Egyptolidolatry

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God’s Thoughts to Me

What sorrow awaits those who look to Egypt for help, trusting their horses, chariots, and charioteers and depending on the strength of human armies instead of looking to the Lord, the Holy One of Israel (Isaiah 31:1, NLT).

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength” (Isaiah 30:15, NLT).

Then Jesus said, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28, NLT).

The Flesh Pots of Egypt

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As a child, I always refered to important sounding words I didn’t understand as “big words”. Well, Egyptolidolatry would have seemed larger than life to my little mind.

And there, is a great deception, for apart from the fact that this “big word” is only my brain child, it actually refers to the eternally uselessness of the ways of the world … the “Egypts” through all the ages. The idols man so willingly pays homage to.

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Looking at ancient Egypt, we see they had at least the common sense, if you could call it that, to worship something bigger and apart from themselves. They were very religious and had a whole plethora of gods and goddesses.

Each one had their own role to play in maintaining peace, stability and harmony accross the land. They even had a god, Nun, who together with a few other like Ben-Ben, were the gods of creation. Nun was the dark waters of chaos.

Looking at the current political, economical and social scene of modern Egypt, we see that the sorrow the prophet Isaiah spoke of so many centuries ago, has finally caught up with the Egyptians.

But another dangerous, monstrous, peculiar Egypt has pitched its tent around the minds and thought processes of the human race; Humanism! This one is a subtle foe … beautiful in appearance … heroic in action … the pulling-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps kind of foe!

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This is the one who whispered to our first parents that they were able to know what good and evil were apart from our Pappa who alone is good. In other words … they had the ability to be their own gods.

Solomon did say that there is truly nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Am I correct when I come to the conclusion that humanism was birthed by the first lie ever told to the human race by the father of all lies?

According to the Free Dictionary, humanism means, “A system of thought that rejects religious beliefs and centers on humans and their values, capacities and worth.” And it says it all! Man has started to worship himself … not just an Egypt, but the chariots and charioteers as well.

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Is it any wonder that chaos, darkness, sorrow, decay, destruction and all the rest have taken over in this world, with an evil prince ruling the hearts and minds of those who do not follow our sweet, loving, gentle, kind Lord Jesus, for the whole world lies in the evil one (1 John 5:19).

Even the modern church scene speaks a funny language with words like positive-thinking, self-potential, self-worth, self-this and self-that!

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But our Lord Jesus, the King of my heart, the Love of my life, said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it (Matthew 16:24-25, NIV).”

This is a mouthful and can be easily misunderstood or misused by religionists to have power over those they want to lord it over.

My translation of this verse goes someting like this, “Mia, stop trying to save yourself, dear one, for you truly don’t have what it takes. Just come to me, for with you nothing is possible, but with me, everything is!! Stop huffing and puffing … striving and trying … chasing your shadow or the wind! It is of no use.”

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And when we, at some stage of our lives, come to that place where we understand these words of our Lord, we still hear and always will, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28, NIV).”

Dear Ones, let us all run to the One who is able to save us to the utmost. Let us leave our Egypts behind and run into His Loving Embrace!

Much love xx

Mia

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12 thoughts on “Egyptolidolatry

  1. Amen, Mia! Thank you for teaching me a new word. It is so interesting to learn about the beliefs of other cultures…and learn from them. I like the lesson you arrive at here.

  2. “stop trying to save yourself, dear one, for you truly don’t have what it takes. Just come to me, for with you nothing is possible, but with me, everything is!! Stop huffing and puffing … striving and trying … chasing your shadow or the wind! It is of no use.” Yes, friend, exactly this!!!

    • Hi dear Ashley
      Why are we so blind not to see this much sooner in our walk with our Lord? No wonder He calls us His sheep, for we can be a bit dumb at times just like sheep!!
      Much love to you, my friend
      Mia

    • Hi Kim
      Thank you for visiting and the honor of linking-up at your blog!
      Idolatry can be sooo subtle and we need to be so careful!
      Much love
      Mia

  3. Thanks Mia, this is a great post. I agree with you that humanism and I will even add pshychology has enterd into the church and the lives of believers, so sad. Thats why we need to know the Lord and be in His Word to see the idols and the error. Not only see but get rid of and replace with truth!
    Blessings!

    • Hi Kim
      Yes, I cannot agree more!! Getting rid of all the lies and worldly ways in the church is one thing … replacing it with truth and our sufficiency in Jesus, is quite another! Thanks for your encouragement and visit.
      Much love
      Mia

  4. Mia,
    This post is so insightful! I love your connections between Egypt of old and Egypt of today; your thoughts on humanism are also spot-on. We do, whether we admit it or not, so often lean into our own skills and talents, aiming for our own goals and dreams without God even being involved. Oh that we would rest more fully in him!

    Thank you for blessing us with your words today.

    • Hi Jane
      Yes, dear one, we do tend to be so stubborn at times. I agree, let us rest in Him so that He can glorify His name in and through us!
      Much love
      Mia

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