brother was born again into God’s Kingdom quite a few years ago.  My brother’s faith walk was nothing short of amazing.  The Scriptures he knew as a child came to life and the Spirit gave him immediate understanding.  He felt his heart become circumcised and joy bubbled out of a new light in his eyes and countenance.  He made restitution for numerous things from years before and enjoyed restoration of many broken friendships.  His girlfriend immediately ended their relationship because she had an occult bent and wanted nothing to do with a ‘Jesus freak.’   Then, he met another woman.

He was excited about her because she was ‘spiritual’ like he was.  Unfortunately, her spirituality was embedded in Hinduism as she was a yoga instructor.  Because my brother was still a baby believer and he didn’t want me to judge another of his girlfriends (every time I was right), he not only continued dating this woman, but he began to take part in yoga practices.  He bought a mat, learned the many positions. Though he claimed it helped residual pain from a horrific car accident years earlier, it was really changing his life – his spiritual walk.

Slowly, his demeanor changed.  The light in his eyes wasn’t as bright and a different ‘spirit’ began guiding him that caused confusion in his soul and mind.  Though he really liked this woman because of her ‘spirituality,’ she kept him at an uncomfortable distance. She intentionally used words with double meanings (semantics is definitely important) and secrecy to make her spirituality seem to be like his, but enough different that he needed to keep striving for more ‘light and peace.’   Though my brother could not see it, he slowly fell into a deception that still remains with him today.  It will remain with him until he discerns the ‘spirits’ around her and took hold of him are not the same as the Spirit that was given to him by Yeshua.  The ‘light and peace’ from the Spirit of Elohim is now hidden under a bushel barrel.

“With yoga and Hinduism, nothing is what it seems.  This is why it has been described as the embrace that smothers. Trying to separate the so-called physical from the spiritual in yoga is like attempting to remove arsenic from a bowl of sugar.  Yoga has always been shrouded in illusion and secrecy, and can intentionally look like whatever you want it to in the short term.”

Divination is the attempt to gain insight into a question or situation by way of an occultic practice or ritual.  Divination is condemned by God in Leviticus 19:26.  King Saul, when he disobeyed God’s command to destroy the Amalekites,  was told by the prophet Samuel that his rebellion was like the sin of divination and his arrogance like idolatry.  His rejection of the word of God and his disobedience made him lose his kingship over Isra’el (1 Samuel 15:23). Rejecting God’s Word is the same as idolatry and divination.  As believers, we should flee from these things rather than try to rationalize our disobedience.   We can lose the Kingdom just because we want to embrace our yoga-salvation exercises.

“Yoga is an ancient form of divination…. The Bible does not encourage us to see how close to the line we can get before we fall in, but rather to flee idolatry.”  

Soon after we were married, my husband and I attended a conference with Dave Hunt, the author of  “The Seduction of Christianity.”  During that conference he spoke about the mantras given to those involved in Transcendental Meditation.  He said there were only 7 or 10 because they are literally the names of Hindu gods.  Inductees were told not  to share their mantra with anyone else –  because they would  find out that 1 in 7 had their same mantra.  He said once you had your mantra, you would perform this ceremony with a white table cloth and an apple.  While he was speaking about all of this, my husband leans over and whispers in my ear, “I did all of this.”

I responded, “What?”

He repeated, “I did all of this.”

When we returned home, I asked him what he was talking about.  He had, at one time, become involved in TM.  He received his mantra and offered his sacrificial apple on the white-table clothed altar.  He had no idea his mantra was a ‘god,’  but he did forget it and had to get another.  The yogi-dude was angry with him for forgetting.  I asked him if he remembered the name of the ‘god.’  He did though he did not say the name because we both realized he had embraced a false god.  My husband repented from ever taking part in this religious practice with its deceptive practices and other gods.

“Transcendental Meditation, a form of Mantra yoga, initiated countless westerners with Sanskrit puja rituals that were never explained to them, but still had a significant impact on their core identity.

Yeshua’s atonement for sin is the cornerstone of faith from Genesis through Revelation.   Through his life, death and resurrection, we receive fullness of life now and into eternity.  Anyone who does not trust in Yeshua’s atonement for their sin, does not receive the fullness of their faith – forgiveness and a restored relationship with their Creator.

