“For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God…” (Deut. 4:24).
Idolatry takes on many forms. It can take the form of an image made to resemble an object. It can also take the form of a mental image. The latter form of idolatry is the one we tend to overlook as Christians, but it is just prevalent as the tangible idolatrous object. When we exalt someone, something or even ourselves to the place which should be occupied by God and under His sovereignty, then we have created an idol.
Repeatedly throughout Israel’s wilderness wanderings and beyond, God had issued warning against this type of activity. Why? The spiritual ramifications of engaging in such practices not only affected (most importantly) the people’s relationship with God, but it also affected their relationships with one other, with the surrounding nations and with the land itself.
(…to be continued…)