August 7, 2017: SOAP #2804: Zephaniah 1-3; John 9 Scripture:  Zephaniah (NIV) 1:4 “I will stretch out my hand against Judah and against all who live in Jerusalem. I will cut off from this place every remnant of Baal, the names of the pagan and the idolatrous priests"5 those who bow down on the roofs [...]

August 7, 2017: SOAP #2804: Zephaniah 1-3; John 9

Scripture:  Zephaniah (NIV) 1:4 “I will stretch out my hand against Judah and against all who live in Jerusalem. I will cut off from this place every remnant of Baal, the names of the pagan and the idolatrous priests"5 those who bow down on the roofs to worship the starry host, those who bow down and swear by the LORD and who also swear by Molech,

Observation:    It seems that the people of Jerusalem had several gods from which one could choose.   Some worshipped the planets and constellations in the sky, some worshipped the LORD; and some worshipped Baal or Molech.   They went to the local 'god' store and picked out the one that best fit their life style.

If all those gods were idols, it might have not made much difference.   BUT, one of those gods, was the real thing!     One was the Creator!   One was the One who had delivered them from Egypt!

And the real God does not like to share his position with non-gods.   It makes him angry, especially when people should know better!

Application:   I must be careful to honor God as God, the only God!   He alone is to be feared!     He alone is worthy of worship!   He alone can direct my life in the way that is best for me and will bring the most glory to Him!

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, you alone are God!     You are not the best choice among many.   You are the only God!   There is none beside you.   I honor you alone!  Amen

Pastor Leon
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