Thou shalt have no other gods in My face….
Do I throw other gods in Yah’s face? Probably, but hopefully unknowingly. Yah has ways of dealing with other gods, he pulls them down and smashes them up. Whether they be temples of Ba’al or of Dagon.
The most amazing confrontation with other gods is His demolition of the Egyptian gods, one by one in Exodus, with the final plague taking as its victim the god Pharaoh’s son and Heir, proving all along the utter impotence of other gods before Yah.
Perhaps the most important of these put downs involved Jonah, where Jonah is delivered to his destination by a big fish (Dag in Hebrew).
To Dagon (the fish god) worshippers this would have been stunning, Jonah is transported to the beach by ‘Dagon’ himself and spat onto the beach, he then makes his way to Nineveh, but his reputation as a protege of the ‘fish god’ would have gone before him – and he preaches Yah not Dagon. No wonder Nineveh believed.
Yet again in Daniel we see Shadrach, Meshach and Abednigo in the furnace (of the god moloch, the topheth just maybe) and then again, Daniel himself in the Lion’s den. Yah is defying other gods
Yahushua used the picture of Jonah, 3 days and 3 nights in the fishes belly to illustrate His own mission, He was to spend 3 days and 3 nights in Dagon’s belly too (Dagon was a satan substitute as was ba’al) and would be resurrected, spat out of ‘death’, that ‘Nineveh’ might be saved.
Our society too has its gods, it has technical gods, it has media ikons and it has political doctrines all of which we worship and would not be parted from. Do I love my iPhone with all my heart? Or do I love my Creator with all my heart?