Have you at any point considered that timeframe when Jehovah stayed alone, with no of the works of His creation? There was a period in time everlasting before the sun at any point gave its light. There was a period before the stars drifted in the sky. Some time ago all that you and I can now observe was yet unborn, sleeping in the brain of God.
Prior to the formation of the sun, the moon, the stars and the planets of the Milky Way, there was a God, and He was honored for eternity. Albeit no holy messengers yet hymned His commends, He sat as a King on His everlasting royal position. “Prior to the mountains were delivered, or ever You had framed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God” (Psa. 90:2).
During the time spent time, it satisfied the Father to make this world and all things in that through His Son. “For by Him all things were made that are in paradise and that are on earth, unmistakable and imperceptible, regardless of whether positions of royalty or domains or territories or forces. All things were made through Him and for Him. Also, He is before all things, and in Him all things comprise” (Col. 1:16-17).
Have you at any point considered how unendingly sub-par we are to God? We can hear the colossal prophet Isaiah say, “O Lord, You are our Father; we are the dirt, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand” (Isa. 64:8). Over the span of human occasions Jehovah has attempted to instruct humankind that He is God, and next to Him “there is no other” (Isa. 45:22).
At the point when the ruler of Assyria undermined Israel, the great ruler Hezekiah unassumingly implored, “O Lord God of Israel, the One who abides between the cherubim, You are God, only you, of the considerable number of kingdoms of the earth. You have made paradise and earth” (2 Kings 19:15). He at that point importuned Jehovah to “hear the expressions of Sennacherib, which he has sent to rebuke the living God” and “spare us from his hand, that every one of the kingdoms of the earth may realize that You are the Lord God, only you” (2 Kings 19:16, 19).
Give us a chance to look at how God has been showing this incredible lesson to the world all through written history.
A Lesson Taught To Idolaters
Mankind’s history records how men would frequently set up a square of wood or stone to be his producer. “Claiming to be savvy, they moved toward becoming numb-skulls, and changed the wonderfulness of the morally sound God into a picture made like corruptible man – and winged animals and four-footed mammoths and crawling things” (Rom. 1:22-23). He at that point prostrated his body before the animal of his hands – calling it god, while it had neither one of the eyeses to see, or hands to feel, nor ears to listen.
Where are those divine beings before whom the general population of Nineveh once fell? You would need to ask the moles and the snakes, in light of the fact that those divine beings are presently covered underneath hills of soil and mud. Then again, you could go to the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago and see their remaining parts there, and grin as you feel that men ought to have at any point bowed before such divine beings, for example, these. God has talked concerning the divine forces of Nineveh, saying, “Your name might be sustained at no time in the future. Out of the place of your divine beings I will remove the cut picture and the shaped picture. I will burrow your grave, for you are terrible” (Nahum 1:14).
Where are the divine forces of Persia? The flames of their sacrificial stones are extinguished, and the memory of them has about passed far from the earth.
Where are the divine forces of Greece – those divine beings who were once hymned in the most magnificent tributes? Who discusses them now? Just those in the lobbies of the scholarly world, as they study long overlooked relics of the past. Where is Zeus, the divine force of the sky, climate, thunder and lightning? Where is Nike, the winged goddess of triumph? Where is Athena, the warrior-goddess who was the epitome of astuteness and the protectress of Athens? Who now remains before Jupiter or bows before Saturn?
Where are the divine forces of Rome? Does Janus, the god who as far as anyone knows floated over family units, now summon any sanctuary? Will you now discover the ministers of Jove today? Where is Bacchus, the divine force of grapes and wine? Are there any now who bow before these divine beings? No! They have lost their positions of royalty.
A Lesson Taught To Empires
Extraordinary domains have ascended, and have turned into the divine forces of their age. Lords and rulers have taken upon themselves high titles, and have been loved by the hoards. By and by, ask these realms now whether there is any close to Jehovah?
God instructed the Egyptians that He was God. “The Egyptians considered consecrated the lion, the bull, the smash, the wolf, the pooch, the feline, the ibis, the vulture, the hawk, the hippopotamus, the crocodile, the cobra, the dolphin, diverse assortments of fish, trees, and little creatures including the frog, scarab, beetle and different creepy crawlies.” (John Davis, Moses and the Gods of Egypt, p. 95).
