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That We May Know That You Are gods

February 1, 2012

That We May Know  That You Are  gods

The time frame  of the prophet Isaiah  (740 B.C. ),  was a troublesome time in Israel.     The people of Israel were giving up worshiping the LORD  and turning to idols  of all sorts.     So,  the LORD was disciplining Israel  by sending enemies  to fight against them.     In spite of God’s discipline,  those Israelites continued worshiping idols  of stone and wood.     Through the prophet Isaiah,  the LORD challenged  the worthiness  of these idols  in the mythical claims  that they had more power  to help Israel  than God Almighty had.     In Isaiah 41:21-24,  the LORD says,

“Present your case,”  the LORD says.
“Bring forward your strong arguments,”
The King of Jacob says.
Let them bring forth  and declare to us  what is going to take place;
As for the former  events,  declare what they were,
That we may consider them,  and know their outcome;
Or announce  to us  what is coming.
Declare  the things that are  going to come  afterward,
That we may know  that you are gods;
Indeed,  do good or evil,  that we may anxiously look about us  and fear together.
Behold,  you are of no account,
And your work amounts to nothing;
He who chooses you  is an abomination.

The idols of wood, stone, and myths  are challenged to “announce to us what is coming“,  but they can’t announce anything,  because they are nothing but  the imaginations of mere men,  carved out of wood and stone.     How can people imagine that idols they carved  have any power  to  “do good or evil“?     They can’t do anything,  so why should the Israelites  “anxiously look about us  and fear together“?

The bare bones truth  of the whole matter  is,  “Behold, you are of no account,  and your work amounts to nothing;  he who chooses you  is an abomination.”

It certainly is an abomination  to hang onto the lies  invented by man’s imagination — and fancy  that those lies need to be respected,  feared,  honored, and worshiped.     But, even in this modern world of technology,  people are still doing that very same thing.     People are foolishly and stubbornly imagining  that various idols,  philosophies,  mystical chants,  prayer wheels,  and religious rituals  have the power  to help them in their lives.

But, these ancient religions  have never had  the ability to  “do good or evil” — they have never had  the power to foretell the future,  or do a work of any kind.     All this  is why it is an  “abomination”  to put one’s hope in them  or depend on them  to actually answer prayer.     Those who insist on worshiping  and depending on what is false  will have to face the consequences  of God’s eternal judgment.

Why?     Because it is an abominable and blasphemous sin  to deny  the reality and truths  of the LORD God Almighty — and trade them in  for a bunch  of worthless lies.     If we don’t love truth,  our character is morally corrupt.     Those who love  to wallow  in moral corruption  will have to face damnation  on Judgment Day.

When the world tempts us  to wonder about  the authenticity  of idolatrous practices, we truly need to flee  to the authority  of God’s word  for the truth we need.     In the Bible we can see how God’s prophecies do come true.     There we see how God’s power has saved His faithful and destroyed His enemies.

If we want peace and strength for the day,  only God can give that to us  through faith in Christ Jesus.     Resting in His word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You for opening our eyes  to Your proven worthiness.     Keep us safe  in Your everlasting arms.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods

Pray for our country

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The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father has compassion on his children,

So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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