THE FOOLISHNESS OF WORSHIPING CLAY IDOLS AND THE PUNISHMENT OF THE EGYPTIANS (DAY 7)

INTRODUCTION

Today, Solomon reveals the foolishness of potters who make clay idols and those who worship these clay gods. But he blames the potters the more because they waste their labour and time shipping a useless god out of the same clay that he uses to make pots and lead idol worship astray. 

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These set of people forget that God made them from dust and clay some time ago but how can someone worship a god that you know it origin and its age out of punishment Solomon placed a curse on such people, that they lives will be short.
Who do you worship?

 
According to Solomon, another set of foolish people were the Egyptians who oppress the people of God. Not only did they persecute God’s people. But they also worship idols. These people were so foolish that they wanted to challenge the Almighty God when he informed them to release his people Israel, but God showed them his power and sovereignty. He punished them with ten plagues which destroyed their lands and their sons and first born. 


He also struck them with terror day and night. God tortured the Egyptians until they confirmed his power and might eat all these while God had been protecting the Israelites from the hands of these wicked Egyptians while the Israelites were in the desert, God provided manna for them to eat. His light shine on them while the Egyptians were punished. 

Do you need the light of God?

TODAY’S READING (Wisdom 15.7-18.19)

Now read the teachings and quotes of Solomon for today

THE FOOLISHNESS OF WORSHIPPING CLAY IDOLS (15.7-15.13)

7 A potter kneads the soft earth and laboriously molds each vessel for our service, fashioning out of the same clay both the vessels that serve clean uses and those for contrary uses, making all alike; but which shall be the use of each of them the worker in clay decides.
8 With misspent toil, these workers form a futile god from the same clay — these mortals who were made of earth a short time before and after a little while go to the earth from which all mortals are taken, when the time comes to return the souls that were borrowed.
9 But the workers are not concerned that mortals are destined to die or that their life is brief, but they compete with workers in gold and silver, and imitate workers in copper; and they count it a glorious thing to mold counterfeit gods.
10 Their heart is ashes, their hope is cheaper than dirt, and their lives are of less worth than clay,
11 because they failed to know the one who formed them and inspired them with active souls and breathed a living spirit into them.
12 But they considered our existence an idle game, and life a festival held for profit, for they say one must get money however one can, even by base means.
13 For these persons, more than all others, know that they sin when they make from earthy matter fragile vessels and carved images.

THE PUNISHMENT OF THE EGYPTIANS (15.14-16.14)

14 But most foolish, and more miserable than an infant, are all the enemies who oppressed your people.
15 For they thought that all their heathen idols were gods, though these have neither the use of their eyes to see with, nor nostrils with which to draw breath, nor ears with which to hear, nor fingers to feel with, and their feet are of no use for walking.
16 For a human being made them, and one whose spirit is borrowed formed them; for none can form gods that are like themselves.
17 People are mortal, and what they make with lawless hands is dead; for they are better than the objects they worship, since they have life, but the idols never had.
18 Moreover, they worship even the most hateful animals, which are worse than all others when judged by their lack of intelligence;
19 and even as animals they are not so beautiful in appearance that one would desire them, but they have escaped both the praise of
God and his blessing.
1 Therefore those people were deservedly punished through such creatures, and were tormented by a multitude of animals.
2 Instead of this punishment you showed kindness to your people, and you prepared quails to eat, a delicacy to satisfy the desire of appetite;
3 in order that those people, when they desired food, might lose the least remnant of appetite because of the odious creatures sent to them, while your people, after suffering want a short time, might partake of delicacies.
4 For it was necessary that upon those oppressors inescapable want should come, while to these others it was merely shown how their enemies were being tormented.
5 For when the terrible rage of wild animals came upon your people and they were being destroyed by the bites of writhing serpents, your wrath did not continue to the end;
6 they were troubled for a little while as a warning, and received a symbol of deliverance to remind them of your law's command.
7 For the one who turned toward it was saved, not by the thing that was beheld, but by you, the Savior of all.
8 And by this also you convinced our enemies that it is you who deliver from every evil.
9 For they were killed by the bites of locusts and flies, and no healing was found for them, because they deserved to be punished by such things.
10 But your children were not conquered even by the fangs of venomous serpents, for your mercy came to their help and healed them.
11 To remind them of your oracles they were bitten, and then were quickly delivered, so that they would not fall into deep forgetfulness and become unresponsive to your kindness.
12 For neither herbs nor poultice cured them, but it was your word, O Lord that heals all people.
13 For you have power over life and death; you lead mortals down to the gates of Hades and back again.
14 A person in wickedness kills another, but cannot bring back the departed spirit, or set free the imprisoned soul.

