Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Bull Dust and Golden Cows

The hard thing to do sometimes when reading through Scripture is to imagine that these stories were actually real, events that are historical as well as spiritual. I do believe these events are historical and really happened but some times certain stories are hard to get your mind around. When Elijah was on the mountain at the God-athon with the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18) God came down in a fire and burned up Elijah’s offering. This was in order to prove He is the only true and living God. Read that story if you’re not familiar, it is one that will get you all jacked up and ready to serve the Lord. Then there is the story of Israel creating a golden calf to worship (Exodus 32). God is not pleased with these activities. It is against the first commandment he set out for His people (“You shall have no other gods before me” [Exodus 20]). I remember these stories and others like King Nebuchadnezzar trying to make God’s people worship false gods. It doesn’t seem like that would happen these days. I came across this story of a little girl named Lakshmi in India. Lakshmi was born with 4 arms and 4 legs. Naturally, the parents wanted to have this medical marveled corrected so they were able to get surgery to have these additional limbs removed. The residents of the local village they lived in were opposed to this surgery because they believed this little girl was a goddess. It is sad to see people bow down and worship things made by God or created by human hands. This is a vivid example of what is against the first commandment, worshipping other gods. There are more vague gods though. What do you worship? Clothes, your career, your family, your kids, is there something in your life that you’re are putting ahead of the True God as your little god? How many times must we read these stories of God burning up bulls and destroying golden calves to realize that He is a jealous God, He does not want any other gods put before Him? It bothers me deep within my being to read this story of Lakshmi. This village is full of people who think this little girl born with a defect can save them. I pray we can make it across the world to tell of the true living God so they will turn from their bulls, turn form the golden calves, and turn away from false gods.

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