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House Gods

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June 7, 2024 8:00 pm

House Gods

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June 7, 2024 8:00 pm

The men in the Bible study group were nearly eighty years old, so I was surprised to learn they struggled with lust. A battle that had begun in their youth lingered still. Each day they pledged to follow Jesus in this area and asked forgiveness for the moments they failed.

It may surprise us that godly men still fight against base temptations at a late stage in life, but maybe it shouldn’t. An idol is anything that threatens to take the place of God in our lives, and such things can show up long after we assume they’re gone.

In the Bible, Jacob had been rescued from his uncle Laban and his brother Esau. He was returning to Bethel to worship God and celebrate His many blessings, yet his family still kept foreign gods that Jacob had to bury (Genesis 35:2–4). At the end of the book of Joshua, after Israel had defeated their enemies and settled in Canaan, Joshua still had to urge them to “throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the Lord” (Joshua 24:23). And King David’s wife Michal apparently kept idols, for she put one in his bed to deceive the soldiers who came to kill him (1 Samuel 19:11–16).

Idols are more common than we think, and God is more patient than we deserve. Temptations to turn to them will come, but God’s forgiveness is greater. May we be set apart for Jesus—turning from our sins and finding forgiveness in Him.

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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread.

I'm Mike Whitman and I titled our reading, House Gods. The men in the Bible Study group were nearly 80 years old, so I was surprised to learn they struggled with lust. A battle that had begun in their youth lingered still. Each day they pledged to follow Jesus in this area and ask forgiveness for the moments they failed.

It may surprise us that godly men still fight against base temptations at a late stage in life, but maybe it shouldn't. An idol is anything that threatens to take the place of God in our lives, and such things can show up long after we assume they're dead. In the Bible, Jacob had been rescued from his uncle Laban and his brother Esau. He was returning to Bethel to worship God and celebrate his many blessings, yet his family still kept foreign gods that Jacob had to bury. At the end of the book of Joshua, after Israel had defeated their enemies and settled in Canaan, Joshua still had to urge them to throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the Lord.

And King David's wife Michael apparently kept idols, for she put one in his bed to deceive the soldiers who came to kill him. Idols are more common than we think, and God is more patient than we deserve. Temptations to turn to them will come, but God's forgiveness is greater. May we be set apart for Jesus, turning from our sins and finding forgiveness in Him. Today's scripture reading is from Genesis chapter 35 verses 1 through 5. Then God said to Jacob, Go up to Bethel and settle there, and build an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you were fleeing from your brother Esau. So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes. Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and who has been with me wherever I have gone. So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods they had and their rings in their ears, and Jacob buried them under the oak at Shechem.

Then they set out, and the terror of God fell on the towns all around them, so that no one pursued them. Let's pray. Father, we confess our sin of idolatry to You, and gratefully receive Your forgiveness through Jesus. Help us to turn away from anything that stands between us and our relationship with You. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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