Words from the Heart for Saturday April 10th, 2021
You shall not make for yourself an image 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…
Exodus 20:4-5 (NIV)
When the Royal Canadian Mint introduced their collection featuring Norse gods, they said “We’re combining history and myth—and it begins with the hammer-wielding god of thunder: Thor. In the time of Canada’s Viking Age, quick-tempered Thor was one of the most admired figures of Norse faith and lore. His legendary strength and fearlessness are evident on your coin, where the apocalyptic battle scene is enhanced with selective gold plating and an antiqued finish—a first-time combination worthy of the ultimate warrior.”
I will never forget visiting a remote village while on a field review for Bible League Canada. A church had just been started and a dozen or so new followers of Jesus were meeting in the small courtyard in the centre of the village, surrounded by cattle stalls and sheep pens. Just off to the side of the courtyard was a stone table with three little skinny rocks placed upright. I asked the church planter what they were and he said they were the village idols. Never had it been so obvious to me why God commanded in Exodus 20:4-5: “You shall not make for yourself an image 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…” Human beings are created with a desire for a relationship with our Creator. We innately know that there is someone who is greater than ourselves. That God has revealed Himself through his word the Bible, and through His Son the Lord Jesus. We are commanded to worship Him and Him alone.
These have been words from the heart.