No One Like You-Jeremiah 10:6-10

Jeremiah 10:6-10 “No one is like you, O Lord; you are great, and your name is mighty in power. 7 Who should not revere you, O King of the nations? This is your due. Among all the wise men of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you.  8 They are all senseless and foolish; they are taught by worthless wooden idols. 9 Hammered silver is brought from Tarshish and gold from Uphaz. What the craftsman and goldsmith have made is then dressed in blue and purple — all made by skilled workers. 10 But the Lord is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King. When he is angry, the earth trembles; the nations cannot endure his wrath.”
Geremia 10:6-10 “Non c’è nessuno pari a te, Signore; tu sei grande, e grande in potenza è il tuo nome. 7 Chi non ti temerebbe, re delle nazioni? Poiché questo ti è dovuto; poiché fra tutti i saggi delle nazioni e in tutti i loro regni non c’è nessuno pari a te. 8 Ma costoro tutti insieme sono stupidi e insensati; non è che una dottrina di vanità, non è altro che legno, 9 argento battuto in lastre portato da Tarsis, oro venuto da Ufaz, opera di scultore e di mano d’orefice; sono vestiti di porpora e di scarlatto, sono tutti lavoro di abili artefici. 10 Ma il Signore è il vero Dio, egli è il Dio vivente e il re eterno; per la sua ira trema la terra e le nazioni non possono resistere davanti al suo sdegno.”
 
     Jeremiah makes a statement that there is no comparison between the Lord and idols (even those made for God). The phrase “no one is like you, O Lord” (vv. 6-7) is found four times in the Old Testament and all relate to God as the only power who can save and redeem. Jeremiah calls idols “worthless” (also translated “silly”). These worthless idols were decorated with silver from Tarshish (most likely an area in Southern Spain) and gold from Uphaz (Arabian Peninsula). As beautiful and ornate as they may have been using the best gold and silver in the known world, they were still considered “silly” compared to the greatness and majesty of God. So much of the Bible is filled with God’s warning to us about rejecting worship in any other form than the Lord, the true God. At its best in all that man has created, what real glory is in it? It pales in comparison to the glory of God’s creation.  
     In Acts 17:24, Paul stood up in the Areopagus and said to a similar group of idol worshipers, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands.” You may not be an idol worshipper in the sense of the biblical narrative here but idolatry manifests itself in more than just religious artifacts. We all have a tendency to put value on things we possess. Things in this world will pass away but the worship of our “true God” (v. 10) is eternal.
Pray with me: Lord, I know that sometimes my human nature can mislead me from a heart of true worship to You. Help me to remove any idols in my life that would negate me from worshipping You alone.  


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