I think many individuals overlook what’s really important of the sicknesses God sent against Egypt amid the times of Moses. In some cases individuals get so wrapped up in contemplating insects and grasshoppers that they overlook the motivation behind the maladies. The sicknesses were not simply to be a burden to the Egyptians – they were intended to educate the Egyptians about the power and may of Jehovah. It appears as if each torment was an immediate attack against at least one of the divine forces of Egypt. God told Moses, “Yet Pharaoh won’t regard you, so I may lay My hand on Egypt and bring My armed forces and My kin, the offspring of Israel, out of the place that is known for Egypt by awesome judgments. Furthermore, the Egyptians should realize that I am the Lord, when I extend My hand on Egypt and draw out the offspring of Israel from among them.” (Exodus 7:4-5). At the demise of the firstborn, Jehovah stated, “against every one of the divine forces of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord” (Exodus 12:12).
Yet, where is Amon-Re, the preeminent lord of Egypt? His sanctuary in Karnak now lies in remnants. Where is Isis, the mother goddess of richness and nature? Where is Osiris, the divine force of the dead and of the black market? Where is Horus, the divine force of light – the god spoken to as a bird of prey headed man wearing a sun plate as a crown? Were is Ptah, the main divine force of Memphis, the one whom they accepted made the moon, the sun, and the earth?
Consider the Babylonian Empire. She who was incredible among the countries – where is she now? You could go to Iraq and remain upon the hills that once housed probably the most dreaded multitudes of the world – yet it is currently shrouded in sand and overlooked by time. You could remain upon the hills of old Nineveh and let those shrouded ruins advise you that there is yet one God and domains sink before Him.
Go to Greece and stroll in the midst of the old sanctuaries where the witness Paul once voyaged. Review how Paul educated the Athenians concerning the God “who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of paradise and earth, does not abide in sanctuaries made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, just as He required anything, since He provides for all life, breath, and all things” (Acts 17:24-25). As you stroll through the numerous sanctuaries in Athens it is as if you hear a grave voice in the midst of those remnants saying, “I am God, and there is no other.”
A Lesson Taught To Monarchs
Nebuchadnezzar needed to find out about the way of God the most difficult way possible. Will you not picture him with the crown on his head and his purple robe over his shoulders as he strolls through glad Babylon? Daniel had as of now disclosed to him that God “changes the circumstances and the seasons; He evacuates rulers and raises up rulers” (Dan. 2:21). In any case, it seems like he soon overlooked this lesson, and what a voyage he needed to make! (Dan. 4:1-37). Nebuchadnezzar needed to discover that “every one of the occupants of the earth are rumored as nothing; He does as indicated by His will in the armed force of paradise and among the tenants of the earth. Nobody can limit His hand or say to Him, ‘What have You done?'” (Dan. 4:35).
Herod Agrippa I was stricken by a heavenly attendant of the Lord in the theater worked by Herod the Great (Acts 12:20-23). Josephus said Herod passed on following five days of torment. God to be sure lowers the glad and demeans the relentless.
“Presently, when Agrippa had ruled three years over all Judea, he went to the city Caesarea, which was once in the past called Strato’s Tower; and there he displayed appears out of appreciation for Caesar, upon his being educated that there was a sure celebration celebrated to make promises for his wellbeing. At which celebration, an extraordinary large number was gotten together of the chief people, and, for example, were of respect through his territory. On the second day of which shows he put on a piece of clothing made entirely of silver, and of a contexture genuinely awesome, and came into the theater at a young hour in the morning; at which time the silver of his article of clothing being enlightened by the new impression of the sun’s beams upon it, shone out after an astounding way, and was so brilliant as to spread a loathsomeness over those that looked eagerly upon him; and by and by his toadies shouted out, one from one place, and another from another (however not for his great), that he was a divine being; and they included, ‘Be thou benevolent to us; for in spite of the fact that we have up to this point reverenced thee just as a man, yet might we hereafter claim thee as better than mortal nature.’ Upon this the ruler did neither reproach them, nor dismiss their iconoclastic sweet talk.” (Josephus, Antiq. 19.8.2).
Think about the fall of the Soviet Union. It has not been that since a long time ago we saw old traditions tremble and silver haired despots driven from their royal residences. We watched president Ronald Reagan remain before the Berlin Wall and say, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear this divider down.” Then in November of 1989 we sat by our TVs and watched the cranes destroy the divider that had isolated the East from the West for more than an era, and they toppled the statues of Stalin and Lenin. It was as if we saw Jehovah put His foot upon land and ocean, and with His hands inspired cry – “Hear you individuals of the earth! I am God, and adjacent to me there is no other.”
A Lesson Taught To Wise Men Of The World
There have dependably been the individuals who tried to set themselves up in the place of God. One of the best foes of Truth has been the wisdom.