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Wednesday, April 3 2019
A Bible Journey, 165: The Images Of Their Own Eyes
"Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes"
The English-language word "idol" originated from a Latin word, idolum, that meant an image, or a reflection of one's self. Narcissism ("An exceptional interest in and admiration for yourself") is a blatant manifestation of idolatry.
"Idol" is used to translate the Hebrew root word, pronounced maw-har, that meant an empty vessel i.e. something that is merely seen, an image to imagine something by, but which is hollow, vain and lifeless inside.
Those called by the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) to be the basis of "Israel" (most of the promises were made to "Israel" were actually made to Abraham before any Israelites, one line of the descendants of Abraham, even existed; see the Fact Finder question below) were commanded to put away their idols.
Abraham was raised in a house of idolatry. Jacob, who the LORD renamed as Israel, began his family in a house of idols. Abraham and Jacob both came out of that "Babylon."
"24:2 And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods. 24:3 And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood." (Joshua 24:2-3 KJV)
The Israelites originated from the people of the nations all around them (see Flesh And Blood: The Ancestors Of Israel). "Israel" was to have been a prophetic object-lesson of how the Kingdom of God will be inhabited by native-born children of God from all nations who have "come out" of the ways of the carnal world (see Why Jesus Christ Created Israel and A Bible Journey, 159: Who Knows The Way To The Land Of Milk And Honey? and What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?).
"12:1 These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth. 12:2 Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree: 12:3 And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place." (Deuteronomy 12:1-3 KJV)
The people of the LORD are not to worship and follow Him in Name only by vainly basing their "Christianity" on themselves. The Messiah gave a stark warning to what is coming to those who use Him to worship themselves (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
"7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matthew 7:21-23 KJV)
The ancient Israelites were a living prophecy of the whole world coming out of idolatry (see A Bible Journey, 146: The Prophecies Of The Latter Season).
"12:4 Ye shall not do so unto the LORD your God. 12:5 But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come: 12:6 And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks: 12:7 And there ye shall eat before the LORD your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee." (Deuteronomy 12:4-7 KJV)
Humans have claimed many "rights" for and by themselves, but nothing is "right" if the LORD says it is wrong: "Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes" (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy).
"12:8 Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes. 12:9 For ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which the LORD your God giveth you. 12:10 But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety; 12:11 Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD: 12:12 And ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God, ye, and your sons, and your daughters, and your menservants, and your maidservants, and the Levite that is within your gates; forasmuch as he hath no part nor inheritance with you. 12:13 Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt offerings in every place that thou seest: 12:14 But in the place which the LORD shall choose in one of thy tribes, there thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, and there thou shalt do all that I command thee.
Fact Finder: Why was the "Promised Land" prophecy made first to Noah and then to Abraham?
This Day In History
This Day In History, April 3
503 BC: As stated on the Fasti Triumphales (stone tablets that were once erected in the Roman Forum), Roman consul Publius Postumius Tubertus celebrated a military victory over the Sabines (see also The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus and The Roman Republic and The Roman Empire; also Send In The Marines).
686: Maya king of the Kaan kingdom Yuknoom Yich'aak K'ahk' assumed the throne of Calakmul.
1043: Edward the Confessor was crowned the King of England.
1531: Martin Luther was excommunicated by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (Luther was condemned by the Emperor, not the Pope; see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) at the Diet (the term for a legislative assembly in some countries) of Worms ("Worms" is the English rendering of Vorms, a city in Germany).
1559: Philip II of Spain and Henry II of France signed the Treaty of Cateau-Cambresis in France, ending nearly 60 years of war.
1721: Sir Robert Walpole was appointed first lord of the treasury and chancellor of the exchequer, effectively Britain's first Prime Minister.
1756: The Marquis de Montcalm sailed from France for Canada, where he would later die at the Battle of The Plains of Abraham (a battle that decided Canada's political future, which up to that time had been contested between Britain and France). The British commander, General James Wolfe, was also killed in the battle, near Quebec City on September 13 1759.
1882: The U.S. frontier criminal (gang leader, bank and train robber, murderer) Jesse James was killed by a member of his own outlaw gang, Robert Ford.
1885: Gottlieb Daimler was granted a German patent for his engine design.
1922: Joseph Stalin was appointed as the first General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
1930: Ras Tafari was proclaimed Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia.
1933: Royal Air Force Lt. David McIntyre and the Scottish Marquess of Clydesdale, flying 2 open-cockpit Westland aircraft, completed the first overflight and aerial photographic survey of Mount Everest.
1936: Bruno Hauptmann, convicted kidnapper and killer of aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh's infant son, was executed.
1949: Transjordan signed an armistice with Israel (which was actually the return of the southern kingdom of Judah; see The Southern Kingdom and The Gathering of Israel and Judah) that had become an independent nation (again) the year before (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1968: Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech. It was his last; King was assassinated the next day by James Earl Ray, a U.S. Army veteran and escaped felon with convictions for burglary, armed robbery and mail fraud.
1969: U.S. Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announced that the U.S. would start to "Vietnamize" the war effort (the Vietnam War was actually a civil war of the Vietnamese people whose nation had been divided into South and South by imperial France and the U.S. in the 1940s and 1950s).
1996: Theodore Kaczynski was arrested in Montana as the terrorist "Unabomber."
1996: Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and all 29 passengers and 6 crew were killed when a U.S. government aircraft crashed in Croatia.
2000: Microsoft was ruled to have violated U.S. antitrust laws by keeping "an oppressive thumb" on its competitors.