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Leviticus 19:4

It is Nothing!

4 Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.


What do you worship beside the one true God? The Hebrew word elyil (pronounced el-`eel) is translated as "idols" but literally means, "Nothings!" Was that your answer? The word is used to bring a contrast between idols, elyil, and God, elohiym.

There is only one God. "I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me." (Exodus 20:2-3) All other gods are elyil. They are powerless figments of man's imagination, which is always evil (Genesis 6:5). When you worship them in any way, you are bringing them before, i.e. into the presence of, the LORD.

Let me ask you again. What do you worship beside the one true God? Some who claim to be Christians have told me, "Oh, horoscopes are nothing. They are just fun!" I agree. They are elyil. A few weeks ago I overheard a lady who comes to church only occasionally speaking about her Tarot card readings. Elyil!

Be careful what you think about those people. How many times have you neglected your daily devotions, because you overslept or you got caught up in a television program and forgot about your time with God? Elyil! You may have had visitors arrive at your house right when you were ready to leave for church. Instead of inviting them along, you stayed home and spent precious time with them. Elyil!

You see, we place too many nothings between us and God. He has brought us out of the land of Egypt, out of the captivity to sin, by the sacrifice of the passover Lamb. He has set us free from the condemnation of His law, has forgiven us our sins, has clothed us in the robes of His righteousness and has granted us eternal life. Yet we waste our time on nothings. When will we begin to serve Him?

The Catholic church does not like the second part of our passage, "...nor make to yourselves molten gods." This refers to the second commandment against graven images and likenesses. They bow down to statues of Mary and pray to statues of their many saints. They even worship pictures (likenesses) of Jesus. How do they know who they are worshiping? We do not know what Mary, most of their saints or Jesus looked like. These graven images and likenesses are nothing, yet they bow down and pray to them.

I know many protestants who also have pictures and statues of Jesus or the crucifix in their homes. And, every year I must resist the people in the church who want to erect an evergreen tree in our church and decorate it (Jeremiah 10:3-4 KJV) or a crèche, and in the spring want to scatter colored eggs around on the lawn. These are all nothings which distract our people, especially the children, away from the gospel message.

We are all guilty to some extent of breaking the first and second commandments. That is why we need a Savior. Fifteen times in this chapter alone, God says, "I am the LORD your God." There is a good reason why He keeps repeating it. We still don't get it!

Before The Throne:

Alright! You had a busy day and did not do your daily devotions. Maybe you've had several such days. Repent and ask God's forgiveness. Every day is a new beginning for His people. Pray that He will help you to make Him the priority in your life. Ask Him to show you all of the nothings in your life, so that you can lay them aside and focus on Him. Thank Him for giving you a Savior to cover your sins when you stumble.

For Further Study:

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Exo 20:3-5; 1Co 10:14; 1Jo 5:21; ** not unto: Lev 26:1; ** molten gods: Exo 20:23; 32:4; 34:17; Deu 27:15; Hag 2:18;

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