DO NOT DO THIS DETESTABLE THING THAT I HATE!: The
particular sin, of which the prophet was speaking, was that of idolatry. These
Jews would make gods in some form or other, and then they would bow down before
them, and neglect the worship of the one invisible Yahweh. The Almighty calls
their idolatry a detestable, or abominable, thing -- and rightly so, for it is
detestable ingratitude. That a man should not worship his Maker, that he should
refuse obedience to his Creator, that he should say to Him who made the heavens
and the earth, and who also made him, and sustains his being, 'I will not
worship you; I refuse to bow down before you. I choose to adore another god --
Baal, Ashtaroth, Venus, Bacchus, anything but the one true God -- and I will not
worship you'... this is the most shameful ingratitude.
It is also an abominable thing, because it is so degrading and
debasing. Everybody ought to be able to see that, for a man with intellect and
mind to bow himself down before a carved image, is most degrading. That he
should worship that which is made of wood, or stone, or metal, is practically to
make himself inferior to the dead thing which he worships. There is practically
no act in which a man seems to bring himself lower than when he prostrates
himself before any material object, and says, 'This is my god!' This is indeed
loathsome; it is insulting to God, and provoking Him to the last
THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN: Semiramis, worshiped as the first
"virgin mother" (2Bab 77). Prob related Venus, Ishtar, Asherah.
DID NOT OUR HUSBANDS KNOW...?: Their excuse: they had
the approval of their husbands.