Worshiping and Praying To It

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Excerpt from a blogpost I shared eight months ago…

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 (Isaiah 44:9-11 NLT).

As witnesses to the supposed existence and power of their idols, the idolaters are themselves like the idols. They neither see nor know, neither have vision nor intelligence. Even if all the worshippers and makers of idols should all “stand together” to help one another, yet would they be unable to effect anything. Gathered together against God, they would “stand in terror and shame.”

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! (Isaiah 44:12-15 NLT).

Idolatry blinds the senses that a man will cook his food with one-half of a tree and bow down and worship the other half as a god able to deliver him. He worships a god whom he himself makes!

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!” (Isaiah 44:16-17 NLT).

Men take on the nature of that which they worship. In this case, it is a dumb idol, and consequently, its maker becomes more dumb.

Source: The Prophet Calls Idolaters “Foolish”