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Jeremiah 10:1-10, Idolatry Has Brought Ruin on Israel

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

“ Do not be afraid of them, for they cannot do evil, nor is it in them to do good.”
— Jeremiah 10:5

NL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, November 28, 2018


by Rev. Stefanie Fauth, Clergy Stuff

If you grew up in the church, you heard over and over that idols were bad.

Some churches go so far as to not allow pictures of Jesus for fear that the PICTURE would accidentally turn into an idol.

For some, false idols are a point of fear - to the point of fighting over home decor - it seems as if a lot of power was assigned to those false idols.

But really, they have no power. They are wood, or metal or nowadays, plastic. They cannot cause issues - it is we humans who cause the issue with idols.

There is some freedom in knowing that objects hold no power - God has all the power - our job is to remember that God is what we worship - and those objects can’t hurt us!

Narrative Lectionary Daily Reading:

Jeremiah 10:1-10

Hear the word that the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel. Thus says the Lord: Do not learn the way of the nations, or be dismayed at the signs of the heavens; for the nations are dismayed at them. For the customs of the peoples are false: a tree from the forest is cut down, and worked with an ax by the hands of an artisan; people deck it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so that it cannot move.Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field, and they cannot speak; they have to be carried, for they cannot walk. Do not be afraid of them, for they cannot do evil, nor is it in them to do good. There is none like you, O Lord; you are great, and your name is great in might. Who would not fear you, O King of the nations? For that is your due; among all the wise ones of the nations and in all their kingdoms there is no one like you. They are both stupid and foolish; the instruction given by idols is no better than wood! Beaten silver is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz. They are the work of the artisan and of the hands of the goldsmith; their clothing is blue and purple; they are all the product of skilled workers. But the Lord is the true God; he is the living God and the everlasting King. At his wrath the earth quakes, and the nations cannot endure his indignation.

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