Summary: Do Americans worship idols? Isaiah 40:18-28 provides a powerful message against idol worship, the thinking that goes along with it, what causes it, and the solution.
Top 10 American Idols
18 To whom, then, will you compare God? 19 How can you compare anything like Him to an idol that is formed by a craftsman, overlaid with melted down gold, and decorated with chains of melted down silver? 20 If people are too poor to make such a contribution, they select wood that will not rot and find an artist who can make an idol that will not fall over. (All Bible text is from The Bible for a New Generation - www.bible4ang.com)
If you go to India, there are temples and shrines where you can go to see idols. If you go into a person's home, you will also find idols. Many countries are like this but America is not. Where are idols in America? There are none. Or are there?
What is an idol? a substitute for God
Ask the people to guess what the top ten American idols are.
8 collecting - stamps, art, antiques, cars
10 good luck items
Do you have any of these idols around the house?
What is your idol?
What does your idol provide for you?
How does you idol compare to God?
21 Do you not know? Have you not heard? Hasn't it always been told to you? Haven't you understood since the earth began? 22 He sits above the circle of the earth. Those that sit in the earth are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the sky like a curtain and spreads it out like a tent to live in. 23 He reduces leaders to nothing and makes the judges of the earth meaningless. 24 No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they thrown onto the ground, no sooner do they take root in the ground, than he blows on them and they dry up. A storm blows them away like husks of grain.
What would a true likeness of God be like?
25 "To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?" says the Sacred One. 26 Turn your eyes to the sky and see who has created these things. He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of the greatness of his strength and his strong energy, not one of them is missing.
Why is it that people use idols?
Describe the law against idols. Exodus 20:4-6
27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and claim, O Israel, "My way is hidden from Jehovah. I have escaped from God's judgement"? 28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? Jehovah is the eternal God, the Creator of the farthest parts of the earth. He does not get tired or fatigued. No one can fathom his understanding.
Why is it that people use idols? (look at what these verses said)
You say, "My way is hidden from God" (my way - not my idols, but the way you use your idol to replace God, the way you take the true benefits of God, push them aside and say your idol will provide those). You say, "God will not judge me" or "God does not care about my idol worship". You think that God has quit and left.
Idols are a substitue
Why do people make idols? because they don't want to wait
Explain waiting - in a business where the customer is king a waiter or sales clerk waits on the customer, a servant waits on his master, an employee waits on his boss, ordinary people wait on kings, even more so WE MUST WAIT ON GOD