The Living God

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A week or so ago I was reading through Jeremiah for my quiet time and came across chapter 10. I couldn’t help but notice the stark contrast of who God is in this chapter and who the people’s idols are. The difference between them is supposed to encourage and challenge God’s people to trust God, to fear him, and to not be influenced by the surrounding nations.

THE IDOLS

The voice of the LORD speaks to Israel telling them not to be concerned with what the people around them are doing. Nor should they be afraid of the idols they worship. It says their customs are vanity (10:3) and their idols are (10:5) …

  • like scarecrows in a field
  • cannot speak
  • they can’t walk and must be carried
  • they can do neither good nor evil
  • stupid and foolish
  • created by skilled men with tools and gold

These idols are dependent on humans. They are created and carried. Not only are they dependent but they are useless. They have no ability to good or bad. They just sit there. The nations surround Israel sure don’t see things this way otherwise they would sacrifice to and worship these created idols. How does this compare to the LORD?

THE INCOMPARABLE GOD

“There is none like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is great in might.” God declares his name to be great and incomparable. But how so? I noticed two ways there is none like him..

1. This God is alive and is everlasting. He was not created. He wasn’t made or dependent in any way upon someone else. The exact opposite is true: He created everything and everything is dependent on him for life.

“The gods who did not make the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under the heavens.” – Jeremiah 10:11

2.  He is active. God is great. There is none like him. He is true, living, and everlasting. And he knows it. And where his name is made to be not-great, not-true, not-everlasting, there is judgment and wrath. Israel is about to learn this the hard way. God doesn’t sit by passively hoping people recognize his greatness. He out to show people!

“At his wrath the earth quakes, and the nations cannot endure his indignation.” – Jeremiah 10:10

ON A PERSONAL NOTE

It has been a pretty crazy start to my week. Last night my wife thought our 38 week baby was ready to be born…. Nope! We got back at 4am from a long night in the hospital. On top of that I’m working to raise out budget so we are fully funded by the time school starts. Meanwhile we have 3 kids at home under 3 that are quite a handful.

Reading this passage brought so much perspective to me. As I’ve read through it again I find myself looking up at him, off of my problems and circumstances, and worshipping this great God in the midst of chaos and uncertainty. The uncertainty of finances. The uncertainty of relationships. The uncertainty of this new baby.

As I look I’m amazed at this great God. Amazed that he created this world and that he speaks to us through His Word and as a holy God he seeks to be known. It has done my soul so much good to meditate on these verses and to put my world into the context of HIS world.

“It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understand stretched out the heavens. When he utters his voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, and he makes the mist rise form the ends of the earth. He makes lightning for the rain, and he brings forth the wind from his storehouses.” – Jeremiah 10:12, 13

 

2 Comments

  1. Joel Smith says:

    Nice job Jon. That is a great passage. We live with idles everywhere. I like what Jer 10 says about the Christmas tree.

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