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Sunday, October 25, 2009

A Scarecrow in a Melon Patch

Fall is my very favorite time of year.  I know it is many of yours, too, because when I posted that question as a monthly "Fun Poll" several months ago, it received the top ranking. We enjoy decorating our yard with haybales, home-grown pumpkins (not as many this year!), corn stalks and a scarecrow.

After traveling across many states over the past week for the National FFA Convention, I was able to see the many colors of fall in full splendor.  God's handiwork was everywhere and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to see those beautiful landscapes.

Last week while searching for something on the internet, I came across a scripture talking about melons and a scarecrow.  To tell you the truth, when I first saw it I really didn't believe it was a "real" Bible verse.  I had never seen/noticed it before - that I had remembered, anyway.  But sure enough - it really is a scripture in the Bible!  How neat that even in those many years ago, there were scarecrows!  Isn't that amazing?

Look at the scripture passage that includes the scarecrow/melon verse:

"Hear what the LORD says to you, O house of Israel. This is what the LORD says:

"Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them.

For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter.

Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk.

Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good." "
Jeremiah 10:1-5

God told Jeremiah the prophet to explain to the Israelites that their idols were useless.  They themselves made the idols, but then they were afraid of them.  It seems strange, doesn't it?  But, God says, "Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good."  Just like the scarecrow, it sits and doesn't speak and can not move walk on it's own.  God wanted the people that the idols were useless and no good.  He wanted them to know that He is the ONE TRUE GOD.

"No one is like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is mighty in power."
Jeremiah 10:6

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