Friday, December 5th, 2014
Images (Part 6)
The Images Of Men
With whom, then, will you compare God? To what image will you liken Him? As for an idol, a metalworker casts it, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold and fashions silver chains for it.
Isaiah 40:18-19 (NIV)
Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor.
Ezekiel 28:17 (NIV)
The Image of God is an intentional mystery: He is an 'Invisible God' (Colossians 1:15) by choice. Because God is all about choices, and He's all about faith. Because faith is required to believe in Him Whom we cannot see. But once, Jesus came to see us. And once, we came to see Him.*
Even so, the mystery of God's Image was furthered by Jesus, the Man. Because nowhere in the New Testament is He described. We must look back to Isaiah for troubling portrayals of the coming Messiah: descriptions that spoke of His unremarkable plainness and His unsettling disfigurement.**
Contrast questions of God's appearance with answers of evil attraction. They come from Satan, formerly called Lucifer: 'Son of the dawn' (Isaiah 14:12), 'Perfect in beauty' (Ezekiel 28:12). Unfortunately, this dazzling angel came to believe in his superiority more than He believed in God's supremacy.
Pride took root and poisoned his heart. Once done, his beauty became a mask marked for removal, like makeup at the end of the day.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: when you look at people, don't believe what you see. The images of men are illusions, destined to disappear. Led by media, most fans are super-busy surface skimmers: preferring temptations to truth, headlines to stories and faces to hearts.
In that light, consider two physical disfigurements: Was Jesus made ugly by scourging with irons? Was Nick Vujicic made ugly by birth without limbs? Or, in these conditions, was their true beauty revealed? *** Surely, the latter.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: when you look at yourself, don't believe what you see. Depending on the mirror, you're more beautiful or less beautiful than you think. Concerning your appearance, the enemy has two primary objectives: 1) Pump you up with self-worship; or, 2) Push you down with self-loathing.
Both serve his purpose, because: 1) Pride gets you on his side, and, 2) Inadequacy keeps you home.
So deny his demons, and remember: Man's standards of appearance are built on a foundation of fiction. Yesterday's myths have taken new twists, but they're still the same old cons. Satan believed in fiction, so he fell. He wants you to fall, too.
To Be Continued...
* Even so, God's invisible attributes are clearly seen in His works: 'For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made...' (Romans 1:20):
** 'He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him' (Isaiah 53:2).
** 'He will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted. Just as there were many who were appalled at Him--His Appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and His Form marred beyond human likeness' (Isaiah 52:13-14).
*** Description of Roman scourging (which was different than whipping): http://www.bible-history.com/past/flagrum.html
*** Nick Vujicic, handsome husband, father and worldwide evangelist, was born without arms or legs: http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Images series.