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Idol Minds

published28 days ago
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JUST FOR FUN - Idol Minds by Phil

You've probably seen in movies or on TV where someone has arranged pillows under their blankets to give the appearance they are sleeping while secretly sneaking off. (You may have even done this yourself a time or two.) It's not a new idea, this deception goes clear back to Bible times. Check it out...

"Saul sent men to David’s house to watch it and to kill him in the morning. But Michal, David’s wife, warned him, “If you don’t run for your life tonight, tomorrow you’ll be killed.” So Michal let David down through a window, and he fled and escaped. Then Michal took an idol and laid it on the bed, covering it with a garment and putting some goats’ hair at the head." - 1 Samuel 19:11-13

Pretty sneaky! The goats' hair wig was a nice touch. But wait just a minute, why would David and Michal have an idol sitting around the house, ready for this ruse? David was a man after God's own heart, and idols were number two on God's top ten "Thou Shalt Not" no-no list. And this was no little pocket Asherah pole or Buddha Buddy (the portable potbelly for the on-the-go Buddhist). It was big enough to be mistaken for a full sized sleeping man, so it had to be fairly large. In other words, when not used for subterfuge, it would have been right out there in the open, not hidden in the back of some forgotten drawer. This may not have been the first, but it was surely a step on the slippery slope that lead to David's future moral failures.

Your living room may not feature a statue of Min (the ancient Egyptian god of fertility and lettuce - I’m not kidding, look it up), but if there is something competing with God for your affection and attention, it's gotta go! We modern day Christians can easily see the folly in worshipping a statue made by human hands, but we are still tempted to invest our devotion on things that really don't matter in the long run. Samuel's words to the Israelites long ago still ring true today...

"Serve the Lord with all your heart. And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty. For the Lord will not forsake his people, for his great name's sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you a people for himself... Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you." - 1 Samuel 12:20b-22,24

Now's a good time to look around and see if you've surrounded yourself with any "idols." Even without a goat fur wig, they can lead to "hairy" situations.

Loving the Lord,
Phil and Pam

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