Yom Kippur Self Examination: 10 Days of Awe Series – Day Two
“You do not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of that which is in the heavens above, or which is in the earth beneath, or which is in the waters under the earth, you do not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, יהוה your Elohim am a jealous Ěl, visiting the crookedness of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and guard My commands. ~ Exodus 20:5-6
1. Have I made an idol of any person or thing?
2. Have I given to any one or to any thing the worship that is due to YHVH alone?
3. Have I put YHVH first? Or have I given first to: accumulation of wealth, acquisition of property, amusement/entertainment, food and drink, clothes, self-adornment, attention to myself, eliciting praise, alcohol/drugs, spending time in distractions, obsessions with myself, others or things?
4. Have I been distracted from YHVH by a passion for watching television, listening to secular music, movies, attending the theater or playing games and/or sports of one sort or another in place of YHVH?
5. Have I given too much attention to my home it’s decoration, furnishings, repair that should have been given to YHVH?
6. Have I paid too much attention to a car, truck, van, boat, or other vehicle of travel as a symbol of my identity, instead of YHVH?
7. Have I been irreverent during prayer, let my attention wander or been insincere, half hearted, annoyed at the time spent in doing so, disregarding it for other things, especially things that are a pleasure to me, seeking only my wants and desires?
8. Have I made an idol of myself? Have I had more faith in myself and my abilities than in YHVH and His?
9. Have I made an idol of some passion – love of money, gluttony, sports, hobby, music/movie/tv “celebrities”, fame, excitement/thrill, emotion, sexual obsession, anger, offense, lack of forgiveness, the desire” to be “right” at the expense of others and the truth, your“reputation”, of “saving face”, vanity, etc.? Have I allowed a passion to take hold of my heart other than YHVH?
10. Have I made reading the Torah daily a priority? Have I sought to know YHVH through reading and prayerful study of the Torah a daily priority so that I might not sin against Him?
11. Have I made the Torah, His covenant terms, the standard by which we determine righteousness and sin?
12. Have I made prayer a priority in my life?
13. Have I set before myself the holy life of Yeshua as an example to be conformed to?
14. Have I called on Messiah Yeshua to help me?
15. What do I hold onto that I am unwilling to release, give up, turn away from or love and cherish more than YHVH?
16. Have I made religion or the institution of the gathering of the Body more important than YHVH? Have I made traditions more important than worshipping in spirit and truth?
17. What would others who know me or meet me see as what I “worship”?Day Three