Work of Man vs. God

Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder: blue and purple is their clothing: they are all the work of cunning men.  But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.

Jeremiah 10:9-10

As we read through the Bible, we can’t help but notice that over and over again the Lord compares Himself to the work of men’s hands.  While that may seem at first glance to be a ridiculous comparison, the Lord makes it over and over again in the Bible.  Why?  The only reason I can come up with is the simple fact that we need it.

In these particular verses, He mentions silver being spread into plates being brought in from Tarshish and gold coming from Uphaz.  These were probably very nice and ornate things.  It takes a skilled craftsman to work with metals and make them into something beautiful.  The men who made these things were skilled.  The objects that they created were no doubt beautiful and valuable.  The Bible describes them as “cunning men.”  There are many nice things all around us today.  There are many nice things that are result of peoples’ great skill and intelligence.

But they are not God.  These verses tell us that at His wrath “the earth shall tremble.”  Entire nations can not stand before Him.  He is the everlasting King.  But how often do we “worship” those other things?  How often do we spend our lives and our time obsessing about things that were made with mens’ hands?  How often do we ignore the God of the universe in favor of earthly things? 

The more I think about it, the more I begin to understand why the Lord needs to remind us so often that He is God and the things that we so often work so hard for are not.  Because we need it.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks, Ben

    We need that reminder more often than we think. Thanks for the heads-up.



  2. Ben, that’s what I thought of a lot through all of the laws and ordinances put in place in the Old Testament. It would be really hard to forget Him when so much of your daily activity revolved around Him. Though Jesus became the new covenant for us, I still need to make sure my days revolve around Him. God bless you for so faithfully studying God’s word and bringing it to us!


    • It’s so easy to let that slip and start going through the day not focused on Him. And that is a great point about the people in the Old Testament that I had not thought of before. How do you forget God when everything in your life revolves around Him? I guess it’s the same as us- human nature.


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