The Idolatry of a Stony Heart
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Compiled by JS Lowther
ReNEWed COVENANT Ministry
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image,
or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above,
or that is in the earth beneath,
or that is in the water under the earth:
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them:
for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God,
visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children
unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me,
and keep my commandments.
As was discussed prior from the key text of 2 Corinthians 3, the law may be followed by either the letter or the Spirit. The Spirit shall give life and the Letter will kill. The Law will either Curse the one who Sin’s against it or Bless them who Keep it. While both form of people will inevitably be in all societies, YHWH, desired ADaM to be Like Him, God, but never to be YHWH God.
A word needs to be spoken on the word and name God or in Hebrew AL, ALHI, ALHIM, that is the God of the bible, whos name is YHWH. The word in it’s other usages in the bible may easily be seen to also reflect the judges of Israel who carried out judicial determination upon and for the people, this is easily seen in Exo_21:6; Exo_22:8; Exo_22:9: all of which refer to the God ordained authorities as being representatives of GOD due to the exicusion of his Law as seen in Deu_19:17-18, these are undoubtedly spiritual men due to the high standards placed upon them in their selection from among the Elders, that is the old men, of Israel’s Tribes and families Exo_18:25-26 Exo_18:25-26, Deu_1:9-18, Num_1:1-54, Num_11:14-25. This forwarded by Christ in Joh_10:34 and his quote of Psa_82:6-7, that the congregations of the judges of Israel were god’s representatives, they were refereed to as gods, that is ALHIM, the judicious exercise of YHWH’s Law, is the exercise of the mind of God, and the mind of Christ, when the law is used lawfully.
Israel’s Judges were taken from among the Elders, who were the cream of the crop in wisdom, life experience and in knowledge of God’s Law, they were God’s Representatives on earth, the disregard of their lawful adjudication power was punished by death, Deu_17:8-12 … And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before the LORD thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel.
Consider the Genesis basis for this doctrine:
When YHWH GOD created ADaM in His own Likeness and Image Gen_1:26, He created him to have dominion, that is governance. As reality dictates and the bible confirms that God is a spirit, and as a Spirit ADaM was made in a Spiritual Likeness and Image, thus ADaM was given the Spirit of God by way of Judicious behavior like God, the reflection God’s Judgment, as focused on in the Compilation What is the (Holy) Spirit? pt.1, God’s Spirit is a Spirit of determining Truth, a Spirit of Wisdom, A Spirit of Knowledge and Understanding, A Spirit of Holiness or Purification.A
As ADaM is the temple of God’s Spirit, even in his ignorance of God’s Law man exercises the tenants of Spirit so named by the resemblance given him by nature, Yet when ADaM is obedient to the Laws and Commandments of God he is empowered from on high and prone towards his creation Blessing: Dominion of God’s Kingdom on earth. Sin against the first Commandment, as seen in the violation of the eating of the forbidden fruit of the knowledge of Good and Evil in Gen_3:1-7, that is the violation of the purity of the Holiness of God’s which was the state ADaM was made in to represent YHWH Dominion purely, until his selfish, humanist desires against God’s will took hold and he desired the wisdom only God had, of Good and Evil, a knowledge YHWH reserved to himself, that is the Rule of Law, knowledge of the difference between Good and Evil, a Knowledge that regardless of the object of the forbidden fruit, the violation of God’s strict command was the fruit of Death, by simply judging for ones own self that they were not under Dominion to God, and thus they desired to be God.
Yet it is this Law that we know is the powerful tool in making wise the simple and foolish Nation of Israel, who is the inheritor ADaM’s Dominion under Christ, and it shall be our righteousness by living in the Law and our Wickedness if not; the onus of the Spirit of Judgment is upon us according to the knowledge we now have like God, we possessors of this conscience, that is con-science to “bring-forth knowledge”.
So it is,the first Commandment is, as said, the only commandment when considering the Law of YHWH, as all violations of any Law willfully show disregard for He who is God, by giving ones obedience to another Law or services; albeit those of an Idol or strange God, or those of one’s own flesh: which is the underlying power of what is called humanism, and selfishness, ultimately the only object of worship in actual satanism as we will see by the end of this message.
When YHWH’s Law is followed: from the least to the Greatest commandment our bodies are presented as a living sacrifice, Rom_12:1, Which the Apostle tells us is our Reasonable Service, showing that the bowling down to and serving of any other God other than YHWH in sin against the 2nd commandment should very well as be seen in the service one presents as proof of His or Her obedience to the God of the Bible, the LORD YHWH, thus by willful disobedience to a Law, Statute or Command one presents their body as a living sacrifice to another God, even to ones own self.
