What is Idolatry? Idolatry is reverencing a person or thing, an idol. Read this article to find out more. Idolatry can take on many forms, like the common statues to the lesser recognized Christmas Tree spoken of in Jeremiah 10:1. Jeremiah 10:3-8 “For the customs of the people are vain: for one cuts a tree out of the forest… they deck it with silver and gold… the stock (tree) is a doctrine of vanities”.
Throughout Scripture God commands against idolatry. Why? When people worship or venerate an idol, they are putting the idol before God. They are worshiping their own creation over the Creator whether it be a murder weapon, like a cross or an actual statue. We know exactly how this makes God feel because he told us!
“You shall not make to you any graven image… You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve/worship them: for I the LORD your God am a jealous God…” Exodus 20:4-5
Worshiping idols makes God jealous!
How can we relate? Anyone in a committed relationship understands that when someone goes behind your back to someone else, you will become jealous. Adultery causes pain, anger and jealousy. Guess what? Idolatry is adultery against God! God spoke of the adultery that the land or people of Israel have committed against him.
“…when… backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also… through the lightness of her whoredoms, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and stocks (sticks/idols).” Jeremiah 3:8-9
Idolatry is adultery against God!