16 Do not let yourselves be led away from the Lord to worship and serve other gods. DEUTERONOMY 11 tev
Idolatry promotes false worship. Just as water and oil do not mix, no one gets restored by mixing true worship with false worship.
1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 1 TIMOTHY 4
Essentially this is the message of Commandment No. 2: “Wise up! Stop making God your No. 2 priority in life. Do away with self-worship. Stop praying to an idol. Do not rely on it to bless you. Do away with sorcery. Do away with fanaticism and materialism. Why? Because idolatry is of the devil. It’s a malpractice and a waste of time, effort and money. It does not benefit anyone at all. Better welcome God into your heart.”
22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth. JOHN 4
2 How long. O men, will you turn My glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods? PSALM 4
8 You must not do as you have been doing. Until now you have been worshiping as you please. DEUTERONOMY 12 tev
4 We know that an idol can do nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one. 5 For even if there are so-called gods—whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many gods and many lords)— 6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Y’shua the Messiah, through whom all things came and through whom we live. 1 CORINTHIANS 8
What can be so difficult in making the shift when God Himself is there to help us?
8 It is written: Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only. LUKE 4
29 Hear, O Isra’el, the Lord our God! The Lord is one [echad, unique, incomparable, unrivaled, without equal or similitude]. MARK 12
5 To whom will you compare Me or count Me equal? To whom will you liken Me that we may be compared? ISAIAH 46
34 Has any god ever dared to go and take for himself a people from another nation and make them as his own, as the Lord your God did for you in Egypt? Before your very eyes He used His great power and strength; He brought plagues and war, worked miracles and wonders, and caused terrifying things to happen. 35 The Lord has shown you this, to prove to you that He alone is God and that there is no other. 36 He let you hear His voice from heaven so He could instruct you; and here on earth He let you see His holy fire, and He spoke to you from it. 37 Because He loved your ancestors, He chose you, and by His great power He Himself brought you out of Egypt. 38 As you advanced, He drove out nations greater and more powerful than you, so that He might bring you in and give you their land, the land which still belongs to you. 39 So remember today and never forget: the Lord is God in heaven and on earth. There is no other. DEUTERONOMY 4 tev
6 The Lord brings death and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and raises up. 7 The Lord sends poverty and wealth; He humbles and He exalts. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; He seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. 1 SAMUEL 2
The name of God in the Old Testament is YHVH.
10 [YHVH] is the true God, the living God, the everlasting King. JEREMIAH 10 cjb
6 I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. EXODUS 3
10 Before Me no other God was formed, nor will there be one after Me. ISAIAH 43
9 I am God and there is no other. I am God and there is no one like Me. ISAIAH 46
17 [YHVH] your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome… 21 He is your praise; He is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes. DEUTERONOMY 10
The name of YHVH today is Y’shua.
5 The Messiah… is God overall. ROMANS 9
8 [He] is the same yesterday and today and forever. HEBREWS 13