In today’s reading, we read of the Lord’s chosen servant and those of Israel who fail to listen and see. According to the ESV Study Bible, the Lord’s servant is often “a title for the people as a whole (41:8–9; 42:19; 43:10; 44:1–2, 21, 26; 45:4; 48:20), but at times the servant is a specific person within Israel who is distinct from the whole, with a calling to serve Israel and beyond (49:5–6; 50:10;).”
Yesterday, we read about the futility of following idols, and the Lord reiterates this point in our passage today:
8 “I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not give my glory to anyone else, nor share my praise with carved idols. 9 Everything I prophesied has come true, and now I will prophesy again. I will tell you the future before it happens.”
God makes it clear that he will not share his glory with anyone or anything else. We use this word, glory, quite often, but what does it necessarily mean?
“The glory of God is the manifest beauty of his holiness. It is the going public of his holiness.” – John Piper
God is holy, which means He is completely other and completely perfect in all that he says, thinks, and does. God’s glory is his holiness on display!
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands.” – Psalm 19:1
Hebrews 1:3 calls Jesus “the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…”
To give something glory is to give something weight. It is to treat something as ultimately beautiful and worthy!
So to what do you give glory? God or other things?
Take some time today to ask God to reveal any idols that may be in your life.
By: Lucas Taylor — West Campus Pastoral Ministry Apprentice