IT’S ALL ABOUT STATUES

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Every day it’s something new, but is it really?  In the last few weeks we’ve heard about the demolishing or desecration of statues and images of those who were memorialized for their accomplishments.  Some would argue that statues are simply images or representations and there really is no need for them.  Some believe they are creating a negative influence over the people that were hurt in some way by the image.  They are nothing but bronze and stone.  There is no life in them.

God told His people not to have  graven images when he wrote the Ten Commandments.  However He was talking about images that were being worshiped as gods.

There was once a king who determined that he was a god.  The fact that he deemed himself worthy of such honor, demanded a golden image of himself be created.  It was also mandated that the people would bow down and worship him as a god.  This was the kind of graven image God was talking about.

There were three Hebrew slaves that refused to bow down to the statue.  Their names were Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  The book of Daniel, Chapter 3 is the source of this story of faith.  They refused to worship the idol. When King Nebuchadnezzar heard of this disobedience, he sent them to the fiery furnace to be incinerated.

This story is one we probably all heard in Sunday school.  It’s one of those stories that seems filled with impossibilities.  It could be another super hero story that kids seem to love.  It has all the elements.  These three young men were sentenced to certain death.  They were not afraid.  They were willing to die for their beliefs.  They walked to their death convinced that their God would rescue them and even if they died they would never disobey Him.  Their faith is what brought them through the flames and heat.  Their God would not fail them.  He stood with them in that furnace and cooled the raging fire around them, making it possible for them to survive.

The results of this miracle caused the king to set out a decree:

“Any people, nation, or language that speaks anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins, for there is no other god who is able to rescue in this way.”  Daniel 3:29

Obviously the king was a pretty violent guy, but the fact of this story is that he saw the power of the true God and was moved to acknowledge Him.

This is a great lesson in faith.  Our faith is what draws us to our Savior.  His Spirit works in us through that faith and we are bound to God, the Father because of it.

There is no other God.

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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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5 Responses to IT’S ALL ABOUT STATUES

  1. I agree, there is a difference between statues that are meant to commemorate an historical figure, and idols that are intended for worship.

    Have you ever known someone in life, whose likeness was made into a statue after their death? I have. A U.S. Marine Corps officer, a veteran of the Korean war, was a roommate of my husband’s back in 2005, when they were both in the hospital as patients. Although Captain Murphy was very sick when I met him, he still had that command presence. When he died two years later, the Veterans hospital in Albuquerque was named after him, and a larger than life bronze statue of Captain Murphy, a Medal of Honor recipient, was erected in front of the hospital.

    Every time I look at that statue and remember the living man it represents, it seems very surreal. I would hate to see any harm done to his statue. But… I certainly don’t worship it!!

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  2. I loved that story so that when I graduated college and moved off for my first job, I got a kitten— I named her Meshach — she lived a long life and I loved her dearly

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      How’s Percy doing?

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      • You must have sensed a slight bump— but all is well—I had to take him Tuesday to have some of his remaining teeth ground down as they puncture his lower jaw and lip. The vet was a little concerned about one of the remaining sideways teeth and felt she may have ground mire than she should and might just need to pull it— his worth and teeth were so jacked up when he found us— the byproduct of being flung at the road sign as a new kitten— aren’t some people just stellar examples of humankind 😡
        Then Alice our black lab grand dog is getting old— she went in yesterday with pancreatitis but got to come home to them today—
        Our animals and the fortune invested 😬
        Thank you for asking— or is that sensing🥰

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