Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. (Romans 1:22-23)
Last Christmas season while I was visiting my cousin I heard a sermon. It talks about how the waiting period from Malachi and Matthew in the Bible is God’s preparation time for the world. There was a waiting period of 400 years from the last time you heard from God to his actually coming. But the wait, though we don’t understand it, is God’s plan which our human wisdom can’t fathom.
I learned that during this wait, the Greek language spread through the world, providing a common language. There were highways built during this time that would later aide the spread of the Gospel. All in all, all this change is God’s way of preparing a way for Jesus to come and also to make it easier for the spread of the Gospel.
While I was listening to this it made me think, why didn’t he wait until much later. If Jesus was born in today’s world wouldn’t he be able to reach the most number of people because of all the technology?
Jesus could have come at any age but choose to come during an age where there were no photographs and so much media. He could have spread the message so easily in this age where technology can take a message to the ends of the world. But he chooses to come during a time where they would not remember the physical appearance and concentrate on it but rather look at the message that he has to give us.
This made me realize something. Since the beginning, God did not want Idols to be worshiped. He did not want to be an idol. He was much more to embody than what human hands can prepare.
(The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; they have eyes, but do not see; they have ears, but do not hear, nor is there any breath in their mouths. Those who make them become like them, so do all who trust in them. (Psalm 135:15-18))
Visualising is something I tend to do often when I listen to stories or pray. Like when if I hear about Moses parting the waters I imagine it. Similarly when I pray sometimes the images of popular pictures of Jesus comes to mind. Does it happen to you too? When you pray do you see an image of Christ? Do pictures from movies of Jesus come into your mind while you are praying? If it happens or you imagine those it is time you reflect on it.
At least that is what I realized. I do not think God can be limited to the person or an idol that appears in our imagination. If God wanted to be known as a human he wouldn’t have talked to Moses through the burning bush. He would have left an evidence of his images for us to worship. Any idol including the images that take a primary seat in our minds instead of God who in his glory, we cannot imagine is against one of the commandments of God.
(You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. (Exodus 20:3-6))
We might be deceived into thinking of false images through all the media that we have in today’s world. So think about it and keep your heart guarded against such things.
Have a blessed day…