Why We Should Worship the Creator and Not Creation
On Saturday mornings, the kids- okay, me and Mark, too -like to watch Litton’s Animal Adventure. It’s Jack Hannah and Sea Rescue and Rock the Park and the Wildlife Docs all rolled up into one. These shows are all about animals, the funny things animals do, what veterinarians do when the animals get hurt, the exotic places where animals live, and how animals talk to one another and communicate even with other species.
A comment was made on one particular Shabbat (Saturday), I do not remember who made the comment, but a comment was made about how some animals are so stupid. The animal in question somehow got caught in barbed wire or something; it might have been an owl. Someone said something about animals should be able to communicate better. And, I remember thinking that it is only human arrogance to think that an animal could not communicate in such a way to tell human beings it is hurt, it feels happy, it needs help, or for humans to back off.
Those of you who have canine fur babies know their dogs’ ways of communication. We have a huge one hundred twenty pound Great Pyrenees/Labrador Retriever mix dog fur baby- Murphy -and we know pretty much most of the time what he is communicating to us, even if we do not comprehend Dog Language.
Human arrogance. Conceit. Pride. Self-importance. Egotism.
It is only in human arrogance that we think human beings are the only intelligent beings on this planet or in this universe or in any universe.
It is only in human arrogance that we think our knowledge and wisdom comes from within ourselves.
It is only in human arrogance that we think we do not need anyone or anything else.
Bereishit (Genesis) 11:1-9 …
1.) “The whole Earth was of one language and of one speech.
2.) As they traveled from the East, they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they lived there.
3.) They said to one another, ‘Come, let’s make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.’ They had brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar.
4.) They said, ‘Come, let’s build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top reaches to the sky, and let’s make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad on the surface of the whole Earth.’
5.) Adonai came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built.
6.) Adonai said, ‘Behold, they are one people, and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do. Now nothing will be withheld from them, which they intend to do.
7.) Come, let's go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.’
8.) So Adonai scattered them abroad from there on the surface of all the Earth. They stopped building the city.
9.) Therefore its name was called Babel, because there Adonai confused the language of all the Earth. From there, Adonai scattered them abroad on the surface of all the Earth.”
Nimrod, ruler of Shinar
Human ingenuity, inventiveness, and innovation is a gift from Elohim. It is not, however, to be abused and misused as human beings have done.
Nimrod, the founder of Babylon, which is Shinar, was the son of Kush who was the son of Ham who was the son of Noach (Noah). Nimod had the tower in Shinar built in order to turn the people to self-sufficiency and exaltation of man(kind) instead of honoring Elohim. And, in order for Nimrod to further his reign, the invention of bricks came about.
Always before, when altars or shelters needed to be erected, stones from the Earth’s floor were gathered and held in position with mud, another substance found on the ground. Nimrod, using his Elohim-given intelligence, invented a way to make bricks. Now, in all truthfulness, there was nothing wrong with the making of bricks; the wrong came when Nimrod led the people to rebel in their way of thinking that they could create what they wanted by the power of their minds having gained the knowledge for themselves, without giving thanks to the Elohim of all creation for His provision.
Elohim called these men on their arrogance and confused the language of man. As of today, there are [roughly] 6,909 languages across Planet Earth.
Yet, man(kind) still writhes and wallows in its arrogance.
Human beings are so arrogant that we think we can play god, in so many ways.
Abortion. In the United States of America, for the year 2013, there were 664,435 abortions reported to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). That breaks down to 55,370 abortions per month and 1,820 abortions per day. The three top reasons for women having abortions in the United States of America are: (1) An unwanted pregnancy has a negative impact on the life of a woman who wishes not to be pregnant. (2) An unwanted pregnancy causes too much financial strain for a woman, regardless of the fact that she may have a boyfriend or husband willing to provide for the pregnancy and the baby. (3) An unwanted pregnancy forces a woman, especially a single woman, to be pregnant and tied down to a baby before she is ready.
When we decide that we can play god with the lives of unborn babies, who were known “before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4) and who are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Tehillim (Psalms) 139:14), we become full of arrogance like Nimrod, and Adonai will confuse our plans.
Physician-Assisted Suicide. Currently, there are six states in the United States of America that have legalized physician-assisted suicides; California, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. Washington D. C. has also legalized physician-assisted suicides. There are several “listed” reasons why these suicides are allowed to happen; but, there is one reason why we should not play god with life and death … we are not Elohim.
When we decide to play god with life, we soon forget that it is Adonai Who gives and takes away (Iyov (Job) 1:21), and we become full of arrogance like Nimrod, and Adonai will confuse our plans.
Cloning. In 1996, Dolly the sheep, a mammal, was cloned at the Roslin Institute in Scotland from an adult sheep’s cell. In 2002, “Eve”, a human baby was cloned from a thirty-one-year-old American woman.
When we decide to play god and create life, we serve only creation and not the Elohim of creation, we become full of arrogance like Nimrod, and Adonai will confuse our plans.
A Final Word
Bereishit (Genesis) 1:26-27--”Elohim said, ‘Let’s make man in our image, after our likeness. … Elohim created man in His Own image. In Elohim’s image He created him; male and female He created them.”
Be intelligent, garner knowledge, become wise. These are gifts that Elohim gives to His children. But, do not worship yourselves, your intelligence, your knowledge, or your wisdom. Do not worship creation, rather worship the Elohim Who created.