Exodus 34: God Deserves All Our Praise
In Exodus 34, there are some pretty strong words about the false idols and what you need to do when you find them.
Exo 34:12 Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:
Exo 34:13 But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:
Exo 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
Exo 34:15 Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice;
Exo 34:16 And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods.
Exo 34:17 Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.
At first, it seems kind of odd that God is described as jealous. After all, we are told not to covet and be jealous here on earth. What exactly is going on here?
When you think about our jealousy, we generally feel like there is something we want that we don’t have. However, we are coming from a place of wanting something that someone else has that we don’t necessarily need. Perhaps we feel entitled to have something, so we wonder why certain people have things that we don’t have.
When God says that He is jealous, I see it more as a deserving thing. He deserves to have all of our praise as the Creator of everything. When we don’t give Him all of that, we are actually treating Him like less than He is.
When we are jealous, it doesn’t mean that were being treated like less than we are. We want more to add to what we have, but it is almost always the product of desire rather than being deprived of what we rightfully deserve. Of course, that raises the interesting question of what do we really deserve, but that really isn’t the topic here.
The main point is that God deserves all of our worship for being the Creator and King of everything. If we treat Him like less than that by having other idols before us, it is like we are insulting them. Idols don’t have to be physical statues either. They can be anything that tries to take us away from God. I guess there are a lot of definitions then.