However, an individual does not have to openly worship a false god for it to impact their lives.  This is the power of Astarte (Easter), Tammuz (Christmas trees), Samhain (Halloween) in the lives of Christians.   These ‘gods’ and ‘goddesses’ have  impacted their spiritual lives and hearts so much they will argue to the millionth power to defend their practices.  My husband came to the reality of the impact of Hinduism on his life and identity; my brother needs to come to the same place.  All of those who actively participate in yoga or its exercises also need to realize the subtle ways the Adversary uses to draw them into false religious practices in order to glorify himself.

“Unlike Judaism, Christianity and Islam, one does not have to believe in  or worship something to be impacted by Hinduism.”  

What Christians tend to forget is that we are commanded and warned against idolatry and ‘other gods’.  Those commandments and warnings through the Torah, the Prophets and the Apostles are still in force until Elohim establishes his eternal throne in the New Jerusalem and there is a new heaven and a new earth.  When we defile ourselves with false gods, we pay a huge price in our relationship with our Father.

“When you offer your gifts … you continue to defile yourselves with all your idols to this day. Am I to let you inquire of me, you Israelites? As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I will not let you inquire of me” (Ezekiel 20:31).

“Dear children, keep yourselves from idols” (1 John 5:21).

©2013 Tentstake Ministries

 

The Idol of Self

“Dear children, keep yourselves from idols” (1 John 5:21)

The sin of idolatry isn’t just having some ceramic angel or bronze buddah sitting on your mantle.   The sin of idolatry is building yourself, your identity, happiness and purpose in life on something or someone other than on God and His Word.   Whenever a career, romance, friendship, lover, political ideology, cultural phenomenon, popularity, rote prayer, or religious tradition becomes more important than knowing Yahweh Himself, it becomes the sin of idolatry.

“You don’t get what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And when you do ask he doesn’t give it to you, for you ask in quite the wrong spirit–you only want to satisfy your own desires. You are like unfaithful wives, never realizing that to be the world’s lover means becoming the enemy of God! Anyone who chooses to be the world’s friend is thereby making himself God’s enemy” (James 4:3-4).

Idolatry involves more than a subtle drift from God, it is loving something more than Him as our Creator, Provider and Father.    It is wanting the desires of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of our own lives more than the perfect will of God (1 Jn. 2:16).   Idolatry is the self-centeredness of our own wants, hopes, fears, expectations, and our own physical or spiritual needs that fill our hearts rather than delighting in what our heavenly Father desires.   Idolatry is being enticed and captured by the ways of the world that invites and reinforces the father of lies in our lives.   It is desiring the kingdom of the flesh and this world rather than Spirit and the present and eternal Kingdom of God.

“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry” (Colossians 3:5).

Idolatry can easily become the focus of our motivation.    Buried within the human heart are self-loving desires that are so strong and so determined to be satisfied that, when thwarted, lead to conflicts with those who get in the way of their fulfillment – including ourselves.  Idolatry of self breeds hostility to God and others and eventually makes us slaves to addictions, anxiety, envy, resentment, jealousy, anger and obsessive behaviors.  No amount of drugs or pharmaceuticals can cure the symptoms of the idolatrous soul because such idolatry brings judgement on the self.

“Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves” (Romans 13:2).

Idolatry in its inception in the mind and heart is rebellion against God.  Rebellion is like witchcraft; idolatry is having a stubborn heart.    All rebellion is sin with the irony that though we are being stubborn and rejecting God,  God rejects us and we receive His judgement.   We cannot venerate and glorify ourselves, our fleshly desires, and the ways of the world and then believe that God is for us, cares for us and will always be accepting of us.    To believe such things is nothing more than arrogance which is an even greater idolatry of believing we know more and better than God.

“For rebellion is like the sin of divination and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.  Because you have rejected the word of Yahweh, he has rejected you …” (1 Samuel 15:23 ).

Idolatry and the sin associated with it breaks the first commandment of having no other gods, including ourselves.  When we break the first commandment, we break all of them (James 2:10).  When we break the  the commands of God through willful and stubborn hearts, we do not receive blessings, but curses  (Deuteromony 28).

The Commandments

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.  “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:2-3) 

Do not worship any other god, for Yahweh, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Exodus 34:14).

Deuteronomy 30:16-18“For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them,  I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed.”

