Proofs of Idol Vanity

Isaiah 44: 12-13. “The smith with the tongs both worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh it with the strength of his arms: yea, he is hungry, and his strength faileth: he drinketh no water, and is faint.  The carpenter stretcheth out his rule; he marketh it out with a line: he fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it out with the compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man; that it may remain in the house.”

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The next few verses, through verse 17, describe the process of man creating idols to worship. Just that in itself ought to be a signal that we are foolish to create something with our own hands that we then worship and revere as a god.

The process of making idols to worship is painstaking and exhausting. The smith, who works with metal,  may brow hungry and thirsty as he works. He won’t stop to eat or drink to replenish his strength, though, because he must finish the task without stopping. You can’t have a half-finished idol sitting around, after all!

The carpenter works in wood, carefully measuring, planing, marking his block of wood before carving into the likeness of the human form that will stay in his own house to be worshiped as a god.

This type of process has been going on for all the centuries before and after Christ.  Even as Moses was on Mount Sinai receiving the Law from the hands of God, the people of Israel were busy using up their gold jewelry and other pieces to create a golden calf to worship.  When Moses demanded an explanation, they told him the calf just sort of melded itself together and jumped out of the fire, and they were busy singing and dancing around it while they had been told to wait and pray until Moses came back down from Sinai. You can read the account in Exodus chapters 32-34.

Always, man has felt a need to create something he can worship, ignoring the God Who create man for His own pleasure.  How foolish we are.

 

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