“The Cast Image” ( Habakkuk 2: 14, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord’s glory, as the waters cover the sea.”

“What use is a carved idol after its craftsman carves it? It is only a cast image, a teacher of lies. For the one who crafts its shape trusts in it and makes idols that cannot speak. Woe to him who says to wood: Wake up! or to mute stone: Come alive! Can it teach? Look! It may be plated with gold and silver, yet there is no breath in it at all. But the Lord is in His holy temple; let everyone on earth be silent in His presence.” (Habakkuk 2:18-20)

With the talk of the ‘rapture’ – the supposed taking of one over another at the Lord’s second coming – I rather doubt the Lord is pleased with the attention this has taken from His glory. Some of us have created an idol with no power to save us and followed after it. The cast image is the myriad ideas of the ‘end of time.’ We speculate and call it prophesy. Our idol is a teacher of lies.

Rather than worry over what we are not allowed to know – for no one knows the day of the Lord – we ought to remember “the Lord God comes with strength, and His power establishes His rule. His reward is with Him, and His gifts accompany Him. He protects His flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them in the fold of His garment. He gently leads those that are nursing. Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand or marked off the heavens with the span of his hand? Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or who gave Him His counsel? Who did He consult with? Who gave Him understanding and taught Him the paths of justice? Who taught Him knowledge and showed Him the way of understanding? Who will you compare God with? What likeness will you compare Him to?” (Isaiah 40:10-14,18)

Certainly we ought not to compare God to the feeble cast images that consist only of our ideas of His return.

“Whether Awake Or Asleep” (1 Thessalonians 4: 16 – 17, HCSB) by Carley Evans


“The Day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.” (1 Thessalonians 5: 2) We do not know the day or the time, just as we do not know when the thief comes to rob our home. We are able to prepare for the thief, but we can not read his mind; we can not determine the day or the hour he will arrive. So is the Day of the Lord.

“We who are alive at the Lord’s coming will certainly have no advantage over those who have fallen asleep.” (1 Thessalonians 4: 15) Both the dead and those who remain alive will be equally surprised, equally delighted.

For the dead will rise first, and those alive will join with “them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so we will always be with the Lord.”

“Stay awake and be serious.” (1 Thessalonians 5: 7) “For God does not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who dies for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we live together with Him.” (1 Thessalonians 5: 9 – 10)