The more I learn, the more my eyes are opened. But our eyes must not open in vain. If we gain understanding, what good is that understanding unless we walk in it.
Sometimes we stumble. We may follow along with a doctrine or tradition because it is what we have simply been taught by our elders our whole lives. We obey out of reverance. Or maybe we didn’t grow up in the church. But we may go along with these doctrines or traditions because we don’t know any better.
But there are some that have heard but do not pay attention.
“ Jesus replied, “You hypocrites, Isaiah described you beautifully when he wrote—‘This people honours me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. And in vain they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men’. You are so busy holding on to the traditions of men that you let go the commandment of God!” Mark 7:6-8
I was led to Deuteronomy 4 last night. I’ll share these scriptures with you and encourage you to take heed.
“Only be careful, and watch yourselves diligently as long as you live, so that you won’t forget what you saw with your own eyes, so that these things won’t vanish from your hearts. Rather, make them known to your children and grandchildren– the day you stood before Adonai your God at Horev, when Adonai said to me, ‘Gather the people to me, and I will make them hear my very words, so that they will learn to hold me in awe as long as they live on earth, and so that they will teach their children.'” Deuteronomy 4:9-10
A good reminder to us all to live in awe of Him and hear His Words. For the Lord never speaks in vain.
“You approached and stood at the foot of the mountain; and the mountain blazed with fire to the heart of heaven, with darkness, clouds and thick mist. Then Adonai spoke to you out of the fire! You heard the sound of words but saw no shape, there was only a voice. He proclaimed his covenant to you, which he ordered you to obey, the Ten Words (the Ten Commandments); and he wrote them on two stone tablets. At that time Adonai ordered me to teach you laws and rulings, so that you would live by them in the land you are entering in order to take possession of it.” Deuteronomy 4:11-14
“Therefore, watch out for yourselves! Since you did not see a shape of any kind on the day Adonai spoke to you in Horev from the fire, do not become corrupt and make yourselves a carved image having the shape of any figure– not a representation of a human being, male or female, or a representation of any animal on earth, or a representation of any bird that flies in the air, or a representation of anything that creeps along on the ground, or a representation of any fish in the water below the shoreline. For the same reason, do not look up at the sky, at the sun, moon, stars and everything in the sky, and be drawn away to worship and serve them; Adonai your God has allotted these to all the the peoples under the entire sky.” Deuteronomy 4:15-19
Why did the Lord associate being corrupt with making for ourselves carved images or representations of human beings/animals/or anything or anyone in heaven?
Because He knows us better than we know ourselves.
It starts out as a memorial stone on the high places. Maybe a carving of Jesus himself, a saint that made an impact, the Virgin Mary. A place for us to kneel down and remember what they have done. Then it progresses to bowing down to these stones and praying to the saints and Mary herself instead of ONLY praying to God himself who says our only Mediator is Christ. Now it has become a ‘man-made tradition’ that the church has become desensitized to. Even though it is in our very 10 commandments, we ignore it because it is now socially acceptable. We argue that the law is done away with even though Jesus said He never came to abolish it but to fulfill it. And does that now mean that the other 9 commandments are a ‘free for all’? Do not murder, do not lie, do not covet, etc, etc.
Now parts of the church don’t look much different then the rest of the world. And you have christians/catholics defending our man-made carved images and representations of other people.
If the Lord thought it was important enough to include with other commandments such as “Do not murder” than we ought to take heed. Papa knows best. Papa God knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows how the enemy tries to weezle his way into our hearts through seemingly harmless means.
As a parent, have you ever told your children they couldn’t do something but they didn’t understand the “why” behind it. They may have even argued with you or disobeyed you because they didn’t understand what the big deal was. But you knew why. You were trying to protect them. That’s exactly why God has given us these 10 commandments. Trust Him.
If I didn’t love my fellow believers in Messiah then I would’ve skimmed over this last night. If my aim was to please people and not God than I would’ve concluded that this “Word” was for a different time. But I love you, I love and care about the condition of our church, and greatest of all….I love and aim to please God first.
And I hope this teaches you that just because you see the church is doing it doesn’t make it right. If a denomination teaches something contrary to the Word of God then I encourage you to pray for God to give you guidance on what the next step is.