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The Pain of Idolatry

September 15: The Pain of Idolatry
Micah 1:1–3:12

Idolatry causes pain. If this truth were present in our minds each time we placed something before God, we would make different decisions. Micah’s account of the sins of Samaria makes this fact painfully and dramatically clear:
“So I [Yahweh] will make Samaria as a heap of rubble in the field, a place for planting a vineyard. And I will pour down her stones into the valley and uncover her foundations. Then all her idols will be broken in pieces, and all her prostitution wages will be burned in the fire, and all her idols I will make a desolation. For from the wage of a prostitute she gathered them, and to the wage of a prostitute they will return. On account of this I will lament and wail. I will go about barefoot and naked. I will make a lamentation like the jackals, and a mourning ceremony like the ostriches” (Mic 1:6–8).
Throughout this section, God and the prophet’s voices intermingle, a common occurrence in prophetic literature. Th…

Degrees of Sin

September 15, 2012

Degrees of Sin

I would rather someone be angry with me than murder me, but that doesn’t mean that anger isn’t a sin. It is. Jesus did not teach that there are any unimportant sins. On the contrary. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus went to the heart of overt sin—He showed that it began with an attitude that needed to be changed. For instance, He said: “You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ [22] “But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever shall say to his brother, ‘Raca,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever shall say, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.” (Matthew 5:21–22 NASB)

Anger is the seed of murder, it is where it begins. It isn’t unimportant. By itself it is a terrible sin, but it has the capacity to become a worse sin, it can end in death.

Jesus also said, “You …