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Friday, November 25, 2016

PSALM 135




  
"The idols of the nations are but silver and gold,
The work of man's hands.
They have mouths, but they do not speak;
They have eyes, but they do not see;
They have ears, but they do not hear,
Nor is there any breath at all in their mouths.
Those who make them will be like them,
Yes, everyone wo trusts in them.
O house of Israel, bless the Lord;
O houses of Aaron, bless the Lord;
O house of Levi, bless the Lord;
You who revere the Lord, bless the Lord.
Blessed be the Lord from Zion,
Who dwells in Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!"
(verses 15-21)

Idols.  Hmm.  How sophisticated are we?  Let's look at our society.  Do we worship silver and gold?  I think we should look at what motivates most people to vote, their pocketbooks, rather than moral issues.  There are temples among our society, in our towns and cities, which worship idols.  The biggest parades which draw thousands where I live involve the worship of idols, false gods.  After all, their draw brings big bucks to our community coffers.  We are supposed to rally and participate in them as cultural events in order to be seen as non-prejudicial.  What about obedience to God's word? 



The warning here is that those who make them become like them.  Those who trust in them will no longer be able to speak, see, or hear.  Actually, I believe what it means is that we will become our own idol, worshipping only ourselves, acting out our own will, placating our own desires no longer able to speak to or see or hear from God. That's what happens when your heart becomes hardened, as hard as wood or stone.



When Satan fell from heaven it was because He wanted to be like God.  At one time he was angelic.  The first temptation of mankind was to doubt God's word when Satan said, "Did God really say?"  Then he went on to deceive saying, "...in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God..."  (Genesis 3:1, 5) 




Oh, the irony, the warning that they will become like their idols or the temptation that they will be like God on equal footing.  That is why I say, there is no original sin in that sin is not original: we fall for the same thing over and over again, carnal self-will ruling us.



Instead, we are called to revere and bless the Lord.  He dwells among us.  Emmanuel, God with us!  (Hint, Advent follows Thanksgiving and is coming soon celebrated at a church near you!)  I'll take a living breathing Savior any day over any shiny thing man creates.  I'll take a tiny, helpless baby born in a stable, with an infant cry at birth rising above the animal noises and laid in a manger, over the best craftsman's gold-leafed image made to worship any day.  Bless God and be thankful.




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