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Thursday, June 16, 2016

God With Skin On (Psalm 115:3-8)

 "Our God is in heaven;
he does whatever pleases him.
But their idols are silver and gold,
made by the hands of men.
They have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but they cannot hear,
noses, but they cannot smell;
they have hands, but cannot feel,
feet, but they cannot walk;
nor can they utter a sound with their throats.
Those who make them will be like them,
and so will all who trust in them."

Men and women are theomorphic, having the form or likeness of God. God created us with eyes so that we would know that He sees, ears, so that we could know that He hears, and a mouth so that we would know that He communicates. Instead of coming to the Living God Israel worships idols with carved relational attributes.

Many people throughout the history of mankind make and worship statues with eyes, ears, and a mouth; they demonstrate that they innately know that they are created for relationship with God. Israel, of all the peoples of the world, had a unique relationship with the Living God. He came to dwell in their midst, to be their God. Early in their history the people preferred that Moses relate to God on their behalf revealing the natural bent of man away from God. While Moses was up on the mount receiving instructions from God the people below demanded that Aaron give them a god that they could see and bow down to, revealing both man's innate need to worship something beyond themselves and their bent away from God.

The Apostle Paul expresses it this way, "men who suppress the truth . . . because what may be known of God is manifest [evident] in them, for God has shown it to them . . . they became fools and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man . . . (Romans 1:18-23). People all over the world settle for man-made gods/idols with human attributes because deep down inside they recognize the need for relationship with God.

The Apostle Paul also describes Jesus as "the image of the invisible God" (Colossians 1:15).

The Heavenly Father has made Himself known through the Lord Jesus Christ, God with skin on, with eyes and ears to see and hear the plight of the leper, the poor, the grieving mother and widow, the heart-emptiness of the prostitute, and the hard-heartedness of the Pharisee. Those who worship idols need to hear about the God with skin on, the Lord Jesus Christ.


Finally, the Apostle Paul makes us all who know the truth responsible for telling idol worshipers about the Living God and His Son the Lord Jesus Christ, "How then can they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!" (Romans 10:14-15). What will we do with the good news that God is knowable through the Lord Jesus Christ?

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
Psalm 104
  • Make a list of the attributes of God that are described in this Psalm.
  • How does this Psalm portray the relational nature of God?
Psalm 114
  • What does this Psalm communicate about God's relationship with Israel?
Psalm 115
  • How does the description of idols compare with Psalm's 104 description of the Living God?
1 Kings 20:1-43
  • How does Ahab respond to Ben-Hahad's threats?
  • Why does the LORD defend Ahab against Ben-Hadad's attack?
  • Describe Ben-Hadad's view of Israel's God.
  • Why does Ahab free Ben-Hadad?
  • How does the LORD confront Ahab's foolishness?
  • How does Ahab respond to the prophet's rebuke?
  • What does this story teach you about God?
Turning truth into prayer
Thank the LORD that you live in a country where you were able to hear the good news of Jesus Christ. Pray for those in other lands who worship idols. Pray that God will raise up men and women in our generation who will go and tell them about the God with skin on, the Lord Jesus Christ.