Topic: Idols Are Vain [DCLM Daily Manna Wednesday March 14th, 2018]
Text: Jeremiah 10:1-16 (KJV)
Key Verse: “They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good” (Jeremiah 10:5).
Hideyoshi, a Japanese warlord who ruled over Japan in the late 1500s, commissioned a colossal statue of Buddha for a shrine in Kyoto. It took 50,000 men five years to build, but the work had scarcely been completed when the earthquake of 1596 brought the roof of the shrine crashing down and wrecked the statue. In a rage, Hideyoshi shot an arrow at the fallen colossus. “I put you here at the great expense,” he shouted, “and you can’t even look after your own temple.”
Israel had fallen below ground zero on the shore of human depravity. They stoop so low to worship an idol made of wood, silver and gold, which can neither move nor talk. Jeremiah described the act as despicable and foolish. He condemned their state of moral decadence and concluded by extolling the greatness of our incomparable God, the Everlasting King Who makes the earth to tremble.
Idolatry is not only about worshipping images and deities which our ancestors passed down through the ages. It can occur when we value money, possession, people, or even ourselves above God. The soccer stadiums are always full to capacity by people who want to cheer their teams to victory during the league games and World Cup finals. Worldly concerts and performances in the theatres are filled to capacity while church attendance continues to decline because man has chosen to give these events priority above God.
Like Hideyoshi, our idols will collapse one day and their ruin will be very great. It’s now time to reflect on the choices we make in life, the things we place our priorities upon, to discover if we have drifted away from the true God. This will make us to reorder our priorities and be free from the idols we created.
Thought For The Day: Idolatry does not reduce God; it humiliates us.
Bible Reading in a Year: Deuteronomy 8-10
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