” ‘Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field are they, and they cannot speak; they must be carried, because they cannot walk! Do not fear them, for they can do no harm, nor can they do any good.’ ” ~ Jeremiah 10:5
In Jeremiah 10, the foolishness of idol worship is contrasted with the power and majesty of the Almighty God. Why did the people of Judah worship something crafted by man, that could not speak or walk or do anything?
“There is none like Thee, O LORD; Thou art great, and great is Thy name in might. Who would not fear Thee, O King of the nations? Indeed it is Thy due! For among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like Thee. But they are altogether stupid and foolish in their discipline of delusion — their idol is wood!” ~ Jeremiah 10:6-8
The Hebrew words used here for “stupid and foolish” are ba`ar and kacal. Ba`ar means “stupid, brutish, barbarous, dull-hearted, unreceptive”. Kacal means “to be foolish, be stupid”. And when you think about it, it does seem rather stupid and foolish to worship a block of wood! In today’s world, though, our “idols” are different. What do we put ahead of God, or replace Him with? Work? Toys? Science? “Reason”? Pleasure? Our own selfish desires? Convenience?
“But the LORD is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King. At His wrath the earth quakes, and the nations cannot endure His indignation.” ~ Jeremiah 10:10
Do we acknowledge that God is the true God, “the living God and the everlasting King”?
“Thus you shall say to them, ‘The gods that did not make the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under the heavens.’ ” ~ Jeremiah 10:11
“The gods that did not make the heavens and the earth.” Do we allow any inklings of evolutionary theory to creep into our minds? Science can be a god, replacing the One True Creator God with a lie that we ultimately came into being out of pure dumb random luck.
“It is He who made the earth by His power, Who established the world by His wisdom; and by His understanding He has stretched out the heavens. When He utters His voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, and He causes the clouds to ascend from the end of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain, and brings out the wind from His storehouses.” ~ Jeremiah 10:12-13
Make no mistake. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” ~ Genesis 1:1. Period. End of discussion. As it is written in the book of Genesis, so it happened. And not only did God create the heavens and the earth, but He maintains control of them.
“Every man is stupid, devoid of knowledge;…” ~ Jeremiah 10:14a
Hmm, harsh words, again. I think Jeremiah is trying to tell us something. We are “stupid brutish fools” if we think we can erase the One True God from the picture and live our lives without Him.
“For the shepherds have become stupid and have not sought the LORD; therefore they have not prospered, and all their flock is scattered.” ~ Jeremiah 10:21
In the King James, instead of “shepherd”, it is “pastors”. The Hebrew word is ra`ah, meaning “to tend, feed, teach, shepherd the flock”. Unfortunately, we are seeing more and more “shepherds” who are not feeding their flocks from the word of God. How many churches are picking and choosing what parts of the Bible to believe as truth and what parts to discard as irrelevant? Oh, be very careful!
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” ~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture. As our pastor likes to say, “All in the Greek means ‘ALL’ “! We are warned, even commanded, to not add to nor take away from the Bible (Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:32, Revelation 22:18-19). Every word is inspired by God, “God-breathed”. Every word is truth (John 17:17b).
I am choosing to not be a “stupid brutish fool”! How about you? 🙂