Because my posts float here to there to back again wherever, I am going to get a thousand other blogs. Yarp.
So I will post here my new blog sites, etc., so it will only be mildly confusing. Sound good? Am I insane? Shush.
I am going to (before I take off and do ‘other’ stuff i.e. make other WP sites) post what I read in the Tanakh today, specifically chapter 10. The Israelites again (and recall, if you will, that the church does the all the time. Not just one denomination, but all. And also, we individually do this. So don’t make the assumption that I am picking on Israel) messed up and immediately started worshipping other idols.
Particularly Baal — that is Dagan (Zebul) which was once renamed in derision by Israel as ‘lord of the flies.’
But back to falling into this idol worship. An idol is that which is anything or anyone that is worshipped above God. Hey, that’s just a reminder.
God had saved them over again, constantly each time they did this, from running from Egypt and on, because of His compassion and His promises. I suspect (though He already knew what was happening and that it would happen again) He heaved a sigh and said, ‘Have it Your Way,’ like the Ole Blue Eyes song, I Did it My Way.
Israel (past, present and future) were taken captive and sold to the Philistines (not Palestinians… Philistines–ya, forget it, I’ll explain another day) and Ammonites, and thoroughly crushed and oppressed, physically and spiritually. I see this spiritually in my ‘now’ as Satan trying to steal my joy, my devotion and my Promised Land. To destroy my faith.
I actually have been there. Done that. Got the tee shirt. Went to the conference called…’Been There.’ Sadly, just like Israel, more than once. Tsk.
The enemies even crossed the Jordan taking the Israelites captive from the Promised Land, that which they’d live for already more than a century.
If you know anything about human trafficking, being sold into enemy hands never turns out well.
The Israelites knew how God so often saved them (suddenly He was convenient again and they wanted Him to wave a magic wand–how many times are we just great with our own idolatry of stuff, but when something BIG happens, we remember to say God help me?), but superficially, not spiritually. Just as in the times during Rome, the leaders didn’t give a whit to changing their hearts, what they wanted was to keep their arrogance (their idolatry = themselves).
But God says, ‘let your gods save you.’ Reminiscent of Romans 1:28-32 –the future of not just folks hanging out on earth for whatever reason but for the church who follows suit. (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+1%3A28-32&version=NIV )
Finally… another sigh from God, he hears them cry out again, and saves them from themselves out of compassion. By His arm. Again, another reminder of the NT, Ephesians: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ephesians+2&version=NIV
I implore you, look into yourselves. What is YOUR idol? I have many days by the way when I need to stop and remember who is God… me? No. My stuff? Not so much. And on and on.
So… that being shorter than many of my posts on the Tanakh, I now go to set up more sites…