The Lord is getting serious now, NO OTHER GODS… it is as if the Lord is shouting His command this time.
If a prophet tries to lead you to other gods… Say ‘NO’ and rid the land of him/her.
If a close family member or friend –child, sibling, close friend –tries to lead you away from the Lord to other gods… Say ‘NO’ and rid the land of him/her.
If a town follows other gods… DO NOT JOIN THEM, rid the land of them and all their possessions and livestock, destroy the town and never build there again.
The Lord is speaking one of His most strict words… there is no getting around this one. Follow the Lord and only Him or else.
I was particularly intrigued by the comment regarding prophets, verses 1-4: If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The LORD your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.
It struck me; we are always to follow the Lord and never signs, even miracles. Signs and miracles can be counterfeited! Now the Lord does give signs or miracles many times, but we DON’T ever follow the sign or miracle, we follow and obey the Lord.
I am all for a confirming witness, but the clear teaching of God’s Word is ALWAYS the best foundation upon which to build our lives.
Thank You, Jesus, for this great reminder today. I love You, Lord, and I devote my life to loving, serving and obeying You and You alone. Through Your name, Jesus, I pray. Amen.