Images Are Objects Of Mockery
March 21, 2014
From my comment page on:
To those defending idolatry,
“The LORD Almighty… says, ‘See, I will make this people eat bitter food and drink poisoned water. I will scatter them… and I will pursue them with the sword until I have destroyed them.’” (Jer. 9:15,16) And to whom does God direct this “vicious” threat? To those who have forsaken and disobeyed Him and His law (v. 13), who “have followed the stubbornness of their hearts” (v. 14), and who “have followed the Baals [the idols], as their fathers taught them.” (same verse)
“[The idolator’s] images are a fraud; they have no breath in them. They are worthless, the objects of mockery…” (Jer. 10:14,15) For “This is what the LORD says: ‘Do not learn the ways of the nations… For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree… a craftsman shapes it… They adorn it… they fasten it.. so it will not totter. Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk.” (v. 1-5) “The ‘wise’ idolators are all senseless and foolish for they are taught by worthless wooden idols.” (See v. 7,8)
It would be beneficial for people who claim to know God’s Word to actually read it and to take note of how “un-Christlike” are the words of the LORD Almighty. The words of the prophets and of the apostles, and of Jesus Himself, were often stingingly harsh. For example, when Jesus said, “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire.” (John 8:44) Christ’s actions, as well as His words, were not as tranquil as some want to pretend. For example, when He drove the merchants out of the temple using a whip of cords (2:15), overturning their money tables (same verse), and giving them a scathing rebuke. (v. 16)
Why did Jesus and others who are filled with the Holy Spirit often speak and act with severity? It is because God hates sin, He hates lies, He hates idolatry, and He hates it when people teach contrary to His Word. All who practice these will be eternally condemned (Gal. 1:8,9 // Rev. 21:8) and God, in His love, is trying to wake people up to the Truth so that they will repent and be saved.
Yesterday (the 12th) I wrote the message that will be posting in about an hour (for the 14th). What God led me to write in this 3/14/14 post is, obvious to me, His timely response to those who are so angry that I would dare to belittle that which God considers detestable to Him.
But, all God’s true servants will continue to tear down every idol we can and with every chance He gives us. Are we “trying to win the approval of men, or of God?” (Gal. 1:10) If we’re trying to please men, we “would not be a servant of Christ.” (same verse) To fear men is to ensnare oneself (Pr. 29:25), but to fear the Lord is to walk in wisdom. (9:10 // Luke 12:4,5) It will not be me, on Judgement Day, who is ashamed of what she said, thought, and did during her life on earth, but instead those who feign love for God and others but who really have no such thing.