In this chapter, we wish to examine what happens when people turn their back on the true God and worship other gods:
1. It provokes God’s anger.
Worship of water spirits or any other god gets God very angry and provokes Him to release judgment on the people and on the land.
In Exodus 20:4-5, God forbids the worship of anything in the waters. He says those who worship them hate Him (see Judges 2:12; Deut. 31:16-17; Jer. 7:17-20; Num. 25:1-3).
2. It brings a curse.
The Psalmist said, “Their sorrow shall be multiplied who hasten after another god” (Ps. 16:4), and “Let all be put to shame who serve carved images….” (Ps. 97:7). God says they are cursed.
“Cursed is the one who makes a carved or molded image, an abomination to the Lord,
the works of the hands of craftsmen and sets it up in secret” (Deut. 27:15).
3. Idolatry attracts war and bloodshed.
Check out the nations of Africa, the wars and bloodshed can be traced to Idolatry and more recently, because of America’s involvement in so much of occultism; she has one war or another with other nations (Jer. 7:31-34; Ezek. 6:13-14).
4. It delivers the people to captivity and oppression.
God allows oppression in the land and gives the people over to their enemies.
They forsook the Lord and served Baal and the Ashtoreths and the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, so He delivered them into the hand of plunderers who despoiled them and He sold them unto the hands of their enemies all around, that they could not stand before their enemies (Judges 2:13-14).
The Babylonian captivity was all due to the sin of idolatry. In the western world today, even through one can see beautiful houses, cars, roads and other beautiful infrastructure, it is so sad and disheartening the level of oppression of the people.
5. God oppresses the people.
God himself resists and stands against those who are involved in idolatry; He frustrates them.
“Whenever they went out, the hand of the Lord was against them for calamity
as the Lord had said and as the Lord had sworn to them.
And they were greatly distressed” (Judges 2:15).
6. Idolatry defiles and pollutes the land and the people.
God laments that idolatry defiles this land and that He will “Fish out” and “hunt” for idolaters to punish them (Jer. 16:16-18).
7. It brings a covering of darkness over the land and the people.
“And He will destroy on this mountain the surface of the covering
cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations” (Is. 25:7).
8. It affects not only the person that commits the sin but many generations. This is expressly stated in Exodus 20:1-6, but an example can be seen in the life of Jeroboam who brought idolatry into Israel and the next 16 kings, no matter how they tried to worship the true God, fell into the sin of idolatry, ultimately including Jehu who had killed Jezebel and others for their idolatry (2 Kings 10:28-31).
9. It transfers the land and its resources therein to the control of spirits.
The price we pay for idolatry is too much and that is why God wants us to flee idolatry. Worship of water spirits is idolatry and we must not only flee from it, we must war against it in our families, cities and nations.