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#1.                  A Faithless People (Ex 32:1-29, 19:16-18, 20:2-4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2.                  Moses Broke the Two Stone Tables (Ex 32:15-16,19-20)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3.                  At the Mount of Transfiguration (Matt 17:9-20, John 6:70, Deut 18:15-19)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the First Epistle to the Corinthians, 1Cor 10:1 (2X). We have already spent two weeks in 1Cor 10, and today we have come only to verse 7. The reason for this is that God listed in this chapter various examples from OT history, and God said in verse 6, “Now these things were our examples.” Therefore we are obligated to look at each one of these examples, and see how the shoe fits. Let us read the first seven verses of 1Cor 10, and the key phrase is here:

1Co 10:1 ¶  Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

This is a strange sentence, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” Why would it be sinful and idolatrous to eat and drink and play? Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Exodus, Ex 32:6 (2X). We have here an event that took place a few months after the children of Israel were delivered from bondage out of Egypt. They wandered through the wilderness, and they arrived at Mount Sinai, where the law was given to Moses, and Moses relayed God’s words to the people. And while Moses was absent from them, for Moses was on the mountain with God for 40 days and 40 nights, the people committed abominable idolatry and whoredoms. We read in Ex 32:6,

Ex 32:6  And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.

Here is the reference for 1Cor 10:7. Now we understand that their sin was not that they were eating and drinking, but that they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings to their idols, and then proceeded to eat and drink and play as if there was nothing wrong with their worship. Let us now read this chapter to find out what their sin of idolatry was, and why that made God so angry. We read in Ex 32:1-29 about:

#1.                  A Faithless People (Ex 32:1-29, 19:16-18, 20:2-4)

Ex 32:1 ¶  And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me. And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD. And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play. And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves: They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation. And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand? Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever. And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people. And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written. And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables. And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp. And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I hear. And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount. And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it. And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them? And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief. For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf. And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies:) Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD’S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men. For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves to day to the LORD, even every man upon his son, and upon his brother; that he may bestow upon you a blessing this day.

And so, their idolatry was that they had abandoned Jehovah God and they were now worshipping a golden calf. What a ridiculous trade. And look at it now in perspective. Please turn a few pages to your left, to Ex 19:16 (2X). They committed this idolatry very soon after Jehovah God gave them the Ten Commandments. You remember that before God thundered down the Ten Commandments, God promised them that if they obey His voice, and keep His covenant, they would be to Him a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. And God followed up His words with frightening signs from heaven. We read in

Ex19:16-18 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.

They never heard a trumpet that was so loud, and they never saw those thunders and lightnings come out of the thick cloud that descended upon Mount Sinai, and they never saw a mountain that was on fire, and they never experienced an earthquake so great that the whole mountain quaked greatly. God made sure that they all, old and young, heard God’s voice. No one had an excuse. And yet, a few weeks after they had experienced this phenomenal display of God’s power they were ready to abandon this mighty Jehovah God and go back to Egypt. And God had addressed this sin very specifically in the beginning of His thundering down of the Ten Commandments. Look at the page on your right, Ex 20:2-4,

Ex 20:2-4  I am Jehovah thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

You see, there was no lack of information; there was no confusion of what was right and what was wrong. The children of Israel simply decided to do everything their own way. Please turn again to Ex 32 (2X). God was ready to disown the descendants of Jacob, and God said to Moses in Ex 32:7,

Ex 32:7 ¶  And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves:

    God called them “thy people”.    Moses, they are thy people, thy ungrateful and stiffnecked people.

What does it mean, “stiffnecked”? It means that they will not bow down to Jehovah God. It means that they always keep their necks straight and will not submit to the authority of God. And God was ready to destroy these people and raise up from Moses a new generation that would be more faithful than this generation. But Moses loved his brethren, even though they treated him poorly. Drop d. to V.11

Ex 32:11  And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?   (Moses gave God all the honor and the glory of bringing His people out of the land of Egypt.)

Moses pleaded for the lives of His fellow Israelites. And why did the Lord listen to Moses and why did the Lord not destroy the nation of Israel? God saw that this was the nature of man regardless who their honorable forefather was. Abraham was the friend of God, and God spoke to Moses mouth to mouth. But man has always the tendency to drift into idolatry, even the idolatry of a golden calf.

