God’s Renewing Word of Thankfulness and Praise
Jeremiah 10:1-16: In today’s reading, the prophet warns the people to avoid idolatry and points out the foolishness in worshiping other gods. The reading concludes with a hymn of praise to God.
Idolatry and True Worship
10 People of Israel, listen to the message that the Lord has for you. 2 He says,
“Do not follow the ways of other nations;
do not be disturbed by unusual sights in the sky,
even though other nations are terrified.
3 The religion of these people is worthless.
A tree is cut down in the forest;
it is carved by the tools of the woodworker
4 and decorated with silver and gold.
It is fastened down with nails
to keep it from falling over.
5 Such idols are like scarecrows in a field of melons;
they cannot speak;
they have to be carried
because they cannot walk.
Do not be afraid of them:
they can cause you no harm,
and they can do you no good.”
6 Lord, there is no one like you;
you are mighty,
and your name is great and powerful.
7 Who would not honor you, the king of all nations?
You deserve to be honored.
There is no one like you
among all the wise men of the nations
or among any of their kings.
8 All of them are stupid and foolish.
What can they learn from wooden idols?
9 Their idols are covered with silver from Spain
and with gold from Uphaz,
all the work of artists;
they are dressed in violet and purple cloth
woven by skilled weavers.
10 But you, Lord, are the true God,
you are the living God
and the eternal king.
When you are angry, the world trembles;
the nations cannot endure your anger.
(11 You people must tell them that the gods who did not make the earth and the sky will be destroyed. They will no longer exist anywhere on earth.)
A Hymn of Praise to God
12 The Lord made the earth by his power;
by his wisdom he created the world
and stretched out the heavens.
13 At his command the waters above the sky[b] roar;
he brings clouds from the ends of the earth.
He makes lightning flash in the rain
and sends the wind from his storeroom.
14 At the sight of this, people feel stupid and senseless;
those who make idols are disillusioned,
because the gods they make are false and lifeless.
15 They are worthless and should be despised;
they will be destroyed when the Lord comes to deal with them.
16 The God of Jacob is not like them;
he is the one who made everything,
and he has chosen Israel to be his very own people.
The Lord Almighty is his name.
TODAY’S KEY VERSE: JEREMIAH 10:6
LORD, there is no one like you; you are mighty, and your name is great and powerful.
To what does Jeremiah compare idols (verse 5)? What do you think of this description? How does Jeremiah describe the LORD (verses 6, 7, 10)? What do find most striking in Jeremiah’s comparison of false gods to the one true God?
Holy God, LORD Almighty is your name. There is no one like you, and I praise your great and powerful name. You made everything, and you are the true and living God. May all I do and say this day bring honor and glory to you. Amen.
Psalm 30: A prayer of thanksgiving.