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Take Up Your Cross March 21st 2015

Do you adore the gods of this world or worship God?

But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil. But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine. And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men? (Jeremiah 44:17-19 KJV)

This answer by the Jewish people was steeped in disdain for authority.  They resounded with rebellion as Jeremiah was speaking to them.  The Jewish people insisted they would keep on with their ways of worshipping other gods and offering sacrifices unto them turning their back upon the authority and holiness of God despite anything Jeremiah said.  They did not see the connection between their pagan worship and the trials and tribulations consuming them.

We do not know or understand all the details of this time period but know from drawings or early sketches that the moon, stars, and other celestial objects were worshipped as gods.  It is not clear who the queen of heaven was but it was nonetheless an object or lady of who worship was befallen as an idol by the Jewish people instead of worshipping to God who created all and is deserving of worship of all mankind.  These people erroneously thought since they had been forced to stop worshipping the Queen of Heaven grievous things had befallen them.

Idol worship is alive and thriving in this world today.  This devotion is akin to spiritual adultery or theft; giving that which definitively belongs to God and placing it on another item or person who does not deserve such attention or is worthy of worship.  These people in Jeremiah’s day chose to accumulate worldly treasures or idols for their own selves and giving much glory to objects upon this earth rather than living for and worshiping the one true God.

takeupyourcrossredocmclearDo you center yourself upon objects and rulers of this world or place your worship and reverence upon the one true God and accumulate eternal treasures.



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