“They spoke about the God of Jerusalem as they did about the gods of the other peoples of the world—the work of human hands.” 2 Ch. 32:19
We all have similar dreams and aspirations and, knowing how frail we are, we need a helping hand to assist us in our passionate pursuit of success. If our natural strength becomes insufficient, then the power of the supernatural becomes absolutely necessary. Essentially, all the gods are created in the same manner: “the work of human hands.”
For sure we are all engaged in this god-creation business, for we need a higher power to lift us up to an unfathomable height above all else in the world. Don’t we all aspire to become great in one way of another?
The Lord surely was no different from all the gods, according to the Syrian king’s reasoning. No one could have faulted his logic, for his perception appeared to be rather impeccable, except he failed to calculate a possibility that the Lord might have been different from all others.
In reality, the gods of all nations were formed to fulfill a single purpose, which was to bring their worshippers’ peace and prosperity. If they failed to bring forth this desirable outcome, they would have been instantly disqualified and deemed great failures. The formation of the so-called gods was essentially men-centered. Obviously, men seldom create any sort of god to rule over them at all: their ambition is to always remain in control. Idolatry has always been and will always be a transaction of interests in which both parties, human and divine, are mutually benefited.
Sennacherib committed a gross mistake in his perception of the Lord, for he reckoned the God of Israel was a mere puppet, similar to all the gods who were made for such a purpose. He failed to realize the Lord was the sovereign God, who was beholden to no entity, either natural or supernatural.
Even if the Lord had determined not to rescue the Israelites from utter destruction at the hands of the Syrians, he would have remained the sovereign Lord just the same. Surely we should not judge the Lord according to human perception of success and failure, which was the standard of judgment employed by Sennacherib.
It’s rather simple to tell really. The gods who are readily predictable and are easily brought under our control are not gods at all. They are false. On the contrary, the One who is sovereign and mysterious is the deity whom we must take very seriously, for such a deity is by no means a result of human invention.
There comes a time in our earthly journey that we must make a final determination concerning the two, and choose to lead the rest of our lives according to the value and philosophy they espouse.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 7:31:00 AM