Idols

Psalm 73:25
Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

1 Jn 5:21
Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

i•dol ˈaɪdl[ahyd-l]
–noun
1. an image or other material object representing a deity to which religious worship is addressed.
2. Bible.
a. an image of a deity other than God.
b. the deity itself.

3. any person or thing regarded with blind admiration, adoration, or devotion: Madame Curie had been her childhood idol.
4. a mere image or semblance of something, visible but without substance, as a phantom.
5. a figment of the mind; fantasy.
6. a false conception or notion; fallacy.

ad•mi•ra•tion ˌædməˈreɪʃən[ad-muh-rey-shuhn]
–noun
1. a feeling of wonder, pleasure, or approval.
2. the act of looking on or contemplating with pleasure: admiration of fine paintings.
3. an object of wonder, pleasure, or approval: The dancer was the admiration of everyone.
4. Archaic. wonder; astonishment.

ad•o•ra•tion ˌædəˈreɪʃən[ad-uh-rey-shuhn]
–noun
1. the act of paying honor, as to a divine being; worship.
2. reverent homage.
3. fervent and devoted love.

de•vo•tion dɪˈvoʊʃən[di-voh-shuhn]
–noun
1. profound dedication; consecration.
2. earnest attachment to a cause, person, etc.
3. an assignment or appropriation to any purpose, cause, etc.: the devotion of one’s wealth and time to scientific advancement.
4. Often, devotions. Ecclesiastical. religious observance or worship; a form of prayer or worship for special use.

This is interesting.
1. Idols are commonly known as objects of worship.
2. Objects of worships also means worship objects is isn’t it?
a. That means idols means worshipping objects?
3. Idol stems beyond objects, as explained in the dictionary.
a. any person or thing regarded with blind admiration, adoration, or devotion

I’d put as summary, anything that take our time from the worship/honor/praise/trust etc of God is idolatry.
Sometimes, even what seems to be right, ironically is wrong in God’s sight. Ie the story of Mary at Jesus feet while Martha is busy serving guests.
Though the imagery here is on guests, replace the guest with “fill in the blank”. What could feel that blank?
1. Wife
2. Children
3. Studies
4. Word
5. Hobbies
6. Exercises
7. Activities

This is interesting isn’t it? God’s business appears to be more demanding than we thought. Yet from ages past, any official business when one has a passion with is always demanding. If you have a passion for your wife or “fill in the blank”, you will be spending most of your time around that. What are we spending our time on? Is there anything that is putting that trust in God to something else?

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~ by ymsim on 2010/07/29.

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