by Dennis Marquardt

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Temptation to Serve Other Gods (4 of 4)
Dennis Marquardt
Exodus 32:1-35

INTRO: We often think how primitive it was for people in the Old Testament to worship idols made of wood and stone. Those idols were nothing more than empty images made in man's own imagination and mind. In this sense it was the reversal of Biblical truth that God made man in His image; but sinful man makes a god in his own image!

It is hard to believe people actually believed that these man made images were powerful gods! However, today we are not that different, except with the images. It is still possible to worship a "false image" even if it is one just in your own imagination or head! Any image of God that we worship that doesn't fit the Biblical view is a "false image."

Most idols sprang into being out of desperate needs, and so man created an image to fit that particular need. Whenever we don't get what we want, or when we desperately want something we are driven to finding the "god" we need to meet our desperate needs. This is how we often create "new gods." Then, we spend our energy and resources to sacrifice to that "god" in the hopes we will get what we really want. Tragically, Christians sometimes "reinvent" the true God into an image that will satisfy what THEY WANT too, always with disastrous results.

"We need to worship of the GOD OF THE BIBLE, not the one in our heads!"

When Moses was up in the mountain receiving God's commandments for Israel he was gone so long that the people of Israel began to feel desperate and alone. In their fear and desperation they decided they couldn't wait any longer for a clear picture of God and they pressed Aaron into making a god for them from an image they already had of a god, a golden calf.

PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that desperate emotions can cause us to create or reinvent God into our own image, an image usually very different from the image in the Bible. Then we end up ...

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