I. COMMANDED NOT TO BE AN IDOL WORSHIPER
You shall not make other gods besides Me; gods of silver or gods of gold, you shall not make for yourselves (Exodus 20:23).
A. IDOLS ARE MADE BY PEOPLE
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of man’s hands (Psalm 115:4).
The idols of the nations are but silver and gold, the work of man’s hands (Psalm 135:15).
1. God provides everything, even the materials people use for idols
[Israel] does not know that it was I [the Lord] who . . . lavished on her silver and gold which they used for Baal . . . therefore I will punish her for the days of the Baals when she used to offer sacrifices to them (Hosea 1:8, 13).
B. GREED EQUATED WITH IDOLATRY
Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to . . . greed, which amounts to idolatry (Colossians 3:5).
II. GOD JUDGES THOSE WHO WORSHIP IDOLS
They [your enemies] will deal with you in hatred, take all your property . . . these things will be done to you [Jerusalem] because . . . you have defiled yourself with their idols (Ezekiel 23:29-30).
All of her [Israel] idols will be smashed, all of her earnings will be burned with fire, and all of her images I [the Lord] will make desolate . . . (Micah 1:7).
A. EXAMPLE OF GOD’S PEOPLE DESTROYING IDOLS, THEN LORD BLESSING
And you [God's people] will defile your graven images, overlaid with silver, and your molten images plated with gold. You will scatter them as an impure thing; and say to them, “Be gone!” Then He will give you rain for the seed which you will sow in the ground, and bread from the yield of the ground, and it will be rich and plenteous; on that day your livestock will graze in a roomy pasture (Isaiah 30:22-23).
III. EXAMPLE OF IDOLATRY CLOAKED IN RELIGION
“The eleven hundred pieces of silver which were taken from you, about which you uttered a curse in my hearing, behold, the silver is with me; I took it.” And his mother said, “Blessed be my son by the Lord.” He then returned the eleven hundred pieces of silver to his mother, and his mother said, “I wholly dedicate the silver from my hand to the Lord for my son to make a graven image and a molten image; now therefore, I will return them to you.” So when he returned the silver to his mother, his mother took two hundred pieces of silver and gave them to the silversmith who made them into a graven image and a molten image, and they were in the house of Micah (Judges 17:2-4).