“Thus they will know that I am the LORD.” (7:27)
This is my summary statement for chapter seven, and this would be my summary of chapter eight:
“Yet you will see still greater abominations.” (8:6)
It’s pure madness that the LORD would repeatedly make Himself abundantly clear, then His people would turn away from Him to worship something lessor of purely from their own imaginations. Yet this is the classic tale of human history.
More than half the current population of the world is either Christian or Muslim. These two religions are based on the notion that the God of Abraham is the One True God and He is for all peoples, not just the Jews. (Granted, much of this is national/cultural identity and there’s a very unfortunate history of war we’re all painfully aware of).
Beyond these major world religions are still more that recognize a Creator God. This brings to mind Romans 1:20.
“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”
On some level, at some point in everyone’s lives, the idea of a Creator has probably crossed every human mind. While other things have tried to claim to be that, the LORD has made Himself known.
That first phrase, summarizing chapter seven, appears in some form all throughout Scripture. He has been trying to teach us about Himself from the beginning.
But then the summary of eight: There’s no end to our habitual worship of other things; the abomination of putting something or someone else in His Place.
We are all guilty of idolatry, whether we come from an Abrahamic religion or not. Our perpetual draw towards worshiping lessor things has nothing to do with logic. He continues to make Himself known.
It’s a good practice to regularly evaluate idolatrous tendencies. What do our actions reveal about our root beliefs? I must maintain a humility about my ability to idolize false things, just like everyone who has ever lived.
Collective human history is a mixture of creative achievement and devastating atrocity. There’s much to celebrate, but still more to be sober-minded and humble about.
Take time to humbly ask the LORD about your idolatrous tendencies. His relentless pursuit of our sanctification is proof that He is Who He says He is, and He is worthy of all our praise.