Isaiah 46 Commentary
The idols cannot save themselves! The god that you carry in your bag isn’t a god at all! Indeed, this should be the end for Babylon’s gods, so we think. But Babylon’s gods have survived to this day. Why?
Religion is described as man’s search for God. Men and women do many things when things go wrong. They swap weaker gods for stronger gods. Or they keep them thinking they didn’t appease them enough hence the defeat. Or they blame the combination of gods for the defeat. I had forgotten to carry with me the god of good fortune. Or I probably forgot to pray.
“To whom will you compare me?” says the LORD. Isaiah is repeating this point severally in an attempt to highlight man’s biggest problem. The LORD won’t share the same space with other gods.
We always find something to praise, not the LORD God: good weather, connections, better facilities, human intelligence, and wisdom. The same goes for failure. There is always something to blame for failure. The Creator God is never in the picture. If it is not there, we quickly create it.
Bel and Nebo were physical objects but in reality, they represented abstract god-pretenders. Today these are represented by a host of other gods wrapped in the many ‘good’ philosophies that we have held on to. Hard work, intelligence, education, and good governance, among many others.
Navigate the path of your life. It is the LORD God who has carried you from birth right up to this point. Forget the gods you have carried on your back! Remember the moment when none of the gods was present. Isaiah is constantly reminding the saint to forget his credentials and his own name.
The same God will be at the end of your line. Do you know Him?
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