1. What is an idol? An object made in a certain shape that represents a certain idea of a spiritual entity. The idols were made in an “image” of the god or goddess they were meant to represent. The idol was the “representative of the deity” within the world. This is not necessarily reality but is what is believed in the ancient near east.
2. Two parallel ideas: there are other spiritual beings besides God and there is no one like the LORD (
3. Other spiritual beings: Ps. 82:1-8; Ps. 89:6-7; Is. 6:1-6; Dan. 7:9-10; Dan. 8:16; Dan. 9:21; Dan. 12:1; Rev. 12:7-9; Job 38:7; Deut. 32:8,43; Gen. 6:1-6.
4. The ancient Israelites were not (or were not supposed to be) polytheists; they were simply aware of other spiritual beings out there.
5. Third thought: idols are utterly worthless (Ex. 20:3-4; Jer. 2:5; Is. 44:9-20).
6. Spiritual beings are “out there”. Paul helps us in 1 Cor. 8:4-6 and 1 Cor. 10:20).
7. The idol does not speak; it does not work powerfully; it cannot save. It is simply an image of nothing - for it represents nothing. The one who worships it becomes like it - dumb, sightless, speechless, hard, unable to hear. Not literally - but spiritually and in every way that matters. They become people who speak and have nothing to say; they hear words and do not comprehend; they have vision but are unable to see things of import; they are intelligent yet cannot understand or comprehend the truth; their hearts are hardened, to the point they would sacrifice their own children (
8. Only one that saves is the True God; putting faith in him and worship him so that we are conformed to his image.
9. Idolatry still exists today - whenever someone worships another god or power, or exalts themselves - their wants, desires, and needs - above the worship of God and the commands of Scripture.
10. Ex: Sacrifice to culture - by giving into ideologies, such as transgender.
11. Another idolatry: youth and beauty
12. Another idolatry: political candidates.
Renz: “Whatever we worship, whatever we put at the center of our lives, will give shape and direction to our lives, but the center can only hold if it is the living God himself.”