Last Sunday, February 15 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we saw that when you love, you want to give. And this past Sunday, February 22 we saw that when you love, you want to protect. What lengths would you go to to protect those that you love? In Deuteronomy 13 we see God’s taking extreme measures to protect his people.
In light of President Obama’s comments at the National Prayer Breakfast, how do we deal with a passage like this that makes God seem barbaric? We must start with the knowledge that God is great, glorious, and gracious. Moses outlines three groups in Deuteronomy 13 who might attempt to take our focus away from God and turn them to idols. Idols are anything that’s not Christ. Psalm 115:3-7 addresses the emptiness and hollowness of idols.
Our God is in heaven;
he does whatever pleases him.
But their idols are silver and gold,
made by human hands.
They have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but cannot see.
They have ears, but cannot hear,
noses, but cannot smell.
They have hands, but cannot feel,
feet, but cannot walk,
nor can they utter a sound with their throats.
The seduction of idols and sin lead to death. What would you allow God to do to prevent that death? God’s People were spiritual babies; the Word of God was brand-new to them. So God used these actions (Deuteronomy 13:9-10) in this place to address this situation. Because God will protect His People. And God is still protectively loving his children. Listen to the whole sermon here.