Which God Do You Serve?

Season 2
Episode Number
Release Date
February 5, 2020
Names of GodJoshuaIdolatry
Table of Contents
Therefore, fear the Lord and worship Him in sincerity and truth. Get rid of the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and worship יהוה. But if it doesn’t please you to worship יהוה, choose for yourselves today the one you will worship: the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. As for me and my family, we will worship יהוה."


What does it mean to worship?

The CSB uses "worship” to describe Joshua's allegiance to God, while the KJV uses the word "serve." The original Hebrew is עָבַד, which mostly translates to "serve."[2] This firmly cements worship and allegiance to God to actions

Biblical examples of worship/serving


worship [1]


  1. : to honor or show reverence for as a divine being or supernatural power
  2. : to regard with great or extravagant respect, honor, or devotion

So, who are these other gods? How do we choose? What is the importance of Joshua 24:14-15?

To identify the idols God has commanded us to stay away from, we must first define the words "god," "deity," and "idol," so that we can recognize them both in Biblical times and in modern times. Does it have to be personified? Can one person make something a god (re: do numbers matter)?


god [4]


1. a: the being perfect in power wisdom, and goodness, who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe b: Christian Science: the incorporeal divine principle ruling over all as eternal spirit : infinite Mind

2. : a being or object believed to have more than natural attributes and powers and to require human worship specifically: one controlling a particular aspect or part of reality

3. : a person or thing of supreme value

4. : a powerful ruler


idol [3]


1. : an object of extreme devotion

2. : a representation or symbol of an object of worshipbroadly: a false god

3. a: a likeness of something b: obsolete: PRETENDER, IMPOSTER

4. : a false conception : FALLACY

5. : a form of appearance visible but without substance


deity [5]


1. a: the rank or essential nature of a god : DIVINITY b: capitalized: GOD sense 1, SUPREME BEING

2. : a god (see GOD entry 1 sense 2) or goddess

3. : one exalted or revered as supremely good or powerful

Idols and false gods in the Bible

👤 False God
🗺️ Origin
🗒️ Description
📚Bible Verse
fertility god
sun god
"the subduer”; required human sacrifices
consort of Ba’al
water god (1/2 fish 1/2 man)
fertility god; had 50 names
other names: Molech, Milcom, Molek
ruling god in Greek mythology; god of the sky
god of trade and trickery; son of Zeus
goddess of the hunt and moon; daughter of Zeus


  • Are there modern gods/goddesses that we should beware of?
    • We have a tendency to make our own gods (think, The Gold Calf from Exodus 32)
    • We turn objects into gods (eg., phones, jobs, etc.)
    • We idolize people, specifically celebrities
  • Who was the first false god? Why did people start worshipping it?
  • Why are idols a thing?
    • The first instance of man turning away from God (יהוה) is in Genesis 3 when Adam and Eve listened to the serpent
    • The serpent is the devil (Revelation 12:920:2)
    • His goal is to be like the Most high God (Isaiah 14:12-14)

αντι [6]


  1. over against, opposite, instead of, in place of
  • The antichrist, mentioned in 1 John 2:19224:3 and 2 John 1:7, is taking it one step further in trying to replace God (יהוה) by taking the place of Christ.
    • God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are Truth
    • Satan, antichrist, and the beast are the devil's deception
  • Examples of things/ideas/people replacing God (יהוה) in our society today
    • Thinking a man is infallible and has the power to forgive sins (eg. the Pope and priests)
    • Traditions in the church
    • One World Religion / Coexist ideology

Biblical warnings

Note: Remember, angels and spirits are not all working for God (יהוה). Either way, we may mistake them for gods and those not on God's (יהוה) side will allow you to worship them.

References and Footnotes

  1. "worship". Merriam-Webster Dictionary; visited December 2019
  2. "Strong's H5647". Blue Letter Bible; visited December 2019
  3. "idol". Merriam-Webster Dictionary; visited December 2019
  4. "god". Merriam-Webster Dictionary; visited December 2019
  5. "deity". Merriam-Webster Dictionary; visited December 2019
  6. "Strong's G473". Blue Letter Bible; visited December 2019

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