God In The Old Testament

There is a constant theme of the presence of God in the Old Testament in which God attempts to show His people (the Israelites) His law and how to live by them. Idolatry, one of the largest problems amongst the Israelites in the old testament and many of the letters of Paul to the churches in the new testament are proof that this is an ongoing issue

Exodus is the second book of the Old Testament through which God’s fulfilment of promises to past generations are communicated. Moses, chosen by God to deliver the Israelites from Egypt begins the book. Once removed from Egypt, the Israelites proceed to mount Sinai where they enter into covenant with God; God and His people protected and provided for in order for them to inherit
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Jesus led a life of simplicity and encouraged us to look deep into our hearts and examine where our treasures lie. Again and again he exemplifies and confirms that idols are a sin against God as they do not bring all glory to Him .

An example of how this affected the churches of the New Testament can be found in Paul’s letters to the church of the Romans. Paul’s insightful letter to the Romans shows that although they knew god, they did not glorify Him or give thanks to Him and in doing so their unwise hearts became hardened. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie instilled in the images that they had created for themselves . This letter from Paul depicts an image common in today, that we are longing for God.

In addition to this, through Romans the law makes us aware of our sin and reveals the continued wickedness of the people a reminder that the commandments are current and a necessary act of love from
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It is like we need a constant reminder to take stock of where our time, money and ultimately hearts lie. In order to flee from idolatry, I must constantly be giving things to God and putting him first. Whether it be my thoughts, my finance, relationships, study, hobbies. All these things must be done to glorify God.

Partiularily I can point out a time in my life when a relationship took place of God and my heart became hardened as I slowly withdrew from Him. It was not until the relationship was gone that I had realized that I did not walk into the promise that God had for me in that time because He was not first in the situation.

Colossians 3:5 (NIV)
5Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.

In conclusion, it can be seen that idolatry is a sin that can be found among all peoples. Although it was evident in a more visual and incredibly tangible way in the Old Testament as the Israelites physically built false Idols, it is really not dissimilar at all to how we function in the contemporary

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