A No-Holds-Barred Proclamation

Posted on October 12, 2020

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By David Ettinger

Unyielding Boldness
One thing (among many) I love about the Bible is its unyielding boldness in proclaiming the truth. The Word of God gives no heed to politically-correct sensitivities or overblown emotions. It simply – and fearlessly – declares, and leaves it to the reader to accept or reject it.

When it comes to truth declaration, the Bible is “no-holds-barred,” meaning no rules or restrictions apply. What’s written is what is intended, whether one likes it or not!

A Perfect Illustration
A perfect illustration of the Bible’s no-holds-bar character is Jeremiah 10:12-16, which reads:

But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding. When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.

Everyone is senseless and without knowledge; every goldsmith is shamed by his idols. The images he makes are a fraud; they have no breath in them. They are worthless, the objects of mockery; when their judgment comes, they will perish.

He who is the Portion of Jacob is not like these, for he is the Maker of all things, including Israel, the people of his inheritance – the LORD Almighty is his name.

Notice how unapologetically this passage is professed. There is no defense, no appealing to reason, but rather a declaration of indisputable truth. It is as if Jeremiah is saying: “This is who God is, what He has done, and what He is about. If you don’t like it, take it up with Him!”

The Context and Message
The context of this passage is idolatry. God was condemning the idols of that day – the work of people’s hands which they worshiped as deity.

God’s message is that not only is idolatry sinful, but also a fatal act of ignorance. Idolatry still exists today, but in different forms. Today’s idolatry includes celebrity adulation, the excessive desire for wealth, and the worship of self. Basically, anything placed ahead of God and on a pedestal is a form of idolatry.

The Lord as “Owner”
The Jeremiah passage obliterates this notion. The first third of the passage proclaims God’s absolute ownership of all things as He “made the earth,” “found the world,” and “stretched out the heavens.” The Lord God is the Creator, and there is no other!

Furthermore, God makes clear that He did not create and then step back, but is active in His creation. When He “thunders,” rains flood the earth. He also orders the movements of the clouds, “sends” lightning, and causes the winds to blow upon the earth.

By contrast, the majority of humanity which engages in idolatry is “senseless and without knowledge.” They are “shamed” by worshiping anything other than God the Creator. What they worship is lifeless and “a fraud.” Idols are “worthless” and “the objects of mockery” because they have no ability to grant salvation to their worshipers. Rather, a time is coming when all idols “will perish.”

Topping It Off
Verse 16 marvelously tops off this soaring passage by proclaiming without hesitancy or constraint that God “is the Maker of all things.” This is stated in such a manner as if to ask a follow-up question: “You got a problem with that?”

Included in God’s making of all things is the nation of Israel, which He refers to as “his inheritance.” This is a repudiation of the unbelieving world’s hatred of Israel, as well as that segment of the Church which embraces Replacement Theology. Though the Church is chosen of God (1 Peter 2:9), Israel is also God’s chosen – as He clearly states – and has NOT been replaced. It is as if the Lord is going out of His way to make this clear.

And this brings us to the conclusion of the passage: “the Lord Almighty is his name.”

No explanation required. The Lord Almighty has given the world this pointed no-holds-barred proclamation, and it is up to the world to do with it as it so deems.

Do you know those who reject God? Of course you do. Pray that the Lord will open their blind eyes to the truth of this proclamation, that they may come to know and worship Him who “made the earth by His power”!