Monday - Iconoclasm - Exodus 23:24; 39:13
In these two passages of scripture we see that instruction had already been given at the time of the presentation of the Law, that all idols, all sacred stones and all Asherah poles were to be destroyed so that they would not become a temptation to the Israelites as they came into the promise land to possess it as their inheritance. God knew that it would be too easy to attach oneself to the religious idols (icons) that could be seen on the high places throughout the land of Canaan especially after seeing how fertile these fanning valleys were. The Lord wanted the temptation to be eliminated so that the Israelites would remember that all good things come from Him.
Tuesday - God's Voice - Matthew 17:5
The voice of God was heard in various ways and in a variety of volumes. There were times when His voice was heard as loud, rolling thunder, as a whisper, as the roaring seas, and also as being angelic. But when the message was important, needing to be heard, it came through loud and clear. The voice of God in the passage from Sunday's message, may have been heard by only one but was understood and acted upon till it touched the lives of the many. Have you heard the voice of God recently?
Wednesday - Altars - 1 Samuel 14:35
We know that from the time of Abraham the building of altars had taken place to give opportunity to worship and thank God for the blessings seen in the areas. Israelites were a nomadic people, being shepherds, traveling to find pastures for their livestock. But now many of the altars on the high places were used to worship Baal and other false gods of fertility and pagan rites. God gave instructions on the type of altar that should be built to worship Him and that all others were to be destroyed, torn down.
Thursday - High Places - Leviticus 26:30
God had set a standard of judgment about the disobedience of idolatry. Idolatry broke so many of the Laws of God that he held the punishment as being severe yet right in His sight. The whole of chapter 26:14-39 speaks of the judgment of God against those who would not adhere to the Law that He had given and covenant that He had made. These places of worship were set on hill and mountain tops so that all who passed by could observe the worship that went on there.
Friday - Fear of Man - John 12:42
Down through time even to this day, we often fear the opinions and reactions of people who may or may not believe in God or Christ Jesus. In the passage from Sunday, Gideon was fearful of the reaction of the men from town and even his father about what he had done in obedience to the command of God given through the angel. In the gospels it tells us how there were many of the leaders in the temple and on the Sanhedrin that believed in Jesus but were afraid of the opinion or reactions of their spiritual leaders. But we must make a choice whom we will serve and to whom we will be devoted.
Saturday - Obedience - 2 Kings 18:6
There are many biblical examples of those who learned to obey God's commands and live as followers of Christ. But just as the words of the obedience of Gideon inspire us to also obey, what is said of Hezekiah in 2 Kings speaks volumes to how we ought to trust and obey. Holding on to God and His commands and promises, without neglect or ceasing, reminds us of the joy of walking with our Savior and Lord.