Welcome back to our online bible study as we discuss Session Two from No Other Gods by Kelly Minter. This week we read about why we choose idols, why they appeal to us and why we’re unable to resist them. Each day we looked at the motivations for our false gods, as Kelly walked us through scripture. We saw how the Israelites depended on themselves rather than God, as they used His gifts and created their own gods. I wonder if we are still doing this today, two-thousand years later. Our God is a patient and forgiving God, as He leads us to find our identity in Christ. I thought it was fascinating the Israelites used their earrings to create a new god, while at the same time the were complaining they could not hear God. As a jewelry designer, there was just too much symbolism in this for me. They wore God’s gifts on their ears but not in their hearts. Carefully read these two verses:
- Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” Exodus 32:2-4 NIV
- Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 NIV
Kelly reached into our hearts when she asked us to identify sinful desires which obscure our identity in Christ. For me, it was a powerful bible study moment and an opportunity to pray. She then challenged us to examine our needs and our pain. Kelly writes “I cannot think of anything less satisfying, not to mention limiting, than having myself as the answer to everything.” Next week we’re going to discover the truth: behind every false god is a lie.
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Kelly Minter Quotes
- Many of us run to idols because we are convinced they will bring us what we need.
- If it all looks easy and doable, it doesn’t require faith.
- Whatever we fear is our god. Fear itself is not the god; the object of our fear is the god.
- Scripture has been tremendously effective in combatting my fears.
For Next Week
- Read Week Three in the workbook
- Join our Womens Bible Cafe Chat on Facebook
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- Which if the five causes- identity, need, pain, silence or fear- seems to be the root cause for your idols?
- What does it mean for you to have your identity in Christ rather than in idols?
- Describe a time God did not show up fast enough and you took matters into your own hands. (page 41)
- Share a favorite moment from this week’s study.