Sabbath; June 14, 2008. 

Exodus 20:3, Part 1 of 2.

The Bible alone clearly teaches

that God’s first commandment by itself:

(1.) forbids having dead, literal, and idolatrously false “gods;” and/or

(2.) forbids having literal and highly visible “idols;” and/or

(3.) forbids the openly idolatrous lie or the falsehood of “idolatry;” and/or

(4.) forbids the idolatrously false thinking, which holds and asserts that the

only living, infinite, invisible, sinless, and Eternal “Godhead”

is “like unto” “gold,” or “silver,” or “stone,” or is “like unto”

some other type of dead, finite, visible, corrupt, and material objects,

graven by art and man’s device.”
 

      Our Father in Heaven, we respectfully ask for Your Holy Spirit to enable those who are living in the hope of being Judged by You and found to be Your true children and/or found to be the true “offspring of God” [Acts 17:29] to understand and to act upon the understanding as to what constitutes dead, literal, and idolatrously false “gods” [Exodus 20:3; 1 Chronicles 16:26]; and/or as to what constitutes literal and highly visible “idols” [1 Chronicles 16:26]; and/or as to what constitutes open “idolatry” [Acts 17:16, 29-31] in and of itself--before it is forever too late. In the already forever holy and sacred name of Jesus, our risen Lord God and our living Saviour, we pray. Amen.

      “3 Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. . . 23 Ye shall not make with Me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.” --- Exodus 20:3, 23.

      “26 . . . . all the gods of the people are idols . . . .” --- 1 Chronicles 16:26.

      “16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. . . 29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. 30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent [i.e., to repent of the open sin of open idolatry and its many other related and open sins]: 31 Because He hath appointed a day [i.e., and/or because God the Father hath appointed the day of the Lord], in the which He will Judge the world in righteousness by that Man [i.e., and/or by Jesus Christ] whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He [i.e., and/or in that God the Father] hath raised Him [i.e., hath raised the Lord God Jesus Christ] from the dead.” --- Acts 17:16, 29-31. Bracketed notes supplied.

 

 Conclusion: 

     Therefore, God cannot be likened to forms of man’s devising or to forms thus “graven by” the always idolatrously false and the always merely so-called Christian “art” and “device” of man; because such dead, finite, visible, corrupt, and material forms of openly idolatrous “art” can not, in the faintest sense, represent the glory or the honor of any One of the living, infinite, invisible, sinless, and Eternal “Godhead.” Acts 17:16, 29-31. In reality, they dishonor Him by being a visible manifestation of the open rejection of His Word, and by more; because, understandably, to all but the impenitent, wicked, and/or openly heathen, all such dead, finite, visible, corrupt, and material forms of openly idolatrous “art” always openly dishonors God in that they always fraudulently represent or misrepresent the living, infinite, invisible, sinless, and Eternal “Godhead;” and because all such dead, finite, visible, corrupt, and material forms of openly idolatrous “art” have no life--they are dead. Acts 17:16, 29-31. In point of fact, again, they are without life, they are dead; and, thus, directly opposite of the living and openly Christian religion of the living, infinite, invisible, sinless, and Eternal “Godhead,” is the dead, cunningly disguised, but yet openly idolatrous, and/or openly heathen religion of Satan, whose object it is to deceive people into dishonoring the living, infinite, invisible, sinless, and Eternal “Godhead.” Acts 17:16, 29-31. Therefore, as history reveals, it is a fundamental and wicked principle of Satan’s hidden religion of heathenism, even hidden in a professing religious guise, and even more hidden in a professing Christian guise, that historically it always promotes the deification of that which is dead, or that historically it always promotes the use of some type of dead, finite, visible, corrupt, and material object to supposedly be a true representation of the only living, infinite, invisible, sinless, and Eternal “Godhead.” Acts 17:16, 29-31.

      Therefore, any dead, finite, visible, corrupt, and “graven image” or dead statue made to supposedly represent One of the living, infinite, invisible, sinless, and Eternal “Godhead;” any dead, finite, visible, corrupt, and so-called “likeness” or dead picture made to supposedly represent One of the living, infinite, invisible, sinless, and Eternal “Godhead;” and/or any dead, finite, visible, corrupt, “forbidden,” and so-called “similitude” made to supposedly represent One of the living, infinite, invisible, sinless, and Eternal “Godhead” are always made from some type of dead, finite, visible, corrupt, and material objects that are “graven by” the always idolatrously false and always merely so-called Christian “art” and “device” of man; and, therefore, they can not possibly represent the glory or the honor of any One of the “Godhead,” but, in fact, they do dishonor God, they do misrepresent God, and they do represent an “other” “god,” even the “god of this world,” or even Satan himself. See 2 Corinthians 4:1-4; James 2:10-26; Exodus 20:3-4, 23; Malachi 3:16; Deuteronomy 4:12-28; 6:14; 1 Chronicles 16:26; Exodus 20:3-4, 23; 1 Chronicles 16:26; and Acts 17:26, 29-31.

      Therefore, lest they need to “repent” of hidden heathenism, and/or lest they need to “repent” of the deadly disease and plague of “idolatry,” the “offspring of God” are not even to “think” [i.e., let alone act upon the idolatrously false thought], which idolatrously holds and asserts that any One of the living, infinite, invisible, sinless, and Eternal “Godhead” is “like unto” “gold,” or “silver,” or “stone,” or is “like unto” any other type of dead, finite, visible, corrupt, and material object “graven by art and man's device.” Acts 17:16, 29-31.

