Spiritually cleaning your home …
We are often asked why would an image and/or idol that is brought into a home be such an issue? Why would this bring a curse upon my household and me? I am not bowing down and worshipping it – it is just an ornament!
We have seen that there are a number of different Hebrew words and meanings for the word translated as “curse” in English.
It is therefore important to see which Hebrew word is used in the case of having an idol and/or pagan image in your home:
Deuteronomy 7:26 “26 Neither shall you bring an abomination (an idol) into your house, lest you become an accursed thing like it; but you shall utterly detest and abhor it, for it is an accursed thing.”
Deuteronomy 13:17 “17 And nothing of the accursed thing shall cling to your hand, so that the Lord may turn from the fierceness of His anger, and show you mercy and have compassion on you and multiply you, as He swore to your fathers,”
Joshua 6:18 “18 But you, keep yourselves from the accursed and devoted things, lest when you have devoted it [to destruction], you take of the accursed thing, and so make the camp of Israel accursed and trouble it.”
The Hebrew word used in these passages is CHEREM [Strong’s 2763/64], meaning:
• Physically shutting in,
• A net,
• Doom object, which must be exterminated.
The connotation is that if you bring such a graven image, which is a “dedicated thing” into your house, office, and so forth – then you are causing yourself to be covered by a net, to be “closed off”! This implies that your access to God has also been cut off!
Idols and/or pagan images can also be contact points through which demonic spirits and oppression can enter your home.
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