Deuteronomy 27:14-15 (JDV)
Deuteronomy 27:14 The Levites will answer in a loud voice to every Israelite:
Deuteronomy 27:15 ‘The person who makes a carved idol or cast image, which is repulsive to Yahveh, the work of a craftsman, and places it in secret is afflicted with a curse.’ And all the people will answer, ‘Amen!
When I first went overseas as a missionary, I was astonished at the blatant idolatry I saw. I said to myself, “How can these people openly flaunt their disobedience to God’s commands?” I knew that idol worship is wrong, and it was hard to me to grasp a system of living that — not only tolerated it, but endorsed it.
Such was the case of the pagan nations all around Israel. They prided themselves on their many gods and goddesses.
But Israel was different. They affirmed monotheism, and officially detested idols just like God did. Then they secretly made and set up idols as well. Such people, who claimed to be one thing and were in fact another, these were cursed under the old covenant.
Jesus also pronounced tragedy upon the hypocrites in his day as well. And Paul condemned those who claimed to hate idols, yet secretly robbed temples to get them (Romans 2:22).
Christian, God sees what you and I do in secret. There is nothing hidden from his eyes.
Lord, remove our secret idols from us; purge us of our hypocrisy.