Subjected to Being an Idol

Jesus delivered himself up to being seen as the worthless idols of pagan religion.

Look at Isaiah 46:1-2:

Bel bows down; Nebo stoops;
their idols are on beasts and livestock;
these things you carry are borne
as burdens on weary beasts.
They stoop; they bow down together;
they cannot save the burden,
but themselves go into captivity.

Bel and Nebo were high ranking Babylonian gods, whose images (literally “idols”) were carried on the backs of beasts of burden during the Babylonian New Year’s celebration. Isaiah is using this image to illustrate the impotency of these gods, who will be instead carried on the backs of donkeys and horses and camels into captivity. These gods are impotent to save–themselves or anyone. They bow down and stoop before the only living God. They are revealed to be not-God at all.

Consider the similarities of the fates of these gods to that of Jesus:

1. Jesus was carried by a beast of burden in Jerusalem

2. Jesus was the “image of the invisible God”.

3. Jesus was delivered into the captivity of death.

4. Jesus was accused on the cross of not being able to save himself.

What then is the difference between the God-man Jesus, who was subjected to the shame of the idols fate in Isaiah 46?

1. He freely gave himself up to this shame. He became rich that we might become poor.

2. He was vindicated by Resurrection; because unlike the gods of Babylon, he is the one true God.

But consider the profound implications that Jesus subjected himself to the shame of being a “not-God”. He was stripped of everything that looked like divinity, and instead took on the scorn of the shame of the pagan’s idols.

And he did this for us.


About Danny Slavich

I am a Christian husband, father, pastor, and poet. I lead Pembroke Road Baptist Church a multi-cultural, multi-generational church in urban South Florida.
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One Response to Subjected to Being an Idol

  1. nathanwells says:

    Maybe another difference between Christ and an idol made of wood or stone is that people actually worship and serve those created idols, whereas with Jesus, “He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.” (John 1:11)

    How foolish idolatry is, and yet how blind we are.

    “No one recalls, nor is there knowledge or understanding to say, “I have burned half of it in the fire and also have baked bread over its coals. I roast meat and eat it. Then I make the rest of it into an abomination, I fall down before a block of wood!”” (Isaiah 44:19)

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