Those who make them will become like them, everyone who trusts in them. (Psalm 115:8)
Last week we talked about the nature of idols. This week we look at the nature of their makers. And this is a very scary verse: Those who make them will become like them, everyone who trusts in them. In other words— dead. If you want to live, then you must believe in the living God. But if you don’t care about eternal life, then any idol serve its purpose, to lead you to death.
We must ask the question, who is doing the making? Is it the one true living God, or is man getting it wrong again? The One Who lives, creates life. The one who is dead, can only manifest death. Actually, cannot manifest anything. The manifestations are left up to those who make them and worship them.
When being compared to idols we are way too similar. How do you feel about that? Go through that list of characteristics that describe them, and now apply them to you.
- They cannot speak
- They cannot see
- They cannot hear
- They cannot smell
- They cannot feel
- They cannot walk
- They cannot make a sound with their throat
But you say, “That doesn’t apply to me! Why by my very objection, you can see that I can talk, and if I am of a more expressive variety, here I am waving my hands.” And physically, that is all very true. But spiritually, you are more like the idol then you understand.
Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. (Ephesians 2:1)
It is a sad thing that we have become both the deceived and the deceivers; that we would choose death over life, and encourage others to join us.
But that is our nature. Consider what it is that God gives to us, and that which an idol never can. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy, I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (John 10:10) That’s what Jesus said, life abundant.
So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length, and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, then you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:17-19)
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. (Galatians 2:20)
For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:8)
I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things… (1 Tim 6:13)
He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of the regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:5-7)
This is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life. (1 John 2:25)
It is obvious to see by all of the preceding verses, that life is a result of loving, serving, and being in the presence of the Lord of life. But making, worshiping, and serving idols will only result in one thing— death. Because Those who make them will become like them. Next week we’ll discuss the scope of these actions.