Eve in the case of those who call them selves Bible believers, yet they disregard the Law’s of the God, YHWH, which breathed the Words of every Word and sent in the flesh His very Word, Even they who think them selves exempt from Service according the Word of God be in fact, willfully or ignorantly commit this form of Idolatry:
Eze_14:3 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?
Eze_14:4 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;
The form of Idolatry mentioned by Ezekiel the prophet is perhaps not the primary form of Idolatry, on account of the literal bowing down and worshiping aspects of the Commandment; however the humanism associated with both forms of worship are common. Consider the choice the worshiper of a pantheon has, they may choose if the personality and worship, thus the law of one strange god suits them other the other, and in the mind of the devotee the “gods” are willing to be tolerant to the worship of many others beside them selves. The Scripture used the word vanity to describe the act of Idolatry, we may see a usage of this in
Col_3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
Col 3:6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
Col 3:7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
Notice how Paul uses the Idea of these violations of God’s law as covetous and Idolatry, ad in verse 7 he ends the statement with the counter-approach of the same opposing heart and mind set as YHWH specifies in His own law:
Lev_18:4 Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God.
Lev 18:5 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.
The mind and heart of the adherent is still the scope of the worshiper of any thing called a god, either YHWH, or a false strange so called god. The life ‘style’ or walk a person chooses as well is part of the life his god wishes him to walk in: when a person does what they want despite the law of YHWH God they are humanist, which is the predominant religion midst christians and non-christians alike in our modern day, tolerance and acceptance of portions of YHWH’s Law which even most pagan peoples held as abomination with out the knowledge of the bible are now the norm, they are none the less our modern Idolatry, vanity, emptiness. It is how most ignorantly worship the the idol of their own heart, an Idol which tolerates the Idol in every one else’s heart, so long as it is tolerant of them.
In applying the 1st and 2nd commandment, in the National sense, that is by enforcing the judgments which keep Law and Order in society, the application of the punishment for a violation of the 2nd Commandment is always death.
Deu_17:2 If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant,
Deu 17:3 And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded;
Deu 17:4 And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel:
Deu 17:5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.
Deu_17:6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.
Deu 17:7 The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.
This is the summation of transgression against the 1st or 2nd Commandment:
For when the worship or service of another God is positively seen, two must FIND one committing such WICKEDNESS, that is undeniably so, or the judgment must NOT be. One who worships another god, positively, that is they do so BEFORE the LORD YHWH, the God of the bible, they have placed this other thing called a god literally before YHWH the God of the Bible, this must be able to be proven by diligent search with a certainty of the Elders: Judges and Officers.
Most adherents to a faith, will not deny their god, thus the ability for one who is a true worshiper of a strange god should be easy. secondly, one who worships in secret will be needed to be proven by witnesses to that person’s placement of another God before the National God YHWH.
Thrid in the case of Humanism, the idols of the heart, the Law of God dictates the types of humanism and self worship that incurs death by two or three witnesses; Due to the inability for one to often witness personal, or internal self worship, the death penalty in the physical world lacks, but God will judge.
In the case of one who would boldly, or presumptuously proclaim himself as god, a god, and voice in the ears of witnesses ones belief as being greater than YHWH and his rights more needful for him to follow publicly than YHWH’s Law. Then in the case of humanism, we may also find a death penalty in a Biblical society Governed by THE COMMON LAW of GOD.
Yet here is the slippery slope of law, only by the mouth of True undeniable facts and Evidence may this judgment be carried out by Lawful Judges and Officers of the people. For if others impression, opinion, thoughts, suspicions, prejudice, or hatred would over shadow the sin against the 2nd commandment and so the 1st, by ignoring the judgment clauses of 2 or 3 witnesses, a witness being a first hand account, as well as the diligent search of the mater, and the absolute proof of the violation, only in exception to the sinner’s own admission, then by the Lawful authorities transgression of such elements of the Lawful Judgment, those judges stand as violators of the same Commandments by there own selfish motives.
Consider the following in light of this contemplation of Israel’s 1st and 2nd Commandment explained by Ezekiel:
2Th_2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (1Cor_3:16-17; 1Cor_6:19; 2 Cor_6:16– Your Body is the temple)
2Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
2Th 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
2Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
2Th 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Not much different.
Eze_14:6 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.
Eze 14:7 For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to a prophet to enquire of him concerning me; I the LORD will answer him by myself:
Eze 14:8 And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
Eze 14:9 And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.
Eze 14:10 And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him;
Eze 14:11 That the house of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may be their God, saith the Lord GOD.