“Listen to me, descendants of Jacob, all you who remain in Israel. I have cared for you since you were born. Yes, I carried you before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime-until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.” 46:3-4
I love this beautiful contrast God makes to Israel. In the verses above, he points out that the Babylonian gods Bel and Nebo are meaningless. These gods, completely lifeless and manmade, both required child sacrifice as a part of their worship ceremonies.
Yet our God sends his only son to take our place as a sacrifice for our sin. He tells us “I will carry you out of the wilderness like a father carries his son” (Deut. 1:31). In these chapters, he reminds us over and over again that there is no one like him. I love how he paints himself here as a loving expectant mother, carrying us before we were born and loving us the entirety of our lives.
Sometimes when I read verses about idols, like these, I feel removed from it. It doesn’t apply to me. I don’t have statutes, I don’t physically bow down to things and it just seems irrelevant. Plus how could these dummies possibly worship something shiny and manmade when the living, holy God that rescued them is at their fingertips? And then I spend the next forty-five minutes thinking about myself. Or maybe mindlessly scroll through social media and covet the heck out of everyone I know (primarily people with access to In N Out Burger or with exceptionally clean kitchens) and realize I am constantly idolizing myself. Or worshiping a five inch electronic device in the palm of my hand. How could I possibly worship something shiny and manmade when the living, holy God that rescued me is at my fingertips?
Ask yourself what your idols are and look for verses in today’s chapters that refute them. I love 46:5-8 where God challenges Babylon’s gods, pointing out that they don’t answer prayers or rescue anyone from trouble.
“Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God and there is none like me.” 46:9