2010-01-02 - Other People's Idols
The Ten Commandments, Part 8
Not only were the people not to make images, and bow down before them. This also means if they came across idols in other lands, they were not to bow down them either. When King Nebuchadnezzar - having built an image of gold to himself - commanded the Hebrew children to bow down to it, he received the following answer from three:
"Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up" (Daniel 3:16-18).
Unfortunately, the area of idol worship was one of ongoing failure during the history of the nation.
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