The SHEPHERD | Danilo Q. Junco
“To whom you liken Me?”
This was the question by God to the Jewish people in particular and to all the people of the world in general through Prophet Isaiah as the former whom God delivered them from the tyrant Pharaoh king of Egypt had forsaken Him by worshipping idols or images made by craftsman, goldsmith and silversmith as their gods.
God said they have eyes but cannot see, ears but cannot hear, mouths but cannot speak, feet but cannot walk, they are totally useless and cannot save them when calamities strike them.
He said I cannot give my glory to another and praise these idols or images that these people are carrying and worshipping saying “these are your gods.”
In rhetorical questions, God said, “Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is I who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. I bring the princes to nothing; I make the judges of the earth useless.”
Then God continued to say, “To whom then will you liken Me, or to whom shall I be equal? Lift up your eyes on high, and see who has created these things, who brings out their host by number; I call them all by name, by the greatness of My might and the strength of My power; and not one is missing” (Isaiah 40:18-26).
Previous to Isaiah 40, especially in chapter 36-39 Assyria as an empire had already conquered many nations, including Israel, the Northern Kingdom, because of the sins of idolatry and iniquities. God already told King Solomon that Israel would be divided because the latter’s heart was divided due to his many wives and mistresses and also worshipping the wives’ gods.
And then Assyria threatened Judah, the Southern Kingdom, to conquer it if King Hezekiah would not surrender and serve King Sennacherib of Assyria.
Judah was surrounded by the armies of Assyria and taunted the God of Judah whom Hezekiah trusted with all his heart. He followed the footsteps of the late King David through the guidance of Prophet Isaiah, son of Amos.
But Hezekiah did not yield to the demands of King Sennacherib through Rabshakeh boasting the many nations that they conquered and their gods helped them not along with Israel.
Instead, Hezekiah prayed to God saying “O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Incline Your ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God. Truly, Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste to all the nations and their lands, and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands—wood and stone. Therefore, they destroyed them. Now therefore, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord, You alone” (Isaiah 37:16-20).
And God heard Hezekiah’s prayer and sent an angel on that night killing all the 185,000 armies of King Sennacherib (Isaiah 37:36-38).
Seeing that his armies were all slaughtered, King Sennacherib went back to Assyria and worshipped his god Nisroch but his two sons Adrammelech and Sharezer killed him (Isaiah 37:37-38).
God has overlooked our ignorance for worshipping idols or images made of wood and stone but now has commanded us to repent and all the people of the world as He appointed His Son Jesus Christ to judge the living and the dead when He comes back on earth (Acts 17:30-31).
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