by Andrew McQuitty

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Free to Be Fulfilled (2 of 10)
Andrew McQuitty
Exodus 20:4-6

"God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other."


Introduction: phony gods do not fulfill. . .

In an old Star Trek episode "The Trouble with Tribbles", Captain James Kirk of the USS Enterprise is guarding a grain shipment before it is sent out to a starving planet. But then thousands of Tribbles, cute little space animals that look like a cross between a kitten and a long haired guinea pig, consume the grain but starve to death. Kirk discovers the grain has been poisoned and had no nutritional value. The creatures ate their fill but were never nourished. Spiritually, a lot of people are like those Tribbles. They eat but never get filled. Some of you may be doing that right now. You're pursuing things in life you hope will fulfill you, but instead you are still hungry, unfulfilled and dissatisfied.

The prohibition against idolatry in the second commandment is a warning about seeking fulfillment in those things that can only leave us empty. The word idol comes from the Hebrew verb "to hew into shape". What is an idol? Simply, it is anybody or anything that I have hewed into shape for myself to love or trust more than the true God. We saw last week that God made us to be worshipping creatures. The only question is, will we worship the true God or some cheap substitute? The last thing God wants is for you and me to spin our wheels on phony gods. To prevent that, you need to understand three things:

I. How we make phony gods.

How do we make idols today? Some of you might object that you failed shop class in school and you couldn't whittle the bark off a stick much less make a graven image! People make idols two ways--and neither has anything to do with shop class. . .

"Idolatry is worshipping anything that ought ...

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