Ryan gave the message in our youth Sunday & it just blew me away. We are in a series on the Ten Commandments & hoping to make it fresh & relevant for these kids. Well Ryan did that! After coming off of Week 1 - with "You shall have no other gods before me".... then to go to "You shall not make for yourself an idol...." Ryan made the point that so many put those as the same commandment but how different they are.
The big thing that really hit home was how he did the research of words in Hebrew & how it really showed that it could mean - that we turn God into an idol... how so? We make Him who WE want HIM to be..... not really remembering who HE really IS!!!
Think about it... how much do we form an opinion of who God is based on our own human instincts. We think that God should hate certain things or love certain things - just because we love or hate those things. Or we think that God can't forgive something because we can't.... or we think that God is OK with the sins that we do - because after all, he's a good God!
Or how about how we base God on how others treat us. We have people who betray our trust - then we're afraid to trust God. Or we have people who break out heart - if God can allow that, then maybe we feel that God too is out to break our heart. People have a bad relationship with their earthly father - then they see their Heavenly Father with the same qualities. A friend or spouse can leave you for the simpliest reasons - then we wonder, can God leave us too?
It really was eye opening... a new way to look at this commandment.
So - do you see God for who He is? The Almighty, the Ruler, the Creator of all, the Forgiver of Sins, Merciful, Love....GOD!!!