Tuesday, December 19, 2023

December 19, 2023

We all do our best to try and follow God's Commands, but certain ones make me think I need to clean out my house. Idols or images. I have metal and ceramic statues and paintings of animals and art that I find very lovely. Most of these were inherited. Not only those replicas and images but also nativity scenes set up in my home during this season, which depict both people and animals. Should they stay, or should they go? I've never felt the pressure of the Holy Spirit on that point of the law until yesterday when I thought I had found the missing piece, the angel, of a nativity set that I bought at the Goodwill last year; but before I got it in my car, I broke the wing off. We don't worship these images; they are just artwork. Does that count? Hmm.

When Jesus went to the cross to bear our sins, he bore the law's curses. Even though Jesus covered that law with his blood, is it still a sin to have these images? Am I heaping more sin on the back of Jesus by not trying to follow every jot and tittle of the law? Is it works to even try and follow the law? Then there's the verse that says, "Faith without works is dead." Ugh! This question may be for my very knowledgeable pastor. I won't fret over it right now because of Jesus, but still, I want to do my best to please God with my actions. What are your thoughts?

Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen. Deuteronomy 27:15

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