Hearing Is Seeing Is Believing

Steven Rodriguez

Read: Isaiah 40

And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken. (v. 5)

Over and over again Isaiah presented Israel with a choice: would they choose blindness or true vision? Would they choose idolatry or the only true God? To whom would they look for salvation and hope? Would they look to an idol, or would they look to God, the awesome creator and ruler of everything?

As he asked these questions, Isaiah relentlessly mocked the blindness and futility of idols. He tried many different approaches to change the minds of the people of Israel, pleading with them, scolding them, lamenting over them. Against the cheap certainty of an idol, Isaiah challenged them and us to look at “the glory of the LORD” instead. This glory cannot be found in idols or images but in the person and work of Jesus Christ. And here’s the paradox, we “see” by hearing: the glory of the Lord is revealed when “the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” The incarnation, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ was the decisive “word,” spoken loud and clear for all of the world to hear. That’s the way the glory of the Lord was revealed.

Don’t settle for the easy idolatry of physical “stuff.” Instead, be enraptured by the vision of Jesus given to us in Scripture. By hearing this vision, we do catch glimpses of the glory. —Steven Rodriguez

Prayer: Jesus, help me to cast aside the idols in my life to see your glory in the story of Scripture.