Photo and Commentary ©2017 by Maylan Schurch
Sabbath, December 2, 2017

A couple of months ago, while on a walk in our neighborhood, I saw this garage-sale sign. The stake it was attached to had been wedged into the crack between two slabs of a concrete wall so that the black arrow was pointing downward. It was like Planet Earth had become the location of a cosmic garage sale!

Garage sales (which were called “rummage sales” in South Dakota where I grew up) are where items are put on sale which their owners no longer consider valuable, even sentimentally.

In one of the Bible’s most sobering passages, the prophet Isaiah speaks of an event called “the Day of the Lord.” (Other Bible writers use the same phrase—Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Zephaniah, Zechariah and Malachi. The New Testament quotes or alludes to this “Day” as well. It’s a time when the Lord returns in judgment, at which point all evildoers will be held to account.) Listen to what Isaiah says:

In that day a man will cast away his idols of silver And his idols of gold, Which they made, each for himself to worship, To the moles and bats, To go into the clefts of the rocks, And into the crags of the rugged rocks, From the terror of the LORD And the glory of His majesty, When He arises to shake the earth mightily. (Isaiah 2:20 – 21 NKJV)

As you can see, these idol-worshippers don’t even have the time—let alone the desire—to set out their valuable idols on tables in the driveway, put little price-stickers on them, and see if they make a bit of small change. Instead, their main concern is to hide from the face of their returning Creator.

But for those who have learned to love and worship the true God, His arrival is not a dread but a joy. To learn how you can prepare for the judgment, click on the link below: