In the book of Judges, we can read of the life of Gideon and his mighty accomplishments in delivering Israel from the captivity of the Midianites. After this, the people of Israel wanted Gideon to be king. Gideon refused, obviously.
Gideon, however, did want one thing, he asked them to bring him all the jewelry of the kings of Midian, their princes and the jewelry from the horses. He took that jewelry and made an Ephod. He hung that ephod in his house, it was multifaceted.
The ephod represented ministry, it was to be worn by the high priest. It was also a symbol of God’s sovereignty. When Gideon built this ephod, he did not build an idol, it was a sincere gesture to remind Israel of what God had done. It was designed to remind them of who they were, and how God had blessed them.
Soon, that ephod became a distraction for all the people of Israel, for the Bible says that the ephod became a snare for Gideon and the people of Israel, as they began to worship the ephod instead of God.
Here we discover a dangerous paradigm for the church. In our zeal to maintain reverence for the ministry; in our zeal to uphold the ancient landmarks our fathers have setup; in our zeal to be holy and faithful… may we never be guilty of changing the object of our worship.
In our efforts to maintain our doctrine, we must be careful, that we do not start worshiping who WE are… We must always worship who HE is.