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Isaiah 41:22-24 ” Bring in your idols to tell us what’s going to happen. Tell us what the former things were, so that we may consider them and know their final outcome. Or declare to us the things to come, tell us what the future holds, so we may know that you are gods. Do something, whether good or bad, so that we will be dismayed and filled with fear.”

Earlier in this Chapter, Isaiah speaks of the power and magnificence of God and how there is no other God besides Him.  He then addresses the many idols of Israel…man-made pieces that they have put their trust in rather than God.  Finally, in these verses above, Isaiah sarcastically suggests they bring their idols to him so they may be questioned about past and future events in order to somehow legitimize their “godliness”.  His sarcasm only continues as he urges these idols to, “Do something, don’t just sit there looking at me!”  No man-made idol will ever take the place of God, for no man-made idol has the capacity, authority, dominion, or might as God does.

Psalm 96: 4-6 ” For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and glory are in His sanctuary.”

“For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.”  (Psalm 95:3)  I added the emphasis  to make us all think for a moment of just how glorious and awesome God is.  He is deserving of our praise and worship… He is God (capitol G)… not all the “little” gods we allow in our life.  For when we put our trust in idols (little gods),  we’re putting our confidence in worthless and vain man-made objects…not the God that created the heavens and earth.  He is the one and only great God above all, and is so worthy of our praise.

II Chronicles 29: 1-3 ” Hezekiah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother’s name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done. In the first month of the first year of his reign, he opened the doors of the Temple of the Lord and repaired them.”

King Hezekiah had his priories where they needed to be from the very start.  One of his very first acts as king was to open up the Temple, which his father Ahaz had earlier boarded up.  Instead of keeping the Temple of the Lord open for worship, Ahaz had placed altars to foreign gods at every street corner for the people. (II Chronicles 28:24-25)  Hezekiah’s superstitious dabbler in idolatrous cults father had even scorned the Prophet Isaiah’s promise of a coming Immanuel  (Isaiah 7:14) to instead run after foreign gods.  The new King Hezekiah, with God’s help, was finally able to launch the long-needed moral and religious reform within the nation of Judah.

Jeremiah 16:19 ” O Lord, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in time of distress, to You the nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, ‘Our fathers possessed nothing but false gods, worthless idols that did them no good.’ “

Over the course of history there hasn’t been anything made by man that could take the place of Jesus Christ.  From the wooden statues overlaid with gold to the modern-day idols we chase after today…they are and will always be fraudulent, deceitful, and totally worthless.   I Samuel 12:21 warns us, “Do not turn away after useless idols.”  For anytime we take God off His throne and place a man-made object there instead, we’re putting our trust in ourselves. And no man-made idol has or will ever have the power to save our souls…only Jesus can do that.

II Kings 17:14-15 ” But they would not listen and were stiff-necked as their fathers, who did not trust in the Lord their God. They rejected His decrees and the covenant He had made with their fathers and the warnings He had given them. They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless.”

Stiff-necked is a great word picture.  It comes from oxen resisting the yoke placed on them by the farmer.  And when we turn away from God and His Word…we’re essentially doing the same thing.  We stubbornly think God’s yoke is too difficult to bear and so in rebellion we throw off the yoke of obedience.  But it warns us in Galatians 5:1, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”  For we become totally deceived  when we think that the yoke of sin is easy to escape out of…for in reality, the bondage of its yoke is far heavier and  more difficult to carry.

Jonah 2:8 ” Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.”

Anytime we put a “thing” between us and God…that’s an idol.  Anytime we take God off the throne of our heart and put that “thing” in His place…it’s an idol.   We’d all vehemently deny that we engage in idol worship…but let’s stop and think about for a moment.   An IDOL is – Iconoclastic Ideology that causes Deception  Over Our  Lives.  An idol is something that attacks and opposes cherished beliefs and doctrines in a very misleading and crafty way…slowly and deceptively worming its way into our lives over time…until that idol has become firmly established on the throne of our heart.  We may say we’re not into idol worship…but who’s sitting on that throne today? The newest smart phone…an addiction…unforgiveness?  Anything can become an idol when it comes between and causes discord between God and you.

Isaiah 42:8 ” I am the Lord; that is My name! I will not give My glory to another or My praise to idols.”

Across the span of the Bible,  God has always been very emphatic to mankind…”I will not yield My glory to another.” (Isaiah 48:11)  So why do we continue to worship objects in place of God?  When our love is focused on man-made idols rather than God, our devotion is deeply divided.  We want to serve God…but our “things” are always getting in way.   These “things” have a way of sucking time, passion, and energy from us until there’s nothing left for God.  And in the end what do we have left?  Just a never-ending need for more “things”.