Isaiah 46: God Versus Idol
God has spent a lot of the book of Isaiah demonstrating how He is different than all of the other gods created by human hands, and chapter 46 is another step in that direction.
Isa 46:5 To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like?
Isa 46:6 They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, and hire a goldsmith; and he maketh it a god: they fall down, yea, they worship.
Isa 46:7 They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place, and he standeth; from his place shall he not remove: yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble.
Isa 46:8 Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors.
I think this is a very important point. There is a reason that there were not giant God statues in the tabernacle. There are reasons that even though we might have statues of Jesus, we don’t worship the statue. God is more than the statue, but in the case of these other idols, that statue was what they had.
They commissioned that the statue would be built out of gold and silver, and then they carried it around until they found the right spot to put it down. Then, the people would worship it. That was the entire experience.
God is so much greater than that. It isn’t like we can pick up God, move Him into our church, put Him down and worship Him. If we limit our worship of God to only the worship of a statue of God (which would be really interesting because I don’t know how you represent the Trinity in the statue), we are missing out on a large part of what makes God God. We are trying to use human means to represent His power, glory and majesty. That simply can’t be done anywhere near adequately.
I think that it is important to remember the difference here. Other people were worshiping such limited gods. The God of the Bible was and is so much greater.