Jeremiah 17:1-4

Jeremiah 17:1-4

1 Judah’s sin is engraved with an iron tool, inscribed with a flint point, on the tablets of their hearts
and on the horns of their altars.
2 Even their children remember their altars and Asherah poles* beside the spreading trees and on the high hills.
3 My mountain in the land and your wealth and all your treasures I will give away as plunder,
together with your high places, because of sin throughout your country.
4 Through your own fault you will lose the inheritance I gave you.
I will enslave you to your enemies in a land you do not know, for you have kindled My anger,
* wooden symbols of the goddess Asherah

How strongly was the sin of Asherah worship? So strong it was written on the tablets of their hearts. It was so bad even the children were involved in this sin and the children would remember their altars and Asherah poles beside the spreading trees and on the high hills.

One wonders what God considered the greatest sin, the worship of Asherah or the leading of children into this sin. If we consider what Jesus had to say, it would appear to be the latter.

1 Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. 2 It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble.” Luke 17

This is also found in Matthew and Mark with the same point: it is terrible to be someone who causes another to sin, but clearly worse to be one who causes a little one [a child] to sin/stumble.

We don’t know much about the goddess Asherah, other than those who followed her were often involved in ritual prostitution as noted here and is alluded to in Hosea 4:12

My people consult a wooden idol, and a diviner’s rod speaks to them.
A spirit of prostitution leads them astray; they are unfaithful to their God.

Bottom line the results are bad when we walk about from our Heavenly Father and even worse if we lead our children away as well. Thankfully we have a savior who loves us and children

14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19

And just a little earlier Jesus gave an astounding answer to a question from His disciples, who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18

May we all learn to have the faith of a little child as we come to know and serve God and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.