Like a Drop in a Bucket

Isaiah 40: 15-17.

15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.

16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.

17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

The comparisons in this paragraph are to show the greatness of God compared to man.  Even great nations, by our reckoning, are just a drop hanging off a bucket in God’s perspective.  They are like a speck of dust on a scale, which won’t make the scale rise or fall.

All the great trees of Lebanon are as nothing to God; nor the animals that are offered for sacrifice.  All the nations together are as nothing to Him.  They are vanity, emptiness, insignificant.

This is not to say that God removes Himself.  Far from it.  He loved us so much that He allowed His only Son to die in our place. What we have to understand is that the greatness of God far surpasses any of the greatness of man. When we try to lift ourselves above Him, we are foolish. We are so full of ourselves, full of pride, full of sin; yet we believe we can reach the greatness of God.

How small we are, in comparison to Him.

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