20 He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the LORD only, he shall be utterly destroyed.
-In the time of the ancient Hebrew, just as now, God set standards for how He expected His people to live. In the midst of a series of commands and statutes, He gives verse 20– under penalty of death; no one worships any god but the Lord. Consider the language “utterly destroyed”; it’s best not to think of this verse in terms of the Hebrew issuing someone the death penalty, for no man has the power to “utterly destroy” another. “And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.” (Luke 12:4-5) Those who choose to follow anything or anyone other than the Lord God of the Bible will be utterly destroyed by the only One who has the power to utterly destroy; God Himself.