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Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Digging Deep: The Snake and the Son

Thanks to Cheryl McIntosh, of Cleburne, Texas for phoning in her great observation about the carving of graven images. You will remember that in Numbers 21, God actually commanded the making of a graven image. The brazen serpent was that to which the people must look if they’d been bitten by the poisonous snakes that were the punishment inflicted for constant and rebellious grumbling against Jehovah and Moses. 

Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth (hates) this light bread. And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died (vs 4-6).

If indeed the very carving of images (likenesses of any part of nature) was prohibited in the first verses of Exodus 20 and in Leviticus 26 and in Deuteronomy 4, then the forming of this serpent would have, in any other circumstance, been sinful. It would have been comparable to the offering of Isaac on Moriah. It was only right that one time, because God had commanded something that would have otherwise been sinful. It would have been similar to God’s telling Hosea to marry a prostitute. If (and that’s a big IF) the command in these passages prohibited any carved likenesses, then certainly the One who gave the command had the right to make any exceptions at any time, simply by His command. 

The most shocking thing about this whole snake incident is revealed much later and in a cursory mention in 2 Kings 18:4: 

He removed the high places and broke the sacred pillars, cut down the wooden image and broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made; for until those days the children of Israel burned incense to it, and called it Nehushtan.

They worshipped the image! Eight hundred years later, Hezekiah destroyed the snake because it was an object of worship! Astounding and very telling. God knew these people and, of course, as always, His prohibitions in Exodus 20 were for their own good and with the object of their holiness and ultimate salvation through the Christ. 

The snake was really all about the Son, too. It was about love.

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:14-16).

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley Dig-a-Bit Podcast

Opining on Exodus 20:4 (The Ten M02E04)


Dig-A-Bit is a weekly mini Bible study with Cindy Colley. It supplements the Digging Deep Bible study for women. In this episode, Cindy discusses the command not to make any graven images.

For more information about the Digging Deep Bible Study for Women, visit TheColleyHouse.org.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES:

  • Exodus 20:4
  • Exodus 25:18
  • Exodus 31:1-6
  • Deuteronomy 27:5,6
  • Joshua 8:31
  • Exodus 20:25
  • 1 Kings 6:7
  • 1 Chronicles 22:2
  • 1 Kings 7:9

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Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Image Worship vs. Mental Idolatry

Of course, the worship to an inanimate carved image in addition to or instead of worship to Jehovah has been an abomination since the beginning of time and continues to be. There are scores of passages, practical examples and implications throughout the Holy Text that make this an obvious truth. 

I did want us to see four  passages this month, from our New Testament that show that image worship continued to be a cultural bane in the first century and was a temptation as heathen people, formerly deeply entrenched in image worship, came to know the truth about the singularity  of Jehovah and His church. 

Those verses are these: 

Acts 17—Paul’s discourse on Mars Hill obviously takes its trajectory from His viewing the numerous images in Athens. He uses their idolatrous worship to contrast the image service with obedience to the one true God to Whom they had given the nod in their statue “To the Unknown God.” From this passage it is obvious that the statues were tangible and plentiful in Athens and they were sinful. 

I Corinthians 10:20-33— In this context, there’s a strong condemnation of tangible altar sacrifices to inanimate gods: 

“But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.”

This passage is a comparison to the altars of the holy priests of the Israelite system, so this condemnation is specifically about the worship of the inanimate. It is very strong. 

Revelation 9:20,21 speaks of those who failed to repent of worshipping idols made of silver and gold. The mention of the metals from which these gods were formed makes us certain the passage is referring to image worship. 

Acts 15 is the context of the Jerusalem meeting and verse twenty says this: 

“But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.”

While this passage does not specifically say “images” rather than “idols of the heart”, it is contextually speaking of Gentile worship to mythical gods represented by graven images. 

Now there are many verses about idolatry in the New Testament that would prohibit both image worship and mental idolatry (giving my heart’s devotion to some entity of this world). But these plainly imply the wickedness of image worship.

The hardest part of abstaining from idolatry for us, as Christians in the 21st century, is getting our focus out of the temporary allurements and onto the service of Jehovah and the hope of heaven. At the same time, there still exists literal, physical image worship in our world today and our repudiation of such should never be questioned by those around us. 

