“For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God…” (Deut. 4:24).
To engage in the idolatrous practices as those from the surrounding nations was to deny the fact that it was God Who: 1) made the promise to their fathers, 2) delivered them from Egypt, 3) preserved them in the wilderness, and 4) was now preparing to lead them into the land of promise. In addition to this, it was a denial of the fact that God dwelt among them and had provided them with a system for living that would guarantee unlimited blessing, favor and protection contingent upon their obedience and faithfulness to Him and His commands. As a result, God is declaring that He is worthy of their allegiance, and He is not willing to share their devotion with anyone or anything else (Is. 42:8). To do so would greatly diminish His Sovereign authority within creation and His rightful claim to all of creation as its Creator.
(…to be continued…)