The Ultimate Selfie: The Idol of Self

“To whom will you compare Me?
    Or who is My equal?” says the Holy One. (Isaiah 40:25)

“The image of man: idol”

In unnatural, unflinching stance,

 The model lifeless posed,

Before a block of solid stone,

   Which soon his likeness bore.


From chiseled fragments, features

  Formed upon that marble mass,

A human image cast in white,

   Polished smooth—but cold.


Feverishly, the skillful hands

   Worked the tools on stone,

The model’s figure to impose,

   Unnaturally on the mass.


The sculptor laid the tools to rest,

   His masterpiece complete,

And beheld the beauty captured

   Within that marble mold.


Toward the image stiffly walked,

   The model man without,

Confronting himself—yet not he,

   So lifeless caught in stone.


The image idol stood unmoved

   As its human form wept

Bitter tears of erring pride–

   Fallen , beneath an idle stone.


IN CONTRAST: The Creation of Mankind

Living creation, purposeful caretaker, thinking being from GOD—the ONLY CREATOR.

“The Image of God: man”

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in Our image, in Our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” (Genesis 1:26)

Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his  nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.  (Genesis 2:7)

27 So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and     increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”  (Genesis 1:27-28)

 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. (Isaiah 40:28)


Cloning, DNA manipulation, Gene editing, Resurrecting extinct species. Scientific      realities, attempts at breaking the “Divine Safe’s combination lock.” 1 Whatever image mankind “creates” can never completely replicate God’s living, breathing creation. It is hubris to think otherwise, and pride’s end is a destruction as sure as the eventual decay of the chiseled image.  WE ARE NOT GOD.

 What idol(s) have each one of us chiseled, shaped, and molded into our own lives

 in an attempt to form something we think could be a substitute or wanted addition

that might seem better, more, greater than what the One God has created for us,

 has offered to us, has waiting for us?

WHEN will we direct our focus toward the outward/other purpose from God here on this earth, instead of continuing our absorption with and into ourselves?

1 Frost, Robert. “The Last Poem.” Robert Frost Poetry and Prose. 1972 Rinehart Editions. p. 480

(Sharon G. Tate blog 02/04/18) Meditations on God’s Word