The Foolishness of Idol
Ron Graham was called home
on March 14, 2013. He began writing this commentary before his death and had
asked me, Nathele Graham, to continue his service to our Lord by finishing
what he began.
“He heweth him down
cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he strengtheneth for
himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth an ash, and the rain doth
nourish it” (Isaiah
Imagine if you will,
a party of men and women at a campout. They’re sitting around a blazing
campfire stoking the coals with what’s left of some very nice pieces of
cedar, cypress, and oak wood. They are busy in their conversations and
preparations of the evening’s meal.
“Then shall it be for
a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth
it, and baketh bread…”
As the fire gets
hotter they comment to one another on how the evening has turned damp and
cool, but how nice it is to be able to warm themselves by the fire simply by
utilizing a few pieces of old dry wood. They continue to prepare bread and
meat, perhaps roasting hot dogs and toasting buns. They use the burning wood
embers to cook their evening meal all the while keeping warm and dry by the
“He burneth part
thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast,
and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have
seen the fire” (Isaiah 44:16).
Then the dinner is
ready; they all partake of the meal, and are warm and full.
“But there remains a piece of
wood sticking out of the embers which was not burned up in the fire. “And
the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down
unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, deliver me; for
thou art my god” (Isaiah 44:17).
Suddenly one of the
men grabs for the stick, pulls out his carving knife and begins to form the
leftover oak into the image of a man. Once completed all the men and women
at the campout join together in a semicircle around the newly formed image,
they bow down before it, and begin to worship that small piece of oak now
carved into the image of idol. Just a moment before this same stick was
destined to become ashes. They speak to the carved image as though they were
speaking to a living image requesting that piece of wood to bless them and
“They have not known
nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their
hearts, that they cannot understand”
Is the above scenario
not the epitome of foolishness? Yet this is the course that has been taken
by many individuals throughout history. People will go to any length to
construct for themselves a god in lieu of worshipping the one true God of
all creation. How can people become so deluded that they can’t see the
foolishness of placing their faith and trust in a simple half-burned piece
of wood? Many people today place their faith and trust in inanimate objects.
Still, others will worship whatever it is that brings them what they
perceive to be peace and joy. Even a moment of joy can lead a person to
worship as their god that thing that brought them that one moment
“They that make a
graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not
profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they
may be ashamed” (Isaiah 44:9).
It will profit these
foolish people nothing as they bow their heads and worship graven images.
They are their own witnesses to their own destruction. These idol worshipers
haven’t the common sense to be ashamed of their own foolish actions. The God
of all creation views these people as willfully ignorant.
“Thus saith the LORD
the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and
I am the last; and beside me there is no God”
God makes it
abundantly clear that He is the first and the last “I am Alpha and Omega,
the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and
which is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8).
All through the Bible
we are told there is only one God and His name is: Jesus. And He is the
Almighty─the first and last, the Alpha and Omega. But foolishness abounds
and in these extreme last days it seems to be burgeoning at a phenomenal
rate. There are many people who will worship anything but the one true God.
“And who, as I, shall
call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed
the ancient people? And the things that are coming, and shall come, let them
shew unto them” (Isaiah
This is a challenge
put forth by the one true God of all creation. He says go ahead bring your
god forward and let him make his power known to all. God says: “Let’s see
your god tell the future of all creation.”
“Fear ye not, neither
be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? Ye are
even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? Yea, there is no God; I know
not any” (Isaiah 44:8).
Sun god (Apollo),
moon god (Allah), or created images such as birds, reptiles, snakes, as well
as all inanimate objects have no spirit save the spirit of demons. God says
try every spirit to see if they confess Jesus as the Christ.
“Beloved, believe not
every spirit, but try the spirits where they are of god: because many false
prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God:
Every spirit that
confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: and every
spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of
god: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it
should come; and even now already is it in the world” (1 John 4:1-3).
None of those false
gods and idols listed above will confess Christ as Savior and Lord. Yes, the
spirit of antichrist has been around for a long time. It was already in the
world when John wrote these words, and it is still causing much grief today.
What is the result of
worshipping false gods and idols? Those who are caught up in idol worship
sometimes seem so wise. But is that really the case?
themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the
uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds,
and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Wherefore God also
gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to
dishonor their own bodies between themselves: who changed the truth of god
into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator,
who is blessed for ever. Amen” (Romans 1:22-25).
God has given us the
freedom to choose wisely and follow Him, or to be foolish and worship pieces
of wood. We can see the result of this idol worship all around us. The
worldly way of lusting after carnal desires is creeping into the lives of
Christians. Instead of worshipping the Creator, it is the creature that is
being worshipped, even by some who profess to be Christians.
“And none considereth
in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have
burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals
thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it: and shall I make the residue
thereof an abomination? shall I fall down to the stock of a tree?”
Those of us who know
the truth should be pricked in our hearts as we watch these foolish people
who can’t seem to come to the conclusion that what they worship is…nothing.
It’s empty. On the other hand, Jesus is alive! He loves us and died for us.
But our God is a jealous God. Take time to read through the 10 Commandments
(notice they are not the 10 suggestions) found in Exodus chapter 20. God
does not share His Kingdom, glory or Throne with demons or snakes, nor does
He placate fools.
Make no mistake: It
isn’t only images of creatures that are idols. Anything that holds a higher
place in our life than God is an idol. Anything. Television, music, jobs,
hobbies, the list goes on. There is absolutely no other God besides the God
who created the universe and everything in it. He is the God of Abraham, of
Isaac, and of Jacob. He is the Messiah of Israel. He is the Savior of
mankind. In the Hebrew He is Yeshua Ha
He is our brother and He is our friend. He is Jesus the Christ. He is the
only way of salvation. He is my God. Who, or what, is yours?
God bless you all,
“For God hath not
given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”
(2 Timothy 1:7).
scripture is “theopneustos” (God breathed).
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