Sunday, August 10, 2008

Idols are Like Scarecrows

August 10: Jeremiah 10-13

1 Hear the word that the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel. 2 Thus says the Lord:

“Learn not the way of the nations,
nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens
because the nations are dismayed at them,
3 for the customs of the peoples are vanity.

5 Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field,
and they cannot speak;
they have to be carried,
for they cannot walk.
Do not be afraid of them,
for they cannot do evil,
neither is it in them to do good.”

6 There is none like you, O Lord;
you are great, and your name is great in might.
7 Who would not fear you, O King of the nations?
For this is your due;
for among all the wise ones of the nations
and in all their kingdoms
there is none like you.
8 They are both stupid and foolish;
the instruction of idols is but wood!
9 Beaten silver is brought from Tarshish,
and gold from Uphaz.
They are the work of the craftsman and of the hands of the goldsmith;
their clothing is violet and purple;
they are all the work of skilled men.
10 But the Lord is the true God;
he is the living God and the everlasting King.
At his wrath the earth quakes,
and the nations cannot endure his indignation.
Jeremiah 10:1-3 & 5-10

Idols are Like Scarecrows

What makes you afraid? Darkness, thunderstorms, loss of money, loss of fame, idols, evil men, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes? In what do you put your trust? Money, power, fame, idols?

Whatever you trust in is your idol! The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines idol in this way,

1: a representation or symbol of an object of worship; broadly : a false god

God tells us not to trust in the idols of men.

Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field,
and they cannot speak;
they have to be carried,
for they cannot walk.
Do not be afraid of them,
for they cannot do evil,
neither is it in them to do good
.


Have you noticed how often, as we walk through the Bible chronologically, the Bible passages encourage us to trust in the Lord alone? In today's Bible reading Jeremiah, again, admonishes us to trust in the Lord, who alone is great.

6 There is none like you, O Lord;
you are great, and your name is great in might.
7 Who would not fear you, O King of the nations?
For this is your due;
for among all the wise ones of the nations
and in all their kingdoms
there is none like you
.


God is God above all gods, King above all kings, and Lord above all lords; He alone is worthy of our worship! He created us, He keeps us, and time, as we know it, is entirely in His hands; He decreed the beginning of time, and He has already decreed the end of time!

So, again I ask, in what do you put your trust? Idols are like scarecrows,

But the Lord is the true God;
he is the living God and the everlasting King.
At his wrath the earth quakes,
and the nations cannot endure his indignation
.


Amen, so shall it be!

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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