Jeremiah 10: 5 Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field, their idols cannot speak;

There are times Jesus spoke in parables and there are times when He is forthright in His message, saying it as it is, in every literal meaning possible. In Jeremiah 10, God, and this is before the time of Jesus arriving on earth, informed us that He detested the man made idols because they are nothing but carved wood, with no life in it, without the ability to say anything and most certainly cannot be credited as the one who has created heaven and earth.

3 For the practices of the peoples are worthless;

    they cut a tree out of the forest,

    and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel.

4 They adorn it with silver and gold;

    they fasten it with hammer and nails

    so it will not totter.

5 Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field,

    their idols cannot speak;

they must be carried

    because they cannot walk.

Do not fear them;

    they can do no harm

    nor can they do any good.”

8 They are all senseless and foolish;

    they are taught by worthless wooden idols.

9 Hammered silver is brought from Tarshish

    and gold from Uphaz.

What the craftsman and goldsmith have made

    is then dressed in blue and purple—

    all made by skilled workers.

14 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.

15 They are worthless, the objects of mockery;

    when their judgment comes, they will perish.

After 9 chapters of asking His people to return to His side, in chapter 10 of the book of Jeremiah, God actually took the time to spell out what the idols are made of and why He is utterly upset as the very people He created, living on the earth He made, and supposedly to commune with Him and worship Him before they return to God in heaven when they pass on, these bunch of the chosen people in Jerusalem and Judah had turned their backs on such a promised life and preferred to err on the sidewalk and pray to their self-manufactured idols instead. 

The literal meaning of the idols were indeed referring to the Baals and Asherah of that time. It was a time when at least two generations have worshipped golden calves made of nothing but man’s imagination. Instead of investing their hope in a God who knew it all and one that they can have a relationship with, they would rather place sacred hopes in shining metals and dyed wooden handicrafts. They harboured the hopes of healing by sacrificing to the dead wood and also anticipated a glorious harvest from the farm after prayerful festivals to celebrate the “sacred”. They have also placed their life roadmap against the teachings of these wordless and definitely worthless wood pieces and long for a prosperous outlook year after year. Is this logical?

With our intellectual capacity to be able to put men on the moon today and even reach far into outer space, can we decipher the truth behind praying to such pieces of idle wood crafts? Is it sensible to hold these manufactured dolls in sacred places that one should not taint their presence or name wherever it is placed? 

Does it make sense to kneel down before such mini statues thinking it would respond to our requests and prayers? Shall we also burn offerings and extend our hard earned rewards to these well adorned and colourful standing or sitting figurines?

Further, would we tell our children to worship the toy figurines and miniatures at home when they want a new toy tomorrow? Will we advise our kids to keep the toys in the best of places at home and to make sure to feed them as part of a ritual to keep them pleased at all times? Do we also educate our children to fast and pray towards the toy car if they intend to grow up as a race car driver or automobile engineer? Exactly my point, if we refuse these as life principles for our kids, then why do we allow ourselves to do the same when we’re adults?

If we bring this literal meaning to modern day thinking, many an item can be credited to the sacred status of “God”. We’d be wild and foolish too if we think that a soul-less, sense-less and worth-less crafted item has the power to tell us what our life destiny would be. Such a belief is nonsensical and if framed in today’s language, it is difficult to “brain” as well.

Friends, please reflect who you’ve been praying to and to “what” you credit your life pursuits. It would not be feasible to place our life plans on the palms of these mini figurines or even lay in front of them “gold, myrrh and frankincense”, or in other words our precious sacrifice. We ought to engage our holy souls and find out life’s truths from the right people and sources. In the same way, we must also seek the right counsel and knowledge to inform us about what gives light to the world and who dictated that the shoreline will never be encroached any further by the sea unless God said so. Yes, controversial as it may seem but the brains we were given birth with shall be able to “brain” this matter, far more able to “braining” prayers dedicated to little woodcrafts can.

The trouble is that in Jeremiah 10, God had already informed that since their stubborn nature has taken them away from Him, and in spite of the frequent callings to return they would still ignore Him, then it left God little choice, and much to the grieving heart of God, but to bring them out of their comfortable dwelling places. 

17 Gather up your belongings to leave the land,

    you who live under siege.

18 For this is what the Lord says:

    “At this time I will hurl out

    those who live in this land;

I will bring distress on them

    so that they may be captured.”

19 Woe to me because of my injury!

    My wound is incurable!

Yet I said to myself,

    “This is my sickness, and I must endure it.”

20 My tent is destroyed;

    all its ropes are snapped.

My children are gone from me and are no more;

    no one is left now to pitch my tent

    or to set up my shelter.

21 The shepherds are senseless

    and do not inquire of the Lord;

so they do not prosper

    and all their flock is scattered.

22 Listen! The report is coming—

    a great commotion from the land of the north!

It will make the towns of Judah desolate,

    a haunt of jackals.

I pray that you will find our God magnanimous and that He will keep us all in check knowing that our lives are dependent on Him, not on some computer graphics, attractive figurines or fanciful dolls we can buy from the shops. May God bless you with wisdom, love and the understanding to know who is the one true God, in Jesus name, Amen!

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