Tag: futility of idolatry
Scripture reading for July 30th: Isaiah 44-48
“This is what the Lord says–Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty: I am the First and I am the Last; apart from me there is no God. Who then is like Me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out before Me what has happened since I established my ancient people, and what is yet to come–yes, let him foretell what will come. (Isaiah 44:6-7)
The God who speaks is Israel’s King and Redeemer! He is none other than the Lord Almighty! He is the first God and the last, too! There is no other God like Him! He is the first and as such knows everything that happened before creation and up until the present. He is also the last and knows perfectly what will happen and how everything culminates. He alone can declare the future before it happens! If any other god can, let him declare it! What a challenge by God!
The gods of men are all idols. Many of them are crafted from wood or metal, others are just vain imaginations. These man-made gods are lifeless and cannot speak. They are worthless treasure! (Isaiah 44:9-17) Man who makes them doesn’t stop to think that he fashioned an idol from a tree and then cooked his supper over the remains! “He feeds on ashes, a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?”” (Isaiah 44:20) Idolatry and deception go hand in hand. People lose their ability to think clearly and are deluded by the lies they choose to believe. They make gods that suit their tastes and that allow them to do what they want.
“Turn to Me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. By Myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before Me every knee will bow and by Me every tongue will swear.” (Isaiah 45:22-23)
God alone is the source of salvation for all mankind. God alone is God! He can swear by no one else, because there is none beside Him! His word is utterly true and sure and will not be revoked by any other god! We can choose to bow before Him now and confess our need for His mercy, or one day we will bow as we receive His judgment! Turn to God today and be saved!