Daily Devotion, 90 Days Through Bible, Day 6

Day 6 readings: Exodus 15:19-Exodus 28-43

In today’s reading we hear the Ten Commandments given to the wandering Israelites and then also to us. I want to focus specifically upon one of them, all ten are important, but this one jumps out at me today – Exodus 20:4-6.

“You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

What are the idols of our making today? These days I think we see them all around us.

Our sports teams with their billion dollar stadiums, and major players paid in the millions and millions of dollars. My Denver Broncos were able to get the services of an idol of many, Peyton Manning. Now we’ll have to wait to see if he can be our savior by winning the Super Bowl this year. I use that religious language tongue in cheek.

Then there are our political parties and their candidates who promise us the moon and the stars, promise that they can deliver us from all the errors of our ways.

Then there are the multimillion dollar companies bringing out the latest and best in technology. The new I-phone 5 is entering the market. It’s supposed to be smaller, yet faster and much, much better. It delivers us all we need; news, our finances, our friends, everything we need with only the pushing of a button or speaking the command.

I think you get the picture. And God said and says; “You shall not make an idol of any form?”

Friends, don’t get me wrong I think it is possible and okay to enjoy sports and we have to have our political candidates – just know they can’t deliver everything they promise, at least without a lot of sacrifice on all of our parts, and modern technology can help us do God’s work. So, none of this is evil or fully wrong. It’s just wrong when any of it becomes what we worship; to worship means to know that the one or what we focus upon is worthy of our praise.

Friends, the only one who is worthy of our praise is the one who delivered the Israelites from bondage and in our readings is now leading them through the wilderness and preparing them for their new life in the promised land.

Do you have an idol? Something that you believe is worthy of praise and your full attention? Something or someone that you build your life around?  Let go of your love for it and grab hold of God’s love poured out to you and all of us.

We’re called to worship God and God alone, so may all things of this life fall under Him and may we strive to love, serve and honor only God.

O Lord, forgive me, when I put anything before you. It is you who has promised and delivered me to real life. May I focus upon your love for me and all people. May I seek to do as my Lord, calls me to do; “Love the Lord, my God, with all my heart, mind, soul and strength and love others as I love myself.” Amen.

15:19-21 – Miriam’s Song of God’s Victory

15:22-27 – The Waters of Marah and Elim

17:1-7 – Water from the Rock

17:8-15 – The Amalekites Defeated

18 – Jethro Visits Moses (Moses family reunited)

19 – At Mount Sinai

20:1-21 – The Ten Commandments

20:22-21:1 – laws Regarding Idols and Altars

21:2-11 – Laws Regarding Hebrew Servants

21:12-36 – Laws Regarding Personal Injuries

22:1-15 – Laws Regarding Personal Protection of Property

22:16-31 – Laws Regarding Social Responsibiltiy

23:1-9 – Laws of Justice and Mercy

23:10-13 – Sabbath Laws

23:14-19 – The Three Annual Festivals

23:20-33 – God’s Angel to Prepare the Way

24 – The Covenant Confirmed

25:1-9 – Offerings for the Tabernacle

25:10-22 – The Ark

25:23-30 – The Table

25:31-39 – The Lampstand

26 – The Tabernacle

27:1-8 – The Altar of Burnt Offering

27:9-19 – The Courtyard

27:20-21 – Oil for the Lampstand

28:1-5 – The Priestly Garments

28:6-14 – The Ephod

28:15-30 – The Breastpiece

28:31-43 – Other Priestly Garments

Day 7 readings – Exodus 29:1-Exodus 40:38

 

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