DISASTROUS STRAINS HIT EGYPT (16.15-16.19)

15 To escape from your hand is impossible;
16 for the ungodly, refusing to know you, were flogged by the strength of your arm, pursued by unusual rains and hail and relentless storms, and utterly consumed by fire.
17 For — most incredible of all — in water, which quenches all things, the fire had still greater effect, for the universe defends the righteous.
18 At one time the flame was restrained, so that it might not consume the creatures sent against the ungodly, but that seeing this they might know that they were being pursued by the judgment of God;
19 and at another time even in the midst of water it burned more intensely than fire, to destroy the crops of the unrighteous land.

THE ISRAELITES RECEIVE MANNA TO EAT (16-20-16.29)

20 Instead of these things you gave your people food of angels, and without their toil you supplied them from heaven with bread ready to eat, providing every pleasure and suited to every taste.
21 For your sustenance manifested your sweetness toward your children; and the bread, ministering to the desire of the one who took it, was changed to suit everyone's liking.
22 Snow and ice withstood fire without melting, so that they might know that the crops of their enemies were being destroyed by the fire that blazed in the hail and flashed in the showers of rain;
23 whereas the fire, in order that the righteous might be fed, even forgot its native power.
24 For creation, serving you who made it, exerts itself to punish the unrighteous, and in kindness relaxes on behalf of those who trust in you.
25 Therefore at that time also, changed into all forms, it served your all-nourishing bounty, according to the desire of those who had need,
26 so that your children, whom you loved, O Lord, might learn that it is not the production of crops that feeds humankind but that your word sustains those who trust in you.
27 For what was not destroyed by fire was melted when simply warmed by a fleeting ray of the sun,
28 to make it known that one must rise before the sun to give you thanks, and must pray to you at the dawning of the light;
29 for the hope of an ungrateful person will melt like wintry frost, and flow away like waste water.

TERROR STRIKES THE EGYPTIANS AT NIGHT (17.1-17.21)

1 Great are your judgments and hard to describe; therefore uninstructed souls have gone astray.
2 For when lawless people supposed that they held the holy nation in their power, they themselves lay as captives of darkness and prisoners of long night, shut in under their roofs, exiles from eternal providence.
3 For thinking that in their secret sins they were unobserved behind a dark curtain of forgetfulness, they were scattered, terribly alarmed, and appalled by specters.
4 For not even the inner chamber that held them protected them from fear, but terrifying sounds rang out around them, and dismal phantoms with gloomy faces appeared.
5 And no power of fire was able to give light, nor did the brilliant flames of the stars avail to illumine that hateful night.
6 Nothing was shining through to them except a dreadful, self-kindled fire, and in terror they deemed the things that they saw to be worse than that unseen appearance.
7 The delusions of their magic art lay humbled, and their boasted wisdom was scornfully rebuked.
8 For those who promised to drive off the fears and disorders of a sick soul were sick themselves with ridiculous fear.
9 For even if nothing disturbing frightened them, yet, scared by the passing of wild animals and the hissing of snakes
10 they perished in trembling fear, refusing to look even at the air, though it nowhere could be avoided.
11 For wickedness is a cowardly thing, condemned by its own testimony; distressed by conscience, it has always exaggerated the difficulties.
12 For fear is nothing but a giving up of the helps that come from reason;
13 and hope, defeated by this inward weakness, prefers ignorance of what causes the torment.
14 But throughout the night, which was really powerless and which came upon them from the recesses of powerless
Hades, they all slept the same sleep,
15 and now were driven by monstrous specters, and now were paralyzed by their souls' surrender; for sudden and unexpected fear overwhelmed them.
16 And whoever was there fell down, and thus was kept shut up in a prison not made of iron;
17 for whether they were farmers or shepherds or workers who toiled in the wilderness, they were seized, and endured the inescapable fate; for with one chain of darkness they all were bound.
18 Whether there came a whistling wind, or a melodious sound of birds in wide-spreading branches, or the rhythm of violently rushing water,
19 or the harsh crash of rocks hurled down, or the unseen running of leaping animals, or the sound of the most savage roaring beasts, or an echo thrown back from a hollow of the mountains, it paralyzed them with terror.
20 For the whole world was illumined with brilliant light, and went about its work unhindered,
21 while over those people alone heavy night was spread, an image of the darkness that was destined to receive them; but still heavier than darkness were they to themselves.

