Name: John Shisler
Course and Section Number: BIBL 105-D23
The prophets of the Old Testament had a lot to say about many different subjects. Idolatry, social injustice, and religious ritualism were just a few of them. While they also talked about the future coming of Jesus and what God wanted from His people, the prophets were never shy to let their feelings known on these subjects. Many of these teachings can still be applied today.
There is no need to wait for the prophets to learn exactly how God felt about idolatry. The First Commandment states, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; / you shall have no other gods before me. / You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth”1. God made it explicitly clear here that He does not want His people to have false idols or worship anything else over Him. The prophets likely used this as a guide in their teachings about idolatry. Jonah made this point clear, stating, “Those who worship vain idols forsake their true loyalty”2. It is obvious in this teaching that the loyalty Jonah was talking about was loyalty to God. If God’s people give up their loyalty to God, they cannot expect to receive the tools they need to overcome their trials and tribulations. Without showing loyalty to God do not expect to receive His love and protection. While many in society today may not realize it, they are worshipping a false idol. Many people worship what is sometimes referred to as “the Almighty Dollar”. This is a sad state of affairs for society. Because of this worship and counting on something other than God, many people are losing their way and also losing the gifts that God bestows upon His people. This is not a path anyone should want to go down. The discussion of social injustice can again start with the Ten Commandments. The...
Bibliography: Hindson, Edward E., and Yates, Gary E. The Essence of the Old Testament: A Survey. Nashville, Tenn.: B & H Academic, 2012.
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