Let me digress here about the worship of a golden calf. When I first came into these United States as a student, I saw that it was a country that was rich in material goods. 85% of the people owned their own house. Many families had 5 or 6 children without any problem. Divorce was practically unheard of, except in Hollywood. But I also saw that it was a country that was devoted to serving God. The Bible was widely used and it was quoted even by presidents. Most people went to church every week. People were free to choose their own religion. Both Jews and Gentiles lived in peace with one another. And Sunday was a special day. Nobody worked on Sunday, except some police, and firefighters, and nurses, and Greyhound bus drivers. Even the great city of New York was closed on Sunday, except for a small contingent of Jewish merchants on Times Square. That was only 50 years ago. But then came the glitter and shine of the golden calf. Some people decided to work on Sunday to earn some extra income, for they got double pay on Sunday. Essentially they traded in their god for some gold on Sunday. Clearly they made the choice to serve the golden calf, rather than Almighty God who commanded their service on Sunday. Initially it was all voluntary. But gradually the business world caught on, and today it is no longer voluntary, nor is it double pay. Initially people got ahead financially by working on Sunday. But today, both man and women must work on Sunday, or else they cannot make ends meet. The business world now dictates that both husband and wife must work, or else you lose your house. What I have seen in these past 50 years is that America has become poorer. America has traded in the worship of God for the worship of the golden calf, and it turned out that the golden calf is a cruel task master. There are more homeless people now than there have ever been before. The wealth of this country is now centered around a smaller fraction of very wealthy people. But the majority of the middle class is now tottering on poverty level, because they have become very vulnerable to the cost of educating their children and medical expenses. And so, the worship of the golden calf has made America much poorer, both physically and spiritually. This is a trend which shall continue, for there is no return possible. Once you worship the golden calf, God will abandon you. And God will not choose to return to you.

#2.                  Moses Broke the Two Stone Tables (Ex 32:15-16,19-20)

This was no incidental matter, for the two tables were the work of God. We read in Ex 32:15-16,

Ex 32:15 And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written. And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.

These two tables of stone represented the law of God. Nothing was allowed to interfere with the law of God. The breaking of the law by Moses does not represent the work of Christ on the cross, for the sin of idolatry was not forgiven. The Israelites still had to endure the wrath of God on account of their sin. Instead we must see the breaking of the law as the sin of Moses, for sin is the transgression of the law. What was Moses’ sin? Let us read about Moses’ sin here in Ex 32:19-20,

Ex 32:19-20  And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount. And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.

And so, what was Moses’ sin? The only sin we can see here is Moses’ anger. Even though it was a righteous anger, people cannot be angry and sin not. Only God can do that. Moses was so angry that he could not control himself. We can see this clearly here, for Moses threw the two stone tables out of his hands. But these two tables did not belong to Moses, but to God, for God made them.

But let us now look a little further. The two tables also represent the Word of God, the Bible, for God wrote the Bible using human hands. And Who is represented by the Word of God? The man Christ Jesus, for the man Christ Jesus also had a beginning in the womb of the Virgin Mary. The incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ by uniting God the Son with the man Christ Jesus was the work of God. Did Christ actually have to be broken by human hands? No! Not a bone of Him was allowed to be broken. But at the Last Supper the Lord Jesus said, “This is my body which is broken for you.” He did not refer to the physical breaking of His body, but to a spiritual breaking of His body, which was done by God rather than by man. And thus, in the word picture that God created before our eyes Moses was representing God, who spiritually broke the body of Christ at the death of Christ on the cross. This is why the two tables had to be broken by Moses. And here again we see God’s fulfilling of prophecy by working through the sin of man. But Christ did not stay dead. He was made alive again. Let us now read about:

Please turn a few pages to your right to chapter 34 in Exodus, Ex 34:1 (2X). There we read,

Ex 34:1 ¶  And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.

Even though God said, “I will write upon these tables the words”, when we continue to read we notice one difference with the first set of tables: The first set was made by God, and the second set was made by Moses. The incarnation of Christ was entirely the work of God, but the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ was the work of Christ as well as the work of God. The Bible tells us in Acts 13:30 that “God has raised Him from the dead”, but the Lord Jesus also told us in John 10:18, “No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.” Now Ex 34:4-10,

Ex 34:4-10 And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone. And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped. And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance. And he said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the LORD: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee.

What did God show us here? God showed us the Gospel of His atonement for our sins. He said in verse 7, “Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty.” That is true. He will by no means clear the guilty. Every sin must be paid, for the righteousness of God as the Judge demands that every sin must be paid in full. Thus it is impossible that people pay for their own sins by incineration, for that would not be a full payment. Man cannot make a full satisfaction for his sins, only Christ can do that for us on our behalf. But verse 7 also declares that for those who remain unsaved God says that He is “visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.” Then in verse 9 Moses pleads with God “to take us for Thine inheritance.” What was God’s answer to that request? God says, “Behold I make a covenant” and the covenant of grace that God was speaking about refers to taking us for His inheritance. When God speaks in verse 10 about “thy people”, and about “all the people among which thou art”, God was not referring to the nation of Israel, for with most of them God was not well pleased, but God was referring to His elect whom He had chosen from before the foundation of the world. The elect are the people where Moses belonged. Please drop down to verse 27, Ex 34:27,

Ex 34:27  And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.

Ex 34:28 ¶  And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.

Again God mentioned His covenant of grace. Please turn in your Bibles to the Second Epistle to the Corinthians, 2Cor 3:6 (2X). Now, when we think of the covenant, we must be careful not to make God into an Ogre. Most idolatry begins with a false concept of God. We may never hold a doctrine that turns God into a deceiver, or an evil giant like an ogre. Therefore let us read 2Cor 3:6-11 very carefully.

