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Carved Idol
A Season of Promises Fulfilled: Star in the East

Carved Idol


The Second Commandment clearly teaches us that we are not to have any idols. In the Old Testament times, idols were often carved or sculpted into a form that people could direct their attention to and worship.

A recent sermon reminded me that idols are created objects that are being misused. God designed them to declare glory to Himself. Yet people sinned and misdirected their worship from God to these objects.

Psalm 97:7 says, “All who serve carved images, those who boast in idols, will be put to shame. All the gods must worship Him.”

A clear example of a carved image worshiping Yahweh can be found in 1 Samuel 5. The Philistines captured the ark of God and brought it into the temple of Dagon. Yet Dagon’s statue fell prostate before the ark of the Lord each night. How embarrassing that a created idol recognized the splendor of the true Lord before the people did.

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A Season of Promises Fulfilled: Star in the East

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Last night my husband and I were able to attend a presentation called The Season of Lights at our local planetarium. Though the projector was old, making the images fuzzy, it was still an interesting narrative on how many of our December Holiday traditions began. Whether it was the celebration of the Star of Bethlehem, yule log, or Menorah, the presentation pointed out that most of our traditions revolve around light.

As Christians, we believe that the Star led the wise men to Jesus so that they could worship Him. Much ink has been spilled in an attempt to scientifically explain the phenomena that led to this unique star. But the simple truth is – we don’t know.

A profound truth – right? So what can we learn from the Star in the East?

When the light of Jesus is revealed to us, we are take action. Matthew chapter two contains the story of the wise men who have left their homes in pursuit of the King of the Jews. These men were not content to stay in their cities and hear about the birth of the Messiah second hand. They pursued the truth for themselves. Following the star was an act of faith.

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