Idols of Wealth and Security

Isaiah 2:7-8 (ESV), “Their land is filled with silver and gold, and there is no end to their treasures; their land is filled with horses, and there is no end to their chariots. Their land is filled with idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their own fingers have made.”

The land ‘filled with silver and gold’ tells us God had blessed them financially, allowing them to amass great wealth. The land ‘filled with horses [and chariots]’ is an indication of military might and security. They we safe in their land and secure from outside attack because they were well armed with the tank of their day—chariots.

The people of God were wealthy and secure. But the last sentence tells us they responded to God’s blessings by filling the land with idols. In the place of God, who created and blessed them with his own hands, they created gods with their own hands, crediting those idols with their blessings.

In our day and culture, few would set up a statue and worship it. Few would bring offerings to it and ask it for blessings. Few would credit such a statue with bringing the good things of life. But are we that different from them?

We actually differ very little. We may not make statues, but we do raise created objects to the place only God belongs. 

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Ken Cluck
Senior Pastor at Resurgent
Ken has served in various cultures and settings, including two Native American reservations, rural communities, Korean churches, and has worked with Asian refugees living in the US.

Ken's passions are Theology, Philosophy (especially Philosophy of Religion, Ethics and Logic), History and Politics.

Ken has been married to his wife, Yong, since 1987. She is the center of his world and the greatest joy of his life.