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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Flirting with Idols (Judges 2)

When we flirt with idols and sit under false teachers, they will likely grab a hold of us, drag us down, and destroy us.

This, in essence, is the story of the book of Judges that just keeps repeating over again. But, perhaps even sadder, is the fact that it is still happening today. We still haven’t learned the lesson which the Angel of the Lord clearly spoke to the Israelites below:

Judges 2:1-3 [1] Now the angel of the Lord came up from Gilgal .. And he said, “I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land which I have sworn to your fathers; and I said, ‘I will never break My covenant with you, [2] and as for you, you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars.’ But you have not obeyed Me; what is this you have done?” [3] “Therefore I also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; but they will become as thorns in your sides and their gods will be a snare to you.’ ”

The Israelites were told to drive the Canaanites out. The Canaanites not only worshiped false gods but sacrificed their children to them. The Angel of the Lord was protecting the Israelites from being pulled down by these false gods. Unfortunately the Israelites refused to obey and then suffered the consequences.

What we fail to understand is the power behind any false teaching or idol and its rituals. Satan is behind all of it and uses these things with signs and wonders to deceive us.

People see signs and wonders and think, “this must be right,” ignoring the fact that God’s Word warns us not to be deceived by them, to understand the power behind them and the desire to destroy us.

Today people seem to be most deceived by false prophets and mediums who predict what’s going to happen or tell of dreams that predict the future. We know anyone who claims to be a medium is a false teacher.

But we also need to know any prophets predicting future events with no tie to Scripture or who do not point us to Jesus, are false. Any prophet who predicts an event that does not happen when it is predicted to happen, is false.

For me, unless the message includes “only God knows when” and “turn to Jesus,” I don’t trust it and even then, it must be tested against Scripture.

Dear Lord, Let me hear the warning You gave to the Israelites and faithfully separate from anyone following idols or false teachers and encouraging me to do the same.

Lord, everyone is frightened by what we see happening in our world right now. That means we are either sticking our head in the sand trying to ignore it all or seeking safety and security by what seems right in our own eyes and by our own strength.

Lord, show me how to shine Your Light and point people to the true safety and security we can only find in Your arms. There is nothing safe or secure about this world. But we can find all the safety and security our hearts crave in You alone, Lord. Please protect me from the temptation to flirt with idols, cling to false teachers, or rely on my own strength.

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