      A heathen is not a Christian; and, no matter what any fallen people think, an impenitent and open heathen, who is supposedly hidden in a professing Christian guise, is not a penitent and open Christian. Therefore, although one Bible quotation or one hundred Bible quotations that reveal open “idolatry” and/or that reveal open heathenism will predictably and understandably never be enough for the impenitent, lost, wicked, foolishly proud, self-inflated, and self-exalted “heathen” [Obadiah 1:3-4; 25-26; Psalms 135:15-18; 1 Chronicles 16:26; Psalms 115:2-8; 119:126, 137-138, 142, 172], who are supposedly hidden in a professing Christian guise, in fact, just three clear Bible quotations, Exodus 20:3, 23; 1 Chronicles 16:26; and Acts 17:16, 29-31, should be all that the penitent and Christian “offspring of God” need and require to understand and to act upon what the Bible itself clearly teaches about God’s first commandment forbiddings: (1.) against having historically literal and idolatrously false “gods;” and/or (2.) against having historically literal and highly visible “idols;” and/or (3.) against the openly idolatrous lie or the open falsehood of “idolatry,” which includes even the idolatrously false thinking [i.e., let alone acting upon this idolatrously false thinking] that idolatrously holds and thus sinfully asserts that the living, infinite, invisible, sinless, and Eternal “Godhead” is “like unto” “gold,” or “silver,” or “stone,” or is “like unto” some other type of dead, finite, visible, corrupt, and material object, “graven by art and man’s device.” Exodus 20:3, 23; 1 Chronicles 16:26; and Acts 17:16, 29-31.

      “16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. . . 29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.” --- Acts 17:16, 29.

      Therefore, if a person or if a people even “think” that the living, infinite, invisible, sinless, and Eternal “Godhead” is “like unto” “gold,” or “silver,” or “stone,” or is “like unto” some other type of dead, finite, visible, corrupt, and material object, “graven by” so-called Christian “art and man's device;”--then, that idolatrous person or that idolatrous people are most definitely not Christian nor are they the “offspring of God.” Acts 17:16, 29. And it does not matter how much they seek to justify, excuse, and falsely cloak over putting their idolatrous thoughts into tangible form so they can see them by making and thus by having a forbidden “graven image” or a dead statue [Exodus 20:3-4; James 2:10-26], by making and thus by having a forbidden “likeness” or a dead picture [Exodus 20:3-4; James 2:10-26], and/or by making and thus by having a “forbidden” and dead “similitude” [Malachi 3:6; Deuteronomy 4:12-28; 6:14-15; Hebrews 13:8] of any One of the living “Godhead” “graven by” so-called Christian “art and man’s device.” Acts 17:16, 29-31. And it does not matter how much they thus beguilingly self-inflate or hypnotically self-exalt. And it does not matter how much they thus beguilingly boast or hypnotically pretend. And it does not matter how much they thus self-righteously preach, publish, and cry out. And it does not matter therefore how great their openly idolatrous numbers are, or what great mass of professing Christians they claim to be; because, the revealed Judgment of the “Godhead” in regards to the “offspring of God,” as found in Acts 17:16, 29-31, in particular, and thus the revealed Judgment of the “Godhead,” as found in the Bible itself in regards to the “offspring of God” [Acts 17:29], on the one side, and the revealed Judgment of the “Godhead” in regards to Satan’s openly idolatrous children of disobedience, on the other side, and therefore the revealed Judgment of the “Godhead” in regards to their open “idolatry” and its historically manifest products of literal, highly visible, and idolatrously false “gods” and/or of literal, highly visible, and idolatrous “idols,”--is the revealed Judgment of a majority of One. Period. Remember Exodus 20:3, 23; 1 Chronicles 16:26; and Acts 17:16, 29-31.

      And, yet, there is so very much more.

      Our Father in Heaven, we thank You and we thank Your Son for the fact: (1.) that the Lord Jesus is our risen Saviour and our living God; (2.) that we serve a living and Eternal “Godhead” [Acts 17:16, 29-31]; and (3.) that we need not be lost to Satan’s “art” and “device” of open “idolatry” and/or open heathenism, nor need we be lost to his human host’s “art” and “device” of open “idolatry” and/or open heathenism, which historically always associates that which is dead with deity.--thus, thank You for Exodus 20:3, 23; 1 Chronicles 16:26; Psalms 135:15-18; 1 Chronicles 16:26; Psalms 115:2-8; 119:126, 137-138, 142, 172; 1 Chronicles 16:26; Exodus 20:3, 23; 1 Chronicles 16:26; Acts 17:16, 29-31; and Revelation 22:14-15.
    Therefore, in the perilous times of these last days, which are predictably filled with open idolatry and/or with open heathenism in a professing Christian guise, we close this prayer with this much needed and Scriptural request, “Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen [i.e., and/or deliver us from the openly idolatrous; tragically and foolishly impenitent; lost; wickedly proud; self-inflated; self-exalted; great mass of open idolaters and/or of the openly heathen in a professing Christian guise], that we may give thanks to Thy holy name, and glory in Thy praise.” 1 Chronicles 16:35. May Your will be done individual by individual. May Your Holy Spirit edit this prayer to make it perfect in its intent to strengthen, encourage, and faithfully warn Your penitent and openly Christian people, who are those You will Judge and find to be the genuinely penitent and the true “offspring of God” [Acts 17:16, 29-31], and who stand in direct contrast to Satan’s openly sinning, tragically and foolishly impenitent, ignorantly lost, wickedly proud, self-inflated, self-exalted great mass of openly heathen people in a professing Christian guise. Therefore, may Your Holy Spirit edit this prayer to make it perfect in Biblically and decidedly expressing these matters, and to also make it perfect to therefore be respectfully placed before Your Throne. Gratefully, in the already forever holy and sacred name of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord God and our living Saviour, we pray. Amen.

 Your friend and brother in Christ,

 Michael O. Hodges

Pastor Michael O. Hodges
FORERUNNER, self-supporting ministries
Home Church (since 1983)
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