The Book of Isaiah-Is.44:8-20- “God: deconstructed

Dictionary gives two meanings to the word deconstruct. One meaning is in context of analyzing a text into ideas or concepts. Second meaning arises from breaking down an existing object and reassembling the parts not necessarily for the original purpose. Prophet Isaiah points to Israel the folly of deconstructed pagan gods and their worship of gods which are no gods. These stand no comparison to the real God, the Holy One of Israel.
We are considering Deconstruction in the second sense. What would this mean? In the epistle to the Romans St Paul explains how God is abased because the imagination of man is clouded by sin (which in turn allows a foolish heart) to give free run for impulses that are normally associated with it. In pagan worship fertility rites formed a staple part of service. Self-harm and flagellation and even human sacrifices were demanded in order to please some gods. Our Savior Lord explained to what such cultus owed. Poor foolish human heart of course. “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,/Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:/ All these evil things come from within, and defile the man(Matt.7:21-23).
Now for the quote from the Romans. “Changing the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like unto a man, and to birds…” St. Paul says by deconstruction they changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen” (Ro.1:20,23,25)

9 They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed.

10 Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?

11 Behold, all his fellows shall be ashamed: and the workmen, they are of men: let them all be gathered together, let them stand up; yet they shall fear, and they shall be ashamed together.

12 The smith with the tongs both worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh it with the strength of his arms: yea, he is hungry, and his strength faileth: he drinketh no water, and is faint.

13 The carpenter stretcheth out his rule; he marketh it out with a line; he fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it out with the compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man; that it may remain in the house.

14 He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it.

15 Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto.

16 He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire:

And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god(v.17)”.
A cedar or an oak has its own natural beauty and it drinks water from heaven and draws its sustenance from the soil. God as the Maker of of heaven and the earth provided for trees beasts and man their upkeep. That speaks of the glory of God. To hew down an ancient sentinel of time one part goes for firewood and another for the rafters and beams to support the roof of a dwelling-place. Another piece is used by a carpenter to carve an idol. He is worshiping what he has found use to keep warm and cook his pottage. It serves for him his god. What idol he made is no better than other uses he found. Similarly gold panned from some riverbed goes to the mint and part of it to be made into ornaments and fillings for teeth. Yet we have those who worship it with due reverence they give to God. Serving mammon has become a cultus practiced by Modern churches in no whit different from the foolish pagans. This is how modern churches have deconstructed God. What does Prophet Isaiah says to them. Verses from 18 to 20 ought to be read with care. Those who worship prosperity and make a theology of it have developed a deceived heart condition.

18 They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand.

19 And none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it: and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall down to the stock of a tree?

20 He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

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About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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