The Lord our God is One Lord. (Ex. 6:4)

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

For Today: T-Shirts, Hoodies and Graven Images

Tonight’s the podcast.  We will not have time to cover everything because this month’s study  has been a BIG and long and time-intensive blessing. Sometimes, when it’s coming together, I have no idea just how relevant it will be or what a big blessing to my days will be afforded when it’s actually time to dig in! (This is not because of anything I do, of course. The Word is always just that way.)  I hope you’ll be there. Join on livestream if you can, so you can comment directly….And do comment!

Now, let’s finish up t-shirts and hoodies!  I think all orders are either filled or refunded.  So here’s what’s left. (And don’t even ask…I do not KNOW why we have twelve  XXL hoodies. But maybe somebody wants a roomy one. Or I may personally be wearing roomy ones for the next dozen years. Roomy ones ARE comfy!)

SO here’s the deal. They tell me we can’t put a counter on these on the website. so we are going to sell them right here. First come, first serve. Just claim by putting your name and size below on the DIGGING DEEP IN GOD”S WORD PAGE (nowhere else, please). IF YOU GET A MESSAGE from me, it means you bought one and then you can PayPal $17.50 plus $7.50 shipping for a t-shirt or $29.00 plusstudy interrupted! =) $9.00 shipping for a hoodie and we will send straight-away. Don’t paypal till you hear from me. (If you don’t do PayPal, you can send a check and I will go ahead and send out. I trust you!) These will not, of course, go book rate, so you should receive pretty quickly. (I may not have time to respond till late tonight AFTER the podcast! (My grandkids have already spent a chunk of my morning on FaceTime! Who can study while that’s going on?)

The Ten books are still available on the website www.thecolleyhouse.org/store. 

  

Hoodies:

12 — 2XL

2 — M

1 — L

 

T-Shirts:

2 — S

3— XL

2 — 2XL

So thanks again for patience and kindness during a challenging year for distributing materials. You are the best!

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Aaron after the Calf

photo credit: Rebecca Jenkins Richardson

Because you asked: 

Here are the ten observations about Aaron’s “pardon” after the calf incident (in a succinct list):

  1. We may not know the answers, but God gets it right every time (Psa. 19:9)
  2. God used this action of Aaron to teach us the need for our own holy High Priest (Heb.5:1-4).
  3. God had just spent chapters 28-31 saying “The priests will sin, but I will cleanse,” (Heb.5:3;9:7).
  4. Aaron had already been called at the time of the calf-building, but not yet consecrated as priest (Ex.28:7).
  5. Aaron was not exempt from punishment (Nos. 20:12, 24-29)
  6. His penitence seems evident from Exodus 20:26.
  7. Levites were chosen shortly after this to claim the hallowed first-born place in Israel (Nos 3:5-13; Nos. 8:1-16).
  8. It appears that the reason for this “firstborn” status (the consecrating of Levites for the firstborn) was the repentance of Exodus 32:26-28.
  9. This consecration seems to be a partial fulfillment of Genesis 49:5-7.
  10. There had to be a firstborn substitute (Nos 3:44ff)

Hope this is helpful. Watch early next week for updates about three things: 

  1. March for Life in late January.
  2. Israel/Rome trip in 2022
  3. A few remaining shirts/hoodies. (Please don’t order in these comments. We will put them in the store at www.thecolleyhouse next week when we are sure everyone who already ordered has received. They will be very limited sizes and quantities and must be ordered in the store. Thanks very much. This is necessary in order for us to not sell the same shirt twice! Please do let us know if you have not received your previous shirt orders via FB message.)

Have the best kind of blessed week-end. I hope your world is as beautiful as Huntsville, Alabama is during late October!

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley Dig-a-Bit Podcast

Why was Aaron Spared? Part 2 (The Ten M02E03)


Dig-A-Bit is a weekly mini Bible study with Cindy Colley. It supplements the Digging Deep Bible study for women. In this episode, Cindy discusses Aaron from Exodus 32.

For more information about the Digging Deep Bible Study for Women, visit TheColleyHouse.org.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES:

  • Exodus 32:25-28
  • Numbers 3:5
  • Numbers 8:1-16
  • Exodus 13:2-15
  • Genesis 49:5-7
  • Numbers 3:44

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