Worshipping other gods seems foolish to many people who believe we have evolved beyond the days of Babylon, Greece, and Rome.  However, just the other day there was an article about a statue of Satan being unveiled in Detroit.  Godless people have gods whether or not they define them as gods.  God looks at the heart of the person and if it is turned from Him, they will disobey Him and be drawn to worship other gods.  They will rationalize their own hearts in the worship of other gods while subltly preparing themselves to worship the Adversary in ‘his self glory’ and pride when he sits on the throne in a temple in Jerusalem.

Number 2:  

“You shall not make for yourself an idol” (Exodus 20:4-5). 

Do not learn the ways of the nations ….  For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel.  They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter.  Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk?” (Jeremiah 10:2-5 ).

Of what value is an idol, since a man has carved it?  Or an image that teaches lies?  For he who makes it trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak.  Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Come to life!’ Or to a liefeless stone, “Wake up!’  Can it give guidance?  It is covered with gold and silver; there is no breath in it” (Habakkuk 2:18).

“Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs” (Jonah 2:8).

We make for ourselves idols whether they are wood or flesh.  Consider the flesh of swine.   God says that the pig was not created to eat, it is unclean.  Yet, the pig has taken great prominence not only in the world, but also in the lives of believers who will defend their ‘grace’ to eat its flesh contrary to what God’s Word simply says.  When we set our belief system up against the never-changing Word of God, we have made ourselves gods and the pig is now our idol like the golden calf.

Number 3: 

“You shall not misuse the name of YHVH your God, for Yahweh will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses His name” (Exodus 20:7). 

“I am YHVH; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols” (Isaiah 42:8).

How often is sin rationalized by those who call themselves by the name of God or His Son, Yeshua/Jesus?  With the recent same-sex marriage ruling, many people, even Christians, believe that God desires such abominable unions because of a redefinition of love.    Misusing His name in this way profanes His name in the world and removes every opportunity for those steeped in sin and rebellion to repent, receive forgiveness and a enter new full life.  Those who justify immorality with the name of God and the name of His Son, who died to deliver people from sin and rebellion, will stand before God guilty of idolatry.

Number 4:

“Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8-11). 

For their hearts were devoted to their idols... because they had not obeyed my Torah but had rejected my decrees and desecrated my Sabbaths, and their eyes lusted after their fathers’ idols” (Ezekiel 20:16, 24).

Idolatry includes rejecting God’s decrees and descrating His Sabbath.  First, desecrate means ‘to treat a sacred thing with disrespect or violate.’  Second, calling any other day ‘Sabbath’ is again taking an authority we have never been given.  We turn ourselves into little gods which is nothing more than idolatry.

Number 5:

“Honor your father and mother so that you will have long life” (Exodus 20:12). 

“Yeshua replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.’  But you say that if a man says to his father or mother, ‘Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is a gift devoted to God,’  he is not to ‘honor his father’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me” (Matthew 15:3-8).

“And he (Yeshua) said to them:  ‘You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions.   …Thus you nullify the Word of God by your tradition that you have handed down.  And you do many things like that” (Mark 7:9, 13).

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human traditions (manmade traditions) and the basic principles of this world rather than on Messiah (God)” (Colossians 2:8).

Traditions are not only ‘of the Jews’, they are manmade meaning all men everywhere create ‘traditions’ that nullify the Word of God.  We are to learn from Israel and not repeat their mistakes or judge them in their mistakes for ‘all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’, not just the Jews.  Whenever any man creates a tradition that depends on the basic principles of this world rather than on Yeshua, it could be considered ‘humanism’ which is nothing more than the sin of idolatry.

Number 6:

“You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13).

You want something but don’t get it.  You kill and covet, because you cannot have what you want.  You quarrel and fight.  You do not have because you do not ask God” (James 4:2).  

Wanting something more than God is providing or being unforgiving when each of us is equally guilty of sin is putting ourselves in the place of God.  Taking any human life that is made in the image of God for our own purposes, to reach our own ends, is idolatry.

Number 7:

“You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). 

Ezekiel 6:8-9 “How I have been grieved by their adulterous hearts, which have turned away from me, and by their eyes, which have lusted after their idols. They will loathe themselves for the evil they have done and for all their detestable practices.”

Adultery starts in the heart whether it’s spiritual or physical.   Spiritual adultery is choosing another Husband other than the God of Israel and His Son as our Bridegroom.    Physical adultery is wanting another man’s wife or another woman’s husband.  It’s all putting love of self first rather than sacrificial love. This is also idolatry.

