Idolatry A Bible Study

Genesis 3:1-6 - The man and woman believed the forbidden fruit would give them something that God wouldn't give them. God was not worthy of obeying... not worthy of their worship.

The immediate results of idolatry...

  • shame (Gen. 3:7)
  • hiding (Gen. 3:8)
  • broken relationships with people (Gen. 3:12)
  • a continual thirst for people and tasks to satisfy (Gen. 3:16-19)
  • broken relationship with God (Gen. 3:8-10)


to admire, revere, or love greatly or excessively

Genesis 4:2-5 - Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

Genesis 4:6-8 - Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it. Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

Cain's problem had to do with worship.

Idolatry is revering or giving allegiance to a created thing over God through obedience.

Who you obey = who you worship

Read Genesis 31:19-35

  • What did Rachel steal?
  • Why do you think she stole these things?
  • Are there any "pocket gods" you hold onto?
Exodus 20:1-6
Describe the first two commandments. Why does God give these commandments?

Read Deuteronomy 9:7-29

Describe God's response to Israel's idolatry.

Describe Moses' conversation with God.

What is the opposite of idolatry? What is God's real desire for us?

Read Deuteronomy 10:12-11:32

Read Isaiah 46:1-9.

When you feel burdened and weighed down, check your life for idols.

We become what we gaze upon. We become what we worship.

The Book of Hosea

Hosea 1:2-3

What does God liken idolatry to? How does God feel about idolatry?

What does God do with Israel in the midst of her idolatry? Read Hosea 2:14.

Read Hosea 3. Describe God's response to Israel's idolatry.

Read John 5:39 - Describe idolatry in this context.

Read Philippians 3:18-19. Describe idolatry in this context.

Read James 4:1-10. What are the results of idolatry?
Read 1 John 2:15-17. How is idolatry described here?

Take some time to ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart. Are there any idols hanging around your life? Sometimes, even the good things in our lives can turn into idols. Where do you spend most of your free time? What do you pour your time, effort, focus and finance into? This could give you an indication of idolatry in your life. Are there any "pocket gods" in your life - just in case you get tired or need some special comfort? As God reveals idolatry in your life, take time to repent and commit yourself to purity in your worship.

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