Today you should read: Ezekiel 28
“The Word of the LORD came to me:
“Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre, Thus says the Lord GOD: “Because your heart is proud, and you have said, ‘I am a god, I sit in the seat of the gods, in the heart of the seas,’ yet you are but a man, and no god, though you make your heart like the heart of a god- Ezekiel 28:1-2
These first couple verses sets up the rest of this chapter as God tells Isaiah to warn of the idols of the heart. He even mentions several idols such as wisdom, wealth, and beauty. It’s sort of surprising that these idols of the heart are mentioned here because most idolatry in the Old Testament are literal idols carved and molded by hand like the surrounding pagan cultures who worshipped many false gods. However, God knew that we would be able to take good gifts like money, knowledge, and appearance and turning into a god in our heart. We are all tempted with idolatry and to know what tempts our heart the most, Tim Keller once said…
“[An idol] is anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what only God can give.”
“A counterfeit god is anything so central and essential to your life that, should you lose it, your life would feel hardly worth living. An idol has such a controlling position in your heart that you can spend most of your passion and energy, your emotional and financial resources, on it without a second thought. It can be family and children, or career and making money, or achievement and critical acclaim, or saving ‘face’ and social standing. It can be a romantic relationship, peer approval, competence and skill, secure and comfortable circumstances, your beauty or your brains, a great political or social cause, your morality and virtue, or even success in the Christian ministry.”
After reading Tim Keller’s definition on idolatry, what type of items do you spend the most amount of energy and passion on? Are your heart’s affections on Christ or others? What do you spend your money on and what do you spend most of your money on? These proving thoughts and questions from Keller can reveal who is truly on the throne of your life.
Lastly, this chapter refers to king lyre in a comparison to satan’s fall in Genesis. Some scholars & commentaries believe that it is actually talking about Satan instead of just using the example. Either way we see how idolatry is what caused Satan to rebel and Adam to fall so make sure you shatter your idols now and repent of them.
Posted by: Erik Koliser