Assyria was like a very magnificent tree, one that could make even the trees of Eden jealous. Egypt was like a vicious sea monster. Both were brought down and became places for birds and animals to sit. (31:13 & 32:4)
There’s a lot of slaying, death, graves, and going down to the pit. Everyone from the Pharaoh and lofty kings, to the insignificant nobodies face this death. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
The LORD is the Only sure foundation in this world. Even the largest, most secure establishment imaginable can be brought down and turned into mulch under the feet of animals. All of these pronouncements of judgement are followed with “Then they will know that I am the LORD.”
This line is everywhere. Why is it so easy to forget who is God and who is not? Why is it so common to turn our affection away from the Creator toward the created? We can be so easily dazzled.
In some cases, rightly so. Our Creator is a true master of making beautiful things, but these are meant to turn our attention toward Him. The beauty is an arrow, pointing to His glory.
Likewise, we are His workmanship. Mankind is considered creation’s crowning achievement. Do you and I act as arrows, pointing toward the glory of the LORD, or do we like to point to ourselves?
I’m very thankful for the many times in my life I became enamored with something besides the LORD and He knocked it out of my hand in a way only He could. Then, I could know that He was the LORD. I could remember what’s what.
Is there something or someone stealing that place of affection in your heart reserved for the LORD? Ask Him about it today. Maybe you can surrender it to Him before it becomes a massive heap of rubble. Remember, this isn’t to ruin our lives or spoil our fun. It is for the health and well-being of mankind to remain properly positioned before the LORD.