God sees through insincere worship 

New Testament: Acts 7.42–43

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 7.20–43 on June 25, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

You would think that people would worship God sincerely, remembering how he has blessed them, but that often does not happen, just as during the days of the wilderness wanderings of Israel. 

Stephen reminded the leaders of the Jews how their fathers in the wilderness turned to idols: 

“Then God turned and gave them up to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the Prophets:

‘Did you offer Me slaughtered animals and sacrifices during forty years in the wilderness,
O house of Israel?
You also took up the tabernacle of Moloch,
And the star of your god Remphan,
Images which you made to worship;
And I will carry you away beyond Babylon.’”

– Acts 7.42–43 

The Lord knew their hearts. Only Yahweh God should have been on their minds after all that he had done for them, but idols had captured their hearts, and like all people everywhere, they had a hard time removing sin from their hearts. 

Let us, therefore, worship God sincerely and in truth. 


  • What do you know about Moloch? 
  • Where did God promise to send his people? 

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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon. 

Listen to his sermons here: GrantsPassChurchOfChrist.com

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