1 Bel bows down, Nebo stoops low; their idols are borne by beasts of
burden.The images that are carried about are burdensome, a burden for the
weary.2 They stoop and bow down together; unable to rescue the burden,
they themselves go off into captivity.3 “Listen to me, you descendants
of Jacob, all the remnant of the people of Israel,you whom I have upheld
since your birth, and have carried since you were born.4 Even to your old
age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you.I have made you
and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.5 “With whom
will you compare me or count me equal?To whom will you liken me that
we may be compared?6 Some pour out gold from their bags and weigh out
silver on the scales;they hire a goldsmith to make it into a god, and they
bow down and worship it.7 They lift it to their shoulders and carry it; they
set it up in its place, and there it stands.From that spot it cannot move.
Even though someone cries out to it, it cannot answer;it cannot save them
from their troubles.8 “Remember this, keep it in mind, take it to heart, you
rebels.9 Remember the former things, those of long ago;I am God, and
there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.
1. Silence – Read/Listen – Meditate – Pray – Contemplate
2. What is the word or phrase that touches you today as you read and
meditate on this passage?
3. Bel & Nebo were the names of two principal gods in Babylon. Do
you notice the contrast between the idol’s burdens(verses 1-2) and
the Lord(verses 3-4)?
4. What is your emotion as you read this passage, comparing the burdens
of the idols and God as your father carrying you when you
were weak? Or as a strong man sustaining you when you were
tired? Or as a warrior rescuing you when you were trapped?
5. How is that related to your current situation? What does God tell
you to do?
Prayer & Journaling: Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse
with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down
any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.