The Foolishness of Idols

Isaiah 44:6-20 says:

 6 This is what the Lord says—Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies: “I am the First and the Last there is no other God.7 Who is like me? Let him step forward and prove to you his power. Let him do as I have done since ancient times when I established a people and explained its future. 8 Do not tremble; do not be afraid.  Did I not proclaim my purposes for you long ago?  You are my witnesses—is there any other God?  No! There is no other Rock—not one!”  9 How foolish are those who manufacture idols. These prized objects are really worthless. The people who worship idols don’t know this, so they are all put to shame.
 10 Who but a fool would make his own god— an idol that cannot help him one bit?
 11 All who worship idols will be disgraced along with all these craftsmen—mere humans—
 who claim they can make a god.They may all stand together, but they will stand in terror and shame. 12 The blacksmith stands at his forge to make a sharp tool, pounding and shaping it with all his might. His work makes him hungry and weak.  It makes him thirsty and faint.
 13 Then the wood-carver measures a block of wood  and draws a pattern on it.
 He works with chisel and plane and carves it into a human figure.   He gives it human beauty
 and puts it in a little shrine. 14 He cuts down cedars;  he selects the cypress and the oak;  he plants the pine in the forest  to be nourished by the rain. 15 Then he uses part of the wood to make a fire. With it he warms himself and bakes his bread.  Then—yes, it’s true—he takes the rest of it and makes himself a god to worship! He makes an idol and bows down in front of it! 16 He burns part of the tree to roast his meat and to keep himself warm. He says, “Ah, that fire feels good.” 17 Then he takes what’s left and makes his god: a carved idol! He falls down in front of it,
worshiping and praying to it. “Rescue me!” he says. “You are my god!”  18 Such stupidity and ignorance! Their eyes are closed, and they cannot see. Their minds are shut, and they cannot think. 19 The person who made the idol never stops to reflect, “Why, it’s just a block of wood! I burned half of it for heat and used it to bake my bread and roast my meat.  How can the rest of it be a god? Should I bow down to worship a piece of wood?”  20 The poor, deluded fool feeds on ashes. He trusts something that can’t help him at all. Yet he cannot bring himself to ask,

“Is this idol that I’m holding in my hand a lie?”


Is the chapters surrounding this one in Isaiah God is reminding us through Scripture that He is THE God, He has been around forever and is responsible for everything.  Showing us how stupid it is to think that anything we create by our hands has any sort of divine power.  It cannot hear our prayers, it cannot rescue us from times of trouble, it cannot move unless we move it and yet we put our faith and hope and worth into these finite arts and crafts that we designed.   Why do we deceive ourselves to ignore the obvious truth about God?  You would think that after a while we would come to our senses.  There is only one God, only one Lord, He is the only one who can hear our prayers, rescue us from danger, shelter us from hardships, comfort us in pain, love us unconditionally, be everywhere, see everything, be all powerful, defeat sin and death and offer us eternal life. Jesus Christ. Ephesians 4:5-6 “5 There is ONE Lord, ONE faith, ONE baptism, 6 and ONE God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.” (emphasis added) Amen.


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