March 6th                    Rejecting Idols

Luke 9:28-36  “Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray.  And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white.  And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.  Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him.  And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—l not knowing what he said.  As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.  And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.”    ESV

  1. Getting away to pray was a common thing for Jesus
  2. I would imagine that changing His form to closer resemble the Holy Son of God was pretty common as well
    1. Just rarely seen by man
    2. We need to remember that Jesus was WAY MORE than a man
  3. Jesus spoke to Moses and Elijah – Two major OT faithful men
  4. The three humans there KNEW they were witness to something Great
  5. They did what men do
    1. Set up 3 tents/tabernacles
    2. They wanted to set up 3 churches – places of worship
      1. They wanted a physical place
      2. They wanted an alter
    3. People are still looking for:
      1. Noah’s Ark
      2. Ark of the Covenant
      3. Moses Staff
      4. The Spear that pierced Jesus
  1. We take any artifact or place and make the OBJECTS or PLACES OF WORSHIP!
  2. ANYTHING hewn or created by man can, and probably is, being used as a false god.
    1. Carved wood or stone
    2. Digital creations: interned, facebook, etc
  • Even the WORLD that GOD created is worshipped as a god
  1. But, the construction of these tabernacles to create sites of worship that could/would become worshipped was not the end of their idolatry!
  2. Notice verse 33 again:
    1. They wanted to make THREE tabernacles
      1. One for Jesus
      2. One for Moses
      3. One for Elijah
    2. They were lifting the two OT prophets up to the SAME LEVEL as JESUS CHRIST
      1. You are witnessing the potential creation of false gods and false religion right here
      2. Blaspheme
      3. Idolatry
    3. God put ALL THIS NONSENSE to an end QUICKLY
      1. THIS IS MY SON
      3. LISTEN TO HIM
      1. Could you imagine what would have happened if these 3 trusted disciples of Jesus Christ were allowed to take this false message back to the group? To the Nations?
        1. God moved quickly to STOP this WRONG DOCTRINE before people began think Moses and Elijah were gods as well

It is not about a place, a thing or a human being:

    1. Listen to Him!
    2. Follow Him!
  2. Today we need to search our hearts and lives for false gods and ask God to correct our hearts, attitudes, words and actions.