This Sunday, June 4th, 2017, Pastor Duane White unpacked an amazing message that continued our series Timeless Ten here at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.
Timeless Ten: Know the Real God
“And God spoke all these words, saying: ‘I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.’” (Exodus 20:1–2, NKJV)
God is a “fill in the blank” God. He is reminding them in this scripture that He is the Great I Am.
Remember that there are a lot of names for God. There is Elohim, which means “strong creator.” Our God is not a weak God; He is a strong God. This was the first name God ever revealed Himself as to Abram, before God changed his name to Abraham. He called Himself the Strong Creator. This is the same God who flung the stars into place and created the massive galaxies, the same God who crated the heavens and the earth and all that is in them.
Then God reminds them not only who He is but what He has done. He reminds them that He has delivered them physically from slavery in Egypt. By sending His Son, God delivered us out of our “Egypt.” Some people He has physically rescued out of the hell they were in and the hell they were headed to.
God was also reminding them that He had delivered them spiritually from the “house of bondage.” A house can be a literal dwelling or a household. In other words, a generational bondage. He not only delivered you from hell, He took the hell out of you. He would have delivered you just for you, but it wasn’t just for you; it was for you and your family. You are no longer slaves to sin. You are no longer a son or daughter of Egypt, and bondage is no longer your inheritance.
Then the 2nd Commandment comes:
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me.” (Exodus 20:4–5, NKJV)
The problem with an idol is that they shrink our image of God down to their size. They restrict and relegate our view of God down to what a human could conceive about God.
There is nothing wrong with “aides” to worship as long as they don’t become objects of worship, and there is a clear understanding that God is not in the aide. He doesn’t reside in the object, and there is no power in the object.
For us to fully understand idolatry, we need a few good definitions:
- Idolatry occurs when you hold any value, idea, person, or activity higher than God.
- When you give God-like characteristics or attributes to anything other than God.
- When you worship the creation over the creator.
For example, often in our culture, we idolize things like:
- Physical beauty
Idolatry is about you making God into your image instead of letting God make you into His image. Don’t let God be reduced to yours or anybody else’s image. His image is better than any one you can conjure up.
Change comes in our life when we stop seeking the God we want and start seeking the God who is. The biggest problem with any god other than the true God, is they are a terrible substitute for the real deal. The best way to stop idolatry in your life is to know the one true God.
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”(John 8:32)
The more intimately you begin to know Jesus, the more no other substitute will do. One of the aspects of idol worship was to create an image that would ensure the presence of the god they represented. But God didn’t need an image to put His presence in. He had made us in His image already.
Jesus didn’t leave heaven looking for subjects to obey Him; He came to earth looking for love. What false idol ever wanted to be loved? Almost every false idol seeks submission and control of its subjects by fear and terror.
The more we know God, the more we realize He seeks us for a loving relationship with us, and any obedience He asks for is in our best interest and the best interest of others.
“Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by man’s design and skill.” (Acts 17:29, NIV)
He’s the only one who brought you out of Egypt.
He’s the only one who brought you out of the household of bondage.
He’s the only one worthy of your worship.
There is no one greater, no one higher, no one like our God!
Watch the full message here:
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