Dear children, keep yourselves from idols

ex2003Are  you in danger of being an idolater?

We can, of course, ask a question about who God is, but Scripture often firsts answers the question, how many gods are there? The most basic creed of the Old Testament is the cry, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one’ (Deut. 6:4). We need to remind ourselves of this because there are many things that that are wrongly valued as gods (1 Cor. 8:4-6), while the truth is that there is only one God who is both ‘living’ and ‘true’, as Jeremiah told the Israelites and Paul told the Thessalonians (Jer. 10:10; 1 Thess. 1:9).

But while God is limited in number, he is unlimited in his being and in all his perfections. Job and his friends were wrong about many things, but at least all of them understood that the depths of the divine Being cannot be sounded by any mere man; we we can hardly even grasp ‘the outer fringes of his works’ (Job 26:14; cf. Job 11:7-9).” (Chad Van Dixhoorn, Confessing the Faith, p. 30).

To have God, is to know and acknowledge that he is God, that he is one, that he is such a one as he has revealed himself in the church, and that he is also such a God to us: then it is to trust in him alone, with the greatest humility and patience—to submit ourselves to him with fear and reverence—to love him and to expect all good things from him alone.” (Ursinus, Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, p. 508).

(Quotes for Sunday’s bulletin and for the reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church, OPC. The message is on the First Commandment.)

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