Warning against Idolatry
15Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire:
Scorched tip of Mount Sinai / Jabal-al-lawz
Exodus 17: 6 Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink.
16Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure,
- the likeness of male
- or female,
- 17The likeness of any beast that is on the earth,
- the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air,
- 18The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, (swarms /insects)
- the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:
The Egyptian name for the owl is Mulak or Moloch represented by the letter symbolism of M (m) because its name began with M, and the eyes or horns of this secret deity looks just like the letter m. In the Hittite myth of Elkunirsha and Athi or Asertu, Ishtar becomes an owl in the hand of Elkunirsha. (El-creator-of-the-earth).
19And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.
20But the LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day.
Egyptian gold Smith working at a small furnace
The first depiction of an iron smelting furnace was found on the wall of an Egyptian tomb dating to about 1500 BC
Warning against Idolatry
29When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land; 30Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou inquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. 31Thou shalt not do so unto the YHWH thy God: for every abomination to the YHWH , which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.
Moloch – child sacrifice
Astarte, Ashtaroth, Ashtoreth, Athtar, Atar, Atargatis, Ishtar and Isis to name a few.
32What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
Judgment against Idolatry
1And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2Son of man, set thy face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them,
3And say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD:
- to the mountains, and
- to the hills,
- to the rivers, and
- to the valleys;
- I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and
- I will destroy your high places. 4And your altars shall be desolate, and your images shall be broken: and
- I will cast down your slain men before your idols.5And
- I will lay the dead carcases of the children of Israel before their idols; and
- I will scatter your bones round about your altars.
6In all your dwellingplaces the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your images may be cut down, and your works may be abolished. 7And the slain shall fall in the midst of you, and ye shall know that I am YHWH .