Deuteronomy 4:9-20, 23, 24
Let us attentively read a part of Moses’ last discourse to the people whom he had so lovingly ruled.
If the Lord condescend to teach, let us not be forgetful hearers, neither let us neglect to transmit his teachings to our children.
He dwells much upon this because there was, and is, great need for reminding all men of it. Symbol worship is the crying sin of the present age. It were well if all godly persons gave up wearing crosses, for this reason.
Men not only dishonour God by worshipping similitudes, but they also corrupt themselves.
The list is very comprehensive, and is intended to embrace every possible similitude, whether it be the clumsy device of the savage, the artistic gem of the Papist, or the sublimities of the worshipper of nature. God alone is to be worshipped, and as he is pure spirit we ought sacredly to guard the spirituality of his worship. Away with all material signs, however venerable, the Lord abhors them.
Peculiar privileges involve special responsibilities. He who has done so much for us must be reverently adored.
Again and again is the command repeated, and a ban put for ever upon any attempt to worship God through any image or likeness.
He cannot endure sin. He does not treat it as a trifle, but his holy anger rises when he sees hearts going aside from him. He will have all our love or none. Has he cause to be jealous of us?
Unto the Lord, unto the Lord,
Oh, sing a new and joyful song!
Declare His glory, tell abroad
The wonders that to Him belong.
For He is great, for He is great;
Above all gods His throne is raised;
He reigns in majesty and state,
In strength and beauty He. is praised,