Hear what the Lord says to you...
'Do not learn the ways of the nations... For the practices of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter...'
'Their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good.'
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.
They worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made.
The Bible had an image department. It was staffed by artists and craftsmen: designers, builders, metalsmiths, woodcutters, weavers and workmen. God 'Filled them with skill to do all kinds of work' (Exodus 35:35). When their work was for God, it was good. When their work was not, it was bad.
The entertainment industry has an image department, too. It's staffed by artists and craftsmen: designers, dietitians, trainers, tanners, stylists and surgeons. God gave them creativity: 'A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men' (Proverbs 18:16). Hollywood is filled with great men.
They have teams to create an image for each new star. For women, Barbie's been boss since 1959. She maintains a flawless face, big hair, full chest, small waist, narrow hips, long legs and great style. She's had a long run and updates with every trend.
For men, Ken is still a leading man, but GI Joe fights for position. Combine them into the image of warrior king. Maybe like David. He had it all: a writer, composer, 'Skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor... and a handsome person' (1 Samuel 16:18).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: God is the Creator: the First Artist and Ultimate Craftsman. It's no accident that Jesus became a Carpenter, because conceiving and building is what They do.
It's what you need to do, too: building an image that copies no one but God. Only in looking like Jesus will you be enhanced, and not diminished.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Images series.