2Co 3:6-11 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

We must harmonize this passage with any concept of the covenant of grace that we hold. When we believe that the old covenant was God’s commandments in the OT time, and the new covenant, the covenant of grace, is God’s Word in the NT time, then we have conceived of a god who is an evil giant. If this were true, then God’s commandments were the ministration of death. It is as if God gave the Ten Commandments so that people would obey these commandments and thereby they would condemn themselves by their obedience. This would turn God into a great deceiver, or an evil giant. That cannot be right. The old covenant is a covenant of works. If people believe that their obedience to the law of God, either the moral law or the ceremonial law, earns them the right to go to heaven, that is the old covenant, and it does not matter if they live in the NT time or in the OT time. The new covenant is God’s last will and testament, written by Christ before the foundation of the world, which is the covenant of grace whereby people are saved by grace because their names were written on the list of beneficiaries of God’s last will and testament. This is not based on any obedience whatsoever, for Christ has paid the full price for all our disobediences whatsoever. This is the only way we can harmonize all the verses dealing with the covenant of grace. If by grace, then it is fully by grace, otherwise grace is not grace.

#3.                  At the Mount of Transfiguration (Matt 17:9-20, John 6:70, Deut 18:15-19)

Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 17:9 (2X). Let us now compare the scene at Mount Sinai with the scene at the Mount of Transfiguration, for there are many similarities between these two scenes. As you know, the Lord Jesus took with Him Peter, James, and John, the youngest of the apostles, up into a mountain to pray, and there He was transfigured before them. Then two men appeared, also in glory, which were Moses and Elijah, who spoke with the Lord Jesus about His crucifixion which He should accomplish at Jerusalem. Moses and Elijah had much at stake in that crucifixion, for they were in heaven conditionally. Then a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him.” It was the primary purpose for this event that the disciples heard the voice of God the Father, and that the Lord Jesus received the encouragement from Moses and Elijah for His impending crucifixion. Now in Matt 17:9-20,

Mt 17:9-20  And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead. And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist. And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

How do we explain the surprising statement of the Lord Jesus in verse 17, “O faithless and perverse generation”? He said this not only of the multitude, but also of the nine disciples He had left with them there. That is a surprising statement of the Lord Jesus for eight of the nine disciples there at the foot of the mountain. We do not know how long the Lord Jesus was there in the mountain with Peter, James and John, but it must have been quite a while. God had left the NT church without a head at the foot of the mountain. Likewise in Ex 32, God had left the OT church without a head at the foot of Mount Sinai. And when we compare the two congregations at the foot of the mountain we now can understand the outburst of the Lord Jesus, “O faithless and perverse generation”. By this He was not referring to eight of His nine disciples, but to the multitude dancing around the golden calf at the foot of Mount Sinai. Eight of His nine disciples were absolutely saved individuals, for Jesus said in John 6:70, “Have I not chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? When we compare the two congregations at the foot of the mountain we find that Satan was ruling in most of them. The absence of Christ at the Mount of Transfiguration, and the absence of Moses at Mount Sinai is the opportunity seized by Satan to bring man under his control. In the one case it is the nation of Israel who becomes for the greater part his slave, and in the other case it is the boy who is possessed by the devil and becomes his wretched slave. In both cases the devil is forcibly cast out, either by Moses and the Levites who are on his side, killing 3000 of their fellow Israelites, or it is by the power of Jesus that the devil is cast out. In both cases the head of the church is meeting with someone representing the Word of God. Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Deuteronomy, Deut 18:15 (2X). In the NT the Lord Jesus met with Moses and Elijah, representing the Law and the Prophets. Together the Law and the Prophets identify with the Word of God, the Bible. In the OT Moses met the Lord Jesus Christ on Mount Sinai, for it was Christ whom he first met speaking from the burning bush. Then Moses conveyed this information to the children of Israel:

De 18:15-19 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.

The Prophet from the midst of thee refers to the Lord Jesus Christ, who was sent by the Father, but who also was raised from among them. Let us now return to the prophecy of Exodus, Ex 32:5 (2X).

Aaron made the golden calf. Then he worshipped his own craftsmanship. We read in Ex 32:5,

Ex 32:5  And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD.

This is going on today in many churches as ever before. Not content with substituting a false god for the true God, they must now cover up their wickedness under the cloak of religion. An altar is now erected. Man ever seeks to hide the shame of his idolatry by putting over it the name of a deity. Therefore the next thing that Aaron did was to proclaim a feast unto the Lord Jehovah. This is the prototype of what is going on everywhere in Christendom. Men have set up their idols, and then sought to dignify and sanctify their inventions by worshipping them in the name of Christ. But God says in Pr 4,

Pr 4:19  The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Indeed, they know not how great their insult of God is. The sad thing is that the masses of unsaved people think that this is all legitimate. Those to whom we aught to witness are being deceived by what we do. God sums it up in Psalm 106:19-21, where He said,

Ps 106:19  They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image.

Ps 106:20  Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass.

Ps 106:21  They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt;

Let us pray to God that we will be spared from worshipping false gods which pour out of our minds. Pray to God that He will keep us faithful, for it is so easy to go astray. It is so easy to conceive of a god who is not the God of the Bible, for the God of the Bible is greater and much more wonderful than we could ask or think.                AMEN.                        Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.