Jeremiah 10.7-11 – The true God and pagan gods.
Posted: 12 April 2011 in Jeremiah

Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee. But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities. Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder: blue and purple is their clothing: they are all the work of cunning men. But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.

I am not one who normally mines scripture, looking for fufilled prophecies, but the above passage ends with a prophesy which has certainly been fulfilled, and the pagan gods, worshipped in Jeremiah’s time, have long since disappeared from the pages of history.

The reason for their disappearance is probably not that difficult to see. Although our innate knowledge of God may not be as highly developed as it might be, it is at least sufficient for people to recognise a cosmic soap opera when they see one. In the religion of ancient Egypt for example, the god Seth murders his brother Osiris, and dismembers his body. Distressed by this, his mother….. and so on. Your religious sensibility does not need to be very highly developed before the Egyptian gods start sounding like a  highly dysfunctional group of all too human men and women. It must have become increasingly difficult to believe in them.

The God of the Bible is the God who makes himself known in history, and he is noticably free of the cosmic soap opera type myths which characterised the pagan gods. For reasons which lie hidden in the inner counsels of God, ancient Israel was chosen to be the cradle of a religion which would introduce the true God to the world.

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