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It Seems An Easy Choice

I have always admired the stark contrast presented in the following passage.  Speaking of a craftsman who fashions things with his hands (but whose heart is far from the Lord), Isaiah writes:

He cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or oak. He let it grow among the trees of the forest, or planted a pine, and the rain made it grow. It is man’s fuel for burning; some of it he takes and warms himself, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. But he also fashions a god and worships it; he makes an idol and bows down to it. Half of the wood he burns in the fire; over it he prepares his meal, he roasts his meat and eats his fill. He also warms himself and says, “Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.”  From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships. He prays to it and says, “Save me; you are my god.” They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand. No one stops to think, no one has the knowledge or understanding to say, “Half of it I used for fuel; I even baked bread over its coals, I roasted meat and I ate. Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?” He feeds on ashes, a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?”   — Isaiah 44:14-20

We read this passage, and perhaps think, “How silly could a person be?  Carving a piece of wood to worship and using the remainder to cook your dinner?”  But I would contend that modern man does this all the time, just in a slightly different form.  Consider those who now ignore God, but worship the earth and would literally kill to protect the environment.  Or one who accepts blessing after blessing in our modern, comfortable society, while at the same time rejecting any possibility that there is a God behind it all.  In both cases, the created becomes more important than the Creator – which is clearly a form of idol worship.

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