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Watch the Throne

Sept 13, 2020 - Schuyler Vowell

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Isaiah 44:6-23

“This is what the Lord says—

    Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty:

I am the first and I am the last;

    apart from me there is no God.

Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it.

    Let him declare and lay out before me

what has happened since I established my ancient people,

    and what is yet to come—

    yes, let them foretell what will come.

Do not tremble, do not be afraid.

    Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago?

You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me?

    No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.”

All who make idols are nothing,

    and the things they treasure are worthless.

Those who would speak up for them are blind;

    they are ignorant, to their own shame.


Who shapes a god and casts an idol,

    which can profit nothing?


People who do that will be put to shame;

    such craftsmen are only human beings.

Let them all come together and take their stand;

    they will be brought down to terror and shame.


The blacksmith takes a tool

    and works with it in the coals;

he shapes an idol with hammers,

    he forges it with the might of his arm.

He gets hungry and loses his strength;

    he drinks no water and grows faint.


The carpenter measures with a line

    and makes an outline with a marker;

he roughs it out with chisels

    and marks it with compasses.

He shapes it in human form,

    human form in all its glory,

    that it may dwell in a shrine.


He cut down cedars,

    or perhaps took a cypress or oak.

He let it grow among the trees of the forest,

    or planted a pine, and the rain made it grow.


It is used as fuel for burning;

    some of it he takes and warms himself,

    he kindles a fire and bakes bread.

But he also fashions a god and worships it;

    he makes an idol and bows down to it.


Half of the wood he burns in the fire;

    over it he prepares his meal,

    he roasts his meat and eats his fill.

He also warms himself and says,

    “Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.”


From the rest he makes a god, his idol;

    he bows down to it and worships.

He prays to it and says,

    “Save me! You are my god!”


They know nothing, they understand nothing;

    their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see,

    and their minds closed so they cannot understand.


No one stops to think,

    no one has the knowledge or understanding to say,

“Half of it I used for fuel;

    I even baked bread over its coals,

    I roasted meat and I ate.

Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left?

    Shall I bow down to a block of wood?”


Such a person feeds on ashes; a deluded heart misleads him;

    he cannot save himself, or say,

    “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?”


“Remember these things, Jacob,

    for you, Israel, are my servant.

I have made you, you are my servant;

    Israel, I will not forget you.


I have swept away your offenses like a cloud,

    your sins like the morning mist.

Return to me,

    for I have redeemed you.”


Sing for joy, you heavens, for the Lord has done this;

    shout aloud, you earth beneath.

Burst into song, you mountains,

    you forests and all your trees,

for the Lord has redeemed Jacob,

    he displays his glory in Israel.

Proverbs 4:23: Above all, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." 

Judah had a "deluded heart" and they worshiped man-made idols that had no power to save. 

Who is on the throne of your heart? 

Is it the King or His creation? 

Do we worship God or the things he gives us. 

Too many of us worship the blessings instead of the Blesser

Colossians 3:5: "Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, covetousness, which is idolatry." 

We must put to death the idols of our hearts and take them off the throne. 

How do we remove idols in our lives? 

Recognize - We must recognize our idols - Possessions, Power, Politics, Pleasure 

Repent - Isaiah reveals to us that God will forgive us of our idolatry. We must repent and be forgiven. 

Revere - We must revere God alone. "I am the first and the last. besides me there is no god."