Have you ever thought or been told that the Bible is so antiquated, that it is hardly even relevant in times like these? Ironically, I have heard it described this way before, but nonetheless, when I read it, I feel like nothing could be further from the truth. Like, did you know that the word iphone is mentioned at least 156 times in the Bible?? Well, actually I guess it’s not, but the word: idol is, which is basically the same thing, right? We will get to that in a minute
The Bible is the Living Word of God, which means it has the ability to breathe life and understanding into situations like no other self-help book out there.
12 For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart.
Every time I read it, I see something new, or gain a new insight, I realize something or see a new comparison (even if I have read that same verse a thousand times), and the only explanation I can give, is that . . . it really IS living.
Well, the reason I am bringing this up, is because the other day I was reading from the book of Isaiah, which is dated to be written around 701 -681 B.C. (source). That is quite a long time before Christ was born, and there are a few chapters in Isaiah, especially Isaiah chapter 53, that prophesy or predict the coming of Christ, and it often gives me chills to read it.
Today, however, I want to direct you to another section of Isaiah. Pretty close to the beginning. Isaiah 2 verse 8, and also Isaiah 2 verse 11. Isaiah was addressing Judah and Jerusalem at the time, but I’m pretty sure when you read these verses, you are going to see a shocking comparison to today.
8 Their land is full of idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their fingers have made.
Wow – did you see that?? What Strong word for today. No, we don’t necessarily build or carve images or miniature wooden idols to literally worship. But, this picture of man Bowing down to the work of his hands . . . to what his fingers have made, is real enough and kinda reminds me of this:
Isn’t this just what our society does every single day?
And, yes in this sense, we are quite literally, bowing down.
When you look at it like this, it is pretty obvious that our land is full of idols. We are constantly bowing our heads to our phones, tablets, devices, etc. Well there’s a word that brings new meaning: devices. We are bowing down to our own devices, now doesn’t that seem like an interesting thought?
Am I saying that all of those things are evil and should be avoided at all costs? No. We obviously couldn’t breathe properly if our phones were surgically removed.
We need them. We use them all day, every day, to keep appointments, to make appointments, to take pictures of our growing kids, and of course to play Words with Friends, and dare I mention it: Candy Crush into the wee hours of the morning.
Not any one of those things is inherently bad. So, why all the fuss about the time we spend on phones? I have actually seen at least 3 different posts about over-usage of smart phones lately. I think it is because, people are sensing an addictive behavior coming on.
But, why am I bringing this up?
Simply to show you that the Bible is as relevant today as it was more than 2,000 years ago, and will remain relevant 2,000 years from now.
And now, for the other verse I wanted to share with you: Isaiah 2:11.
11 Human pride will be humbled, and the loftiness of men will be brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted on that day.
It goes on to describe a day that is coming which belongs to the Lord of Hosts, a day against all that is lofty, against all that is lifted up (or elevated in priority, perhaps) will be humbled. I just have to wonder if this is talking about us.
(What a nice view of the trees overhead showing the change of season.)
I’m just as likely to be seen looking down at my phone as the next person. SO, I’m not saying this from a Holier than Thou standpoint, just from one that realizes how all-consuming my own devices have become, and realize that God is not surprised at all by this, even if I am. He wrote about this sort of thing years before it ever happened. Which makes Him kind of an expert, right?
Maybe we should look up every now and then? That’s Just a thought. I think we will all be happier if we did, though.
Which works of your own hands are you bowing down to? Is it your smart phone, or your need to create the perfect meal to showcase, what is it?
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