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1 Kings 18:28 – Ancient practices not for emulation

1 Kings 18:28 

So they cried aloud, and cut themselves, as was their custom, with knives and lances, until the blood gushed out on them. (‭NKJV)

Ancient practices of idol worship included cutting oneself, walking through fire, body piercing and other peculiar rituals. Some of these are still practiced by certain cults and religions today. Do these practices have any semblance to what some people deemed as “cool” and fashionable today – namely, tattooing, the wearing of rings pierced through different parts of the body, doning peculiar hairdo, etc. In fact, these seem to be the vogue today. Most of these actions leave permanent marks on our bodies, much like what those idol worship practices would do. But more importantly, what is the purpose of such practices? To draw attention to oneself? To be associated with others who do the same?

The call of the gospel is to newness of life. Our desires ought to be God-centred and not self-centred. Hence, we should desire to exhibit behaviours that would direct the attention of people to Christ, rather than to ourselves. We should desire to be associated with Christians. We should disassociate ourselves from questionable practices. While some may appeal to Christian liberty in such practices, there are weightier matters such as, eg. stumbling others, that we need to consider. The ultimate question to answer would be: does what I do glory God or does it glorify myself? Very often, external behaviours are symptoms & reflections of what is really in the heart. Let us examine ourselves before God.

Questions for meditation:

1) Is God pleased with how I adorn myself?

What you can pray for:

1) Lord, help me be ever conscious of your presence with me & let this create a fear in me that will help me shun sin.

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Jud 6:31 – ..if he is a god, let him contend for himself…

Judges 6:31 “..if he is a god, let him contend for himself…”

Gideon just destroyed the altar of Baal, an idol of the people of Israel. And the people got angry with Gideon for doing this. They were so angry that they wanted to kill him. In response to this threat, Joash the Father of Gideon said to the people “..if he (that is Baal) is a god, let him contend for himself..”. There is so much truth in this statement. Yet we still see idol worship happening so prevalently.

 The Psalmist has the following to tell us concerning idols:

“….The work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; Eyes they have, but they do not see; They have ears, but they do not hear; Nor is there any breath in their mouths. Those who make them are like them; So is everyone who trusts in them.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭135:16-18‬ ‭NKJV‬

Is a statue the object of your worship? If so, you ought to consider the wisdom of the bible concerning them. Turn to the true God of the heavens and the earth. By His word, all things came to pass. At His command, His creation responds accordingly. By His Spirit, He moves the hearts of even kings. Everything under the sun is under His control. In Him, we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28). If He withholds His grace in sustaining you, you will no longer have life. Therefore, Be wise! Seek Him now and turn away from worshipping idols.