LIGHT SHINES ON THE ISRAELITES (18.1-18.4)

1 But for your holy ones there was very great light.
Their enemies heard their voices but did not see their forms, and counted them happy for not having suffered,
2 and were thankful that your holy ones, though previously wronged, were doing them no injury; and they begged their pardon for having been at variance with them.
3 Therefore you provided a flaming pillar of fire as a guide for your people's unknown journey, and a harmless sun for their glorious wandering.
4 For their enemies deserved to be deprived of light and imprisoned in darkness, those who had kept your children imprisoned, through whom the imperishable light of the law was to be given to the world.

THE DEATH OF THE EGYPTIANS FIRST-BORN (18.5-18.19)

5 When they had resolved to kill the infants of your holy ones, and one child had been abandoned and rescued, you in punishment took away a multitude of their children; and you destroyed them all together by a mighty flood.
6 That night was made known beforehand to our ancestors, so that they might rejoice in sure knowledge of the oaths in which they trusted.
7 The deliverance of the righteous and the destruction of their enemies were expected by your people.
8 For by the same means by which you punished our enemies you called us to yourself and glorified us.
9 For in secret the holy children of good people offered sacrifices, and with one accord agreed to the divine law, so that the saints would share alike the same things, both blessings and dangers; and already they were singing the praises of the ancestors.
10 But the discordant cry of their enemies echoed back, and their piteous lament for their children was spread abroad.
11 The slave was punished with the same penalty as the master, and the commoner suffered the same loss as the king;
12 and they all together, by the one form of death, had corpses too many to count. For the living were not sufficient even to bury them, since in one instant their most valued children had been destroyed.
13 For though they had disbelieved everything because of their magic arts, yet, when their firstborn were destroyed, they acknowledged your people to be God's child.
14 For while gentle silence enveloped all things, and night in its swift course was now half gone,
15 your all-powerful word leaped from heaven, from the royal throne, into the midst of the land that was doomed, a stern warrior
16 carrying the sharp sword of your authentic command, and stood and filled all things with death, and touched heaven while standing on the earth.
17 Then at once apparitions in dreadful dreams greatly troubled them, and unexpected fears assailed them;
18 and one here and another there, hurled down half dead, made known why they were dying;
19 for the dreams that disturbed them forewarned them of this, so that they might not perish without knowing why they suffered.

WISE QUOTE FOR DAY 7

People are mortal, and what they make with lawless hands is dead; for they are better than the objects they worship, since they have life, but the idols never had (wisdom 15.17)

CLOSING PRYER FOR DAY 7

(Recite with deep faith)
O Lord keep far from me the foolishness that will make me to worship and idol or clay god. Have mercy on me because I admit that I am a sinner and do not punish me with disaster or death. Let your light shine in my life as it did shine on the Israelites –Amen.


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