Tuesday, May 29, 2018
“They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, and hire a goldsmith; and he maketh it a god: they fall down, yea, they worship. They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place, and he standeth; from his place shall he not remove: yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble” (Isaiah 46:6,7 KJV).
Notice the following historical account of an ancient pagan people: “The leader of the …, called the …, lived in a big house on top of one of the mounds and was worshipped as a god. His feet were never allowed to touch the ground! When he wanted to go somewhere, servants carried him on a litter, a type of bed or chair carried on two poles.” (A god who must be carried!)
Isaiah chapters 40-48 are JEHOVAH God reminding Israel she is wasting her time worshipping and serving idols. Today’s Scripture demonstrates her ridiculous behavior. The Israelites not only craft an idol, but also pray to this god they must carry; he cannot move himself so he cannot help them in their troubles! Israel has adopted her heathen neighbors’ ways… habits she once shunned.
Psalm 115: “ Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.  Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?  But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.  Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.  They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:  They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:  They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.  They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.”
Satan had so fooled Israel she actually thought idols of (lifeless) wood and stone could talk, see, hear, smell, grab, and walk! And, just think, the one true God—who could do all those things—was ignored as a nobody!