BY: RAY PRINZING
“They changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass.” (Psalm 106:20)
How did they do this? With a change of mind, involving a change of Gods. We are ultimately to be changed into the same image as our God – man is to become “The image and glory of God.” (I Cor. 11:7) Now, if you change to ‘other gods,’ then whatever your god is, that is what you will become. On this occasion Israel forsook serving Jehovah, and made unto themselves a god in the image of a golden calf, an ox that eateth grass. Then to share the glory of their god, all they had was the glory of an ox. Turning from the glory of the Creator, to take up with the fragmentary glory of the created.
This takes on vital meaning and application when we consider the creeds and doctrines which warp the minds of Christendom, so that in their mind they have the image of a God that is a despot, filled with wrath, vengeful, cruel, etc., and imputing to God all the base emotions of carnal man, no wonder there is no change in them, their god is as base as themselves. You cannot be redeemed, or changed, beyond whatever your God is. “We shall be LIKE HIM, for we shall see Him as He is,” (I John 3:2) Many people have “Limited the Holy One of Israel,” and thus have limited their own glory and redemption.
“My people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit,” (Jer. 2:11) How did they do this? “They have forsaken Me the Fountain of Living Waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” The glory of the LIVING WATER was exchanged for the dubious glory of a broken cistern. Even if the cistern held water, it was not living water, but water that could stagnate, become corrupted. But being broken cisterns it lost even that water – left with an empty shell, all glory has departed. May God indeed turn us away from this negative realm, and change us into the glory of the heavenly, a process wrought through daily overcoming.