Sins of Idolatry, Social Injustice, and Religious Ritualism; the Prophets View

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Sins of Idolatry, Social Injustice, and Religious Ritualism; the Prophets View
Bible 105-B27 LUO: Old Testament Survey
201320 Spring 2013
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Liberty University
March 07, 2013

Sins of Idolatry, Social Injustice, and Religious Ritualism; the Prophets View Several of the prophets had much to say in regards to idolatry, social injustice, and religious ritualism throughout the Old Testament. Some of these that will be used in this essay are Isaiah, Hosea, Micah, Jonah, and Ezekiel. Their verses will better define the meanings God has on each of these subjects. Let us begin by asking the question; what is idolatry? Merriam-Webster online defines it as: 1the worship of a physical object as a god, or
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This is where we lose sight of God today. People spend more time looking at their phones and not their Bibles. Micah tells us best what to do; “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8 NIV). It is up to us to make the choice of following God or being held captive to the worldly ways of sin. From the fall of Adam and Eve, God knew that man could not resist the temptations of sin. The Lord gave instructions to Moses for religious rituals to take place during specific times and for specific reasons. God was giving man the opportunity to prove himself obedient in His laws by performing these rituals of sacrifice and offerings. However, man continued to sin and be subject to God’s judgment. Our almighty God was preparing the way for His Son to becoming the all-atoning sacrifice for humanity. Not all the blood that was spilt in the sacrifices and offerings that were presented by man could ever erase their sins. Hosea stated it best, “For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings” (Hosea 6:6). God wants our total trust and devotion to be place in Him, not sacrifices. By accepting His Son Jesus as our Savior, God the Father promises to take care of us. For everything we give to Him, He will multiply it greatly and return it to us. “Trust in the Lord and

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