46 Bel bows down, Nebo stoops;
Their idols were on the beasts and on the cattle.
Your carriages were heavily loaded,
A burden to the weary beast.
2 They stoop, they bow down together;
They could not deliver the burden,
But have themselves gone into captivity.
3 “Listen to Me, O house of Jacob,
And all the remnant of the house of Israel,
Who have been upheld by Me from birth,
Who have been carried from the womb:
4 Even to your old age, I am He,
And even to gray hairs I will carry you!
I have made, and I will bear;
Even I will carry, and will deliver you.
Believe it or not, God sometimes uses humor to make His point. This chapter begins telling about the beasts of burden who are heavily loaded with the idols of Bel and Nebo. These pagan gods of the surrounding nations had to be carried wherever they went. They were so heavy that the animals who carried them were really weighted down with the load. So heavy are these idols that the beast were weary when loaded with these idols of the false gods.
We then read that the beasts of burden carried these idols of false gods into captivity! The gods whom the idols were supposed to represent could not even stop the carrying animals from taking them into captivity. What kind of gods are these that are a burden to their people and are easily taken into captivity with the people who worship them. You can almost hear a mocking laugh out of heaven.
But then God contrasts himself with these gods that need to be carried and lets the house of Israel know that He has CARRIED them! What a glorious contrast this is. Israel never carried their God but their God always bore them on His shoulders through every day of their lives. From youth to old age God carries His children. Since we did not make our God (in contrast to the idols which were carved by their worshippers) but He made us, He takes full responsibility for us (in contrast to the idols which were cared for by their makers).
Remember the poem, “Footprints In the Sand”? I have seen in it in many homes and cards. It is the poem where the person looking back in life saw two sets of footprints in the sand of life. But in the hours of life’s greatest trials there was only one set of footprints in the sand. The poem goes on to say that the writer ultimately realized that when there was only one set of footprints they were God’s and He was carrying the writer. So we see here in Isaiah, God carries His people from youth to old age because He is God, He made us, and He is intimately interested in all of our lives. “Thank you God for the depth and the ability of your care for us.”
Our lives are pretty focused on VBS right now. Tomorrow morning, MaryEllen will be at church working on decorations. If you can help her from 9:00-12:00 please do. Many hands make light the work. Just after noon I will be going to parks to pass out flyers. If anyone can join me meet me at church around noon. All of us can pray. Colossians 4 tells us of a man named Epaphras who is remembered for his continual and labored prayer for the church. Let us become like Epaphras and labor fervently in prayer for God to use VBS to save the souls of children and of adults. Let’s ask God to use VBS this year to bring new families into our church. Pray for good weather. Pray for safety. Pray for the rest of the needed workers to step up. Pray for Bobbi as she labors to get all of the details in place. Pray for those teaching the Bible to be filled with God’s Spirit as they teach. Pray for VBS.
Sunday morning I will be bringing a message on Repentance from 2 Corinthians 7. This is needful teaching in every generation. Be sure to join us for this important theme.
Last Sunday’s message is on the website as is the message “When is Grace received in Vain.” Please let me know if you have a preference of audio or video format for the recorded messages. I learned this week how to do just audio and it is quite simple.
Have a great day in the Lord,