God had a prescribed place for the children of Israel to worship. His instructions were for them to destroy all the places where the enemy nations had worshiped their false gods. Deuteronomy 12:3 says, “And you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and burn their wooden images with fire…”
As I read this verse, my mind skipped to another scene. Gideon had built an altar and worshiped the Lord after he received his startling announcement. The Lord would use Gideon to save Israel from the hand of the Midianites.
First, however, he had a specific assignment to fulfill. Judges 6:25 says, “Now it came to pass the same night that the Lord said to him, Take your father’s young bull, the second bull of seven years old, and tear down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the wooden image that is beside it.”
Read verse 26 which says, “…and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the image which you shall cut down.” The Lord did not want any groundwork left for future temptations. Ephesian 4:27 says, “Nor give place to the devil.” The Greek word for place means opportunity.
2 Corinthians 10:4 describes our destructive weapon as God’s word. It says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” Leaving future temptations takes up real estate in our heart, that the enemy uses (inner strongholds) to keep us captive. The children of Israel did not obey the Lord’s command and they became ensnared.