God versus Idols

Glenn Bruggers

READ : Jeremiah 10:1–16

But the Lord is the true God; he is the living God and the everlasting King. (v. 10)

Suppose for a moment that you are a condemned man, in the prime of life, facing death within a matter of hours. You found faith in your death row cell through reading the Bible and instruction in the Christian faith. You received baptism after making confession. But in these last moments, what gives your hope, your faith, a firm foundation?

Jeremiah answers that question. Idols made by the most skilled craftsmen are but the product of a man’s hands. Jeremiah figuratively compares them to a “scarecrow in a cucumber field.” Scarecrows do perform a function, but not very effectively, for the birds become so accustomed to them that upon occasion they build their nests in them.

Over against this stands God—the living God, the everlasting King. This is God who made the earth by his power, established the world by his wisdom and by his understanding stretched out the heavens. Is it not a great comfort to know that our faith is in God the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth? Moreover, this Creator of heaven and earth is the father of our Savior, Jesus Christ. What powerful meaning this gives to our faith, and Jeremiah sets it forth in a clear contrast between the idols of Israel’s neighbors and the God they forsook. God’s Word stands as a reminder to us today. (originally published April 9, 1964)

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for your creation and the gift of your Son. Amen.