This Bible study is about Loving God first and foremost in our life!   When our life is in bunches we can only choose to love and worship one thing at a time!  Make God a priority!
*Ashly P Ash

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Read Exodus 32: 1-30

 –          When did the Israelite’s decide to build an idol?

 –          Think of idols that may arise in your life, or things you may struggle with/against.  Are they linked at the root to a time you felt God delayed?  (Delayed in answering a need, a fear, or a time you felt utterly alone in a certain area?)

 –          Note in V. 2. when creating an idol it TAKES AWAY from us!  It does not ever add to our life or give us what we think it can!  What idols can we face today, and what do we think they can do for us vs. what they actually do?

 

IDOL                                            LIE WE BELIEVE                             TRUTH

1. Ex. Money above God                  Security                                                Worry, Fatigue, Anxiety

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 –          V. 5 – Sometimes when we realize we are doing something wrong we will try to justify it by twisting the truth.  Using the examples above what are some ways that we can in our mind try to justify using them as idols?   

IDOL                                            LIE WE BELIEVE                             TRUTH

1.  Ex. Money above God     God wants me to provide                God is our provider

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 –          What was Moses’ response to God’s wrath and desire to destroy the Israelites?

 –          God promised to make Moses a great nation after he destroyed the Israelites, what words describe Moses’ rejection of this plan?

 –          Do you think Jesus intercedes in this way for us?  (Think of Him being tempted in the wilderness and offered all the kingdoms by Satan, yet He refused!)

 –          Do we intercede for others in this way, placing their good before our own (in love)?

 (CRefrence Note:  Numbers 5:11-31 an unfaithful wife is made to drink dust, Zondervan Bible Commentary links these together with the picture being the Israelites were like the unfaithful wife and made to drink the dust of their idol…)

 –          When Aaron is confronted by Moses how does he respond?  When God confronts us with something how do we respond?  (Think of Psalm 139, we cannot hide from ourselves or from God!)

 –          Just as Moses drew a line for those on the Lord’s side, Jesus also drew a line asking who was on Mercy’s side?  How does it feel to know that we are on the Mercy “side of the line” because Jesus went and made atonement for us and not by anything that we could do?

 WHAT IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT THE NEW TESTAMENT SAYS ABOUT IDOLS?

                Colossians 3:4-14 – “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.[b] You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

  • (Dictionary Note: Scythian = Savage/Barbarian)

–          Do these verses describe some changes you have made in your life?

 –          How do we put off the “old self” and put on the “new self”?

Matthew 22:34-40 – “34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”  37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[c] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

–          What idols have we made in our life? 

–          What attitudes or mindsets do we have that are not subjected to God? 

–          Is there anything we place above God?


CHALLENGE:  Ask God to show you any areas of faulty thinking.  Allow Him to show you where it stems from that you may seek forgiveness but also receive guidance from the Holy Spirit to “rewire” a new and holy thought process and attitude towards the situation.

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