Several times Deuteronomy says idols are an abomination to God. The Israelites were told to destroy the idols of the people whose land He was giving to them. They were not to bring them into their home because they were an abominable thing that should be devoted to destruction. (Deuteronomy 7:25-26)
Moses commanded the people to have nothing to do with idols. Isaiah mocks those who make and worship them.
This passage makes a laughing stock out of anyone who would make and worship an idol. How could someone who made an idol expect something they created to protect or bless them? How could an idol be greater than it's creator?
Isaiah goes to great length to demonstrate a piece of wood is just a piece of wood, whether you use it to warm yourself or to cook your food or to worship. Verse 20 is a sad commentary on those who do, "The poor, deluded fool feeds on ashes. He trusts something that can't help him at all. But he cannot bring himself to ask, 'Is this idol that I'm holding in my hand a lie?'" (NLT)
It is not common today to see people worshiping carved or crafted images, but it is common to see people trusting something that cannot help them at all. Isaiah 44:20 says that is idolatry.
LORD, there is no other God but You. There is no Rock but You. Please give us eyes to see that idols, things in which we trust that cannot support us, are a lie. You are the Rock whose work is perfect, the God who is faithful.
Are you an exclamation point kind of person? I fear I date myself with that question. A more current way to ask the question probably is "Are you an emoji person?"
This week while recuperating from surgery in Austin with my sister, who also had surgery, her son announced his engagement to be married. Needless to say, Beverley was thrilled. As they were texting back and forth, she allowed me to read some of their conversation. Her comments were full of exclamation marks. A few of her texts were so exuberant two or three exclamation marks were necessary with an emoji or two added for special effect.
I ask the question because of Revelation 14:1. Would you have an exclamation point in this verse? The New Revised Standard Version does, "Then I looked, and there was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion!" After so much of what he had seen "in the Spirit" (Rev 4:2) after each of the seals was opened starting in chapter 6, it seems an exclamation mark is appropriate. I am sure that statement was an exclamation for John. Even knowing God's just wrath is the proper consequence of rebellion, after so much deception, death, and destruction, I rejoiced to read "There was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion!"
Years ago my son wanted me to watch a show about the end times. I told him I didn't need to see the movie as I had read the Book and knew who won.
King of kings, Lord of lords, of course, You stand on Mount Zion. The place You chose for Your name to dwell. Great is the mystery of godliness—You are both the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Lamb of God. We worship You as Savior. Because of You, we are exclamation people.