Deuteronomy 4

Idolatry Forbidden

“15 You saw no form of any kind the day the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, 16 so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman, 17 or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air, 18 or like any creature that moves along the ground or any fish in the waters below. 19 And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars—all the heavenly array—do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the Lord your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven. 20 But as for you, the Lord took you and brought you out of the iron-smelting furnace, out of Egypt, to be the people of his inheritance, as you now are.”

This is just a short reflection or thought from my daily bible reading.  For some reason this verse really leaped from the text this morning as I was meditating on the Word.  The most obvious forms of idolatry often come from tangible, substantive things that we face on a daily basis.  Being that we are made of the dust of the earth, and trapped in flesh that communicates with the outside world through our senses – touch, taste, smell, it’s inevitable that we face some our greatest temptations and idols through those means.

In modern times we don’t place great value on carved wooden images that we can worship, but we do place high value on many things “carved”, decorated, and manufactured by others – Cars, homes, phones, clothes, nature, sports, food, you name it the idols are readily available and beckoning for the worship of any willing taker.  All tangible items, obsessions, and time-stealers that beg us for their worship.  All dead inanimate objects or desires that offer very little power as it relates to the kingdom of God.  All of them being things that we see with the natural eye.

What occurred to me is that the things of greatest worth in the kingdom of God are often (but not necessarily always), things that are unseen.  Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, mercy, forgiveness, and God, all things that are generally unseen but of immeasurable worth.

2 Corinthians 4:18

New International Version (NIV)

18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.