SUNDAY, 18TH SEPTEMBER 2016
MEMORY VERSE: “For thou art great and doest wondrous things; thou art God alone.” – Psalm 86:10
BIBLE PASSAGE: Isaiah 43:10-15
10: Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
11: I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
12: I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.
13: Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?
14: Thus saith the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships.
15: I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.
INTRODUCTION: The name “GOD”, the derivation of which is uncertain, we give to the eternal, infinite, perfect, and incomprehensible Being, the Creator of all things, who preserves and governs all by His almighty power and wisdom, and is the only proper object of worship. The proper Hebrew name for God is ‘JEHOVAH’, which signifies ‘He is’. Hence, there is no one else beside our God.
- Only one God
- Idolatry is terribly dangerous
ONLY ONE GOD
The infallible scriptures confirm that there is only one God, great and marvelous in His deeds (Psalm 86:9-10; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:39). He is a fulfiller of promises, doing exceeding abundantly (Ephesians 3:20; 2Corinthians 9:8). He is able to subdue all things and keep His own to very end (Hebrews 7:25; Jude 24). He is full of compassion, long suffering, plenteous in mercy, truth, surest counsels (Psalm 86:15) and favour (Genesis 4:6-8; Luke 1:30). He is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient (Luke 1:37; Psalm 115:3; Psalm 139:7-13; Psalm 147:5) and sovereign (Psalm 29:10; Daniel 2:20-22).
IDOLATRY IS TERRIBLY DANGEROUS
Idolatry is simply the worship of a physical object as a god or immoderate attachment or devotion to something. As far as God is concerned, this is a sinful act and it is forbidden and very dangerous to do so too (Exodus 20:4; Leviticus 26:1; Deuteronomy 11:16; Isaiah 42:8; 1John 5:21). There are numerous such gods mentioned by various names in the days of the bible and in many nations and traditions of the world today: Ashtaroth, Baal, Baalpeor, Chemosh, Dagon Diana and Molech (Judges 2:13; 1Kings 16:32; Numbers 25:3; 2Kings 23:13; 1Samuel 5:2; Acts 19:24). Some have worshipped heavenly bodies, devil etc. (Deut 4:19; Hosea 4:19; Hosea 3:4). Unlike the Almighty God who is full of life, idols are inactive, perishable, helpless, highly degrading and, therefore, unworthy of worship (Deuter 4:28; Jeremiah 10:5; Acts 17:29; Romans 1:22-23).
- Justify with scriptures that there is only one God.
- How is idolatry dangerous?
Blessed Week With The Holy Spirit
Monday: Psalms 83: 18 – Give no allowance to fear and defeat
Tuesday: 1Chronicles 17: 20 – He is the unchangeable Lord
Wednesday: Psalms 44: 6-7 – Placing trust and confidence in anything besides God is mere suicide
Thursday: Mark 12: 29 – If Jesus said it, then no controversy
Friday: 1Corinthians 8: 4 – Get it right; an idol has no standing in this world
Saturday: Ephesians 4: 6 – God is supreme
Sunday: 1Timothy 2: 5 – Jesus alone mediates between us and the Almighty and not an idol or any form of it