Number 8:

“You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15).  

“Will a man rob God?  Yet you rob me.  But you ask, “How do we rob you? In tithes and offerings” (Malachi 3:8).

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

Money is not the root of all evil for Solomon was given great wealth.  It is ‘love of money’ that becomes evil because we keep it all for ourselves for selfish motives.   The ‘lover of money’ does not accept that Yahweh is the Provider and gives us everything we need.  “The love of money’ becomes a means to reach a personal end.  Ultimately, we ‘steal’ from YHVH because everything we have comes from Him.  If we don’t believe that and trust in money for provision, it’s idolatry.

Number 9: 

“You shall not give false testimony” (Exodus 20:16). 

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen” (Romans 1:24-25).

The ‘father of lies’ is Satan.  When we exchange God’s truth for lies, especially in the area sexual immorality, we put our flesh needs about our spiritual needs.  We begin to worship the creation rather than the Creator.  Giving false testimony is submitting to the ‘father of lies’  and brings us back to commandment number one and having no other gods before the God of all Creation.  This is not only idolatry, but also a great deception in the making.

Number 10:

“You shall not covet” (Exodus 20:17).  

“The images of their gods you are to burn in the fire.  Do not covet the silver or gold on them, and do not take it for yourselves, or you will be ensnared by it, for it is detestable to Yahweh your God” (Deuteromony 7:25).

Being ensnared by the coverings of our idols is destestable.  Consider the idols of the sports or music world.  We are easily ensnared by their outward appearance, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones.  When we covet their lives or lifestyles, we are being ensnared and that is called idolatry.

Separation from God and His People

“Then the word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I let them inquire of me at all? Therefore speak to them and tell them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When any Israelite sets up idols in his heart and puts a wicked stumbling block before his face and then goes to a prophet, I the Lord will answer him myself in keeping with his great idolatry. I will do this to recapture the hearts of the people of Israel, who have all deserted me for their idols.’ 

“Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices! “When any Israelite or any alien living in Israel separates himself from me and sets up idols in his heart and puts a wicked stumbling block before his face and then goes to a prophet to inquire of me, I the Lord will answer him myself.  I will set my face against that man and make him an example and a byword. I will cut him off from my people. Then you will know that I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 14:1-8).

According to Ezekiel, repentance and a change of heart is what is needed – not only for Israel, but those foreigners who live within Israel.  We must remember that we are bound to the God of Israel through faith in Yeshua and therefore the warnings about idolatry are for us as well.

Often times believers only consider physical idols like statues to be wrong.  However, anything that is made by man that is put above God as Creator and Provider is idolatry.  Just as Yeshua taught that anger in the heart leads to murder and lust in the heart leads to adultery, idolatry in the heart leads us away from God’s best and puts our desires above His.    It is so easy to place something we desire or someone we think we need higher than our Creator who loves us, gave His life for us, and has a plan for us, but it is the sin of idolatry.

The traditions of men also have their roots in idolatry and have caused blindness.   People have been blinded  that cutting down a tree and decorating it with silver and gold is idolatry.  They have been blinded to the understanding that candy eggs and chocolate bunnies steal the glory of Yahweh and the Truth of new life in Messiah.  Even more distressing are those whose blindness cause them to believe evil celebrations and activities rooted in witchcraft, divination, sorcery, casting spells and glorifying the dead can be transformed into something good, righteous and holy because they have deemed it so.   This is nothing more than the idolatry of man once again.  This type of ignorance and arrogance reveals an idolatrous heart condition and causes God’s people to worship other gods and goddesses.

What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people” (2 Corinthians 6:16).

There needs to be a deep repentance not only from church and cultural traditions rooted in practices of other gods and idolatry,  but also the personal idolatry that fills the Temple of the Living God with with things that do not edify, purify and bring glory to Yahweh.  Repentance that changes the heart from stone to flesh  restores Yahweh back on His throne.  Once reestablished on His throne, we will see that we can never have what we want by the ways and means of this world nor would we want those wicked, idolatrous, lawless practices.   With Yahweh ruling our lives,  we will begin to see that what we wanted may not even be what we needed.  With the love of our Father put in its rightful place in our lives with a correct definition,  we will receive good and perfect gifts from our Creator, blessings He desires to give us to make us more like Him through His Son (James 1:17).

“Therefore, my dear friends, run from idolatry! (1 Corinthians 10:14).

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