26, August 2013

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There’s Nobody Like Him! (1)

‘I…am the Lord, and besides Me there is no saviour.’ Isaiah 43:11 NKJV

The Israelites were commanded not to make any ‘graven image’ of God. Why? Because God made us, we didn’t make Him. A god you can make is a god you can control and make do whatever you wish. The ancient Greeks had a host of gods, all created by men. Some demanded human sacrifice; others permitted prostitution, and even promoted it in their temples. When we reverse the order and start to create God in our own image (according to our own imagination) we get the following things: (1) A god who’s liberal or conservative, a hawk or a dove; a god politicians conveniently pull out of a box at election time to gain votes even though they don’t truly serve him. (2) A flexible god who permits you to do whatever you want, and you can then say, ‘I just felt led to do it.’ (3) A god who promises to bless his children but never discipline them. (4) A god you can ‘keep in his place’ until you need him. (5) A god who is not supreme, but happy to be one of many deities offering many ways to Heaven. Not so! God says, ‘I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no saviour.’ Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’ (John 14:6 NKJV) Jesus doesn’t need a makeover to bring Him into alignment with the internet and the space age. He is Lord! Indeed, as Hudson Taylor said, if He is not Lord over all, He is not Lord at all!

SoulFood: 2 Chr 25-28, Luke 17:11-19, Ps 119:129-136, Pr 22:8-10

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2013

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