It is the land of carved images, and they are insane with their idols.
You shall no more worship the work of your hands.
Let all be put to shame who serve carved images, who boast of idols. Worship Him, all you gods.
For they provoked Him to anger with their high places, and moved Him to jealousy with their carved images.
If God is the Image Maker (He is), then a lot of people are trying to compete with Him. But a beauty competition with God begs defeat, because He is the sovereign Creator.
Consider the beauty business in the United States:
In 2012 over 14 million cosmetic procedures were performed by surgeons, physicians and technicians, bringing revenues in excess of 10 billion dollars. 2011 sales of cosmetics and toiletries topped 38 billion. 2012 fitness industry revenues were predicted to exceed 45 billion.
Fueling this obsession with appearance is the entertainment industry: the image faker. Staggering revenue estimates range up to 1.1 trillion dollars.
Today's favorite stars are made-up, colored-up, pumped-up, firmed-up, sewed-up, shot-up, vamped-up and sized down--into an image more plastic than Saran Wrap. Hundreds of millions of fans try to copy them. But shouldn't Christians try to copy Him?
We live in a land of carved images. Inarguably, we are insane with our idols. Their images are exported and worshipped worldwide. Their followers can hardly be counted.
But shouldn't Christians be following Him, rather than them? Shouldn't we be devoted to the King of kings, rather than the kings of bling? How does God view our obsession with the physical?
'I am the Lord, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to carved images' (Isaiah 42:8).
'They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, who trust in carved images, who say to the molded images, 'You are our gods' ' (Isaiah 42:17).
'For they provoked Him to anger with their high places, and moved Him to jealousy with their carved images' (Psalm 78:58).
To Be Continued...
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P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Carved Images series.