Monday, January 26, 2015

Tearing Down Altars, but Where are They?

Today, our pastor, Fred Schuckert, preached about Gideon in Judges 6-8.  Right after G^d calls Gideon to defend Israel, He calls on Gideon to tear down the altars to Baal, belonging to his father, Joash.

IN case you missed it:
  • Joash is Gideon's father, a Jew.
  • Gideon is therefore tearing down pagan altars built my G^d's own people.
  • If you read carefully , it took Gideon, ten men and two bulls, to do the destruction.  These must have been some major altars.

As Fred noted, this happens even today. We, we Christians, build pagan altars.  G^d clearly prohibits this, but we conveniently ignore His commands because... we lapse back into sin.

I do this, and perhaps so do you.

I can gin-up a pretty substantial altar to things like:
Materialism- stuff

Like Gideon's Israel- to be victorious, we must FIRST tear down these altars.   Like Gideon, these may be substantial and we may need help tearing them down.  Just another reason we are called together in the CHURCH.

Happy Destroying!

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