What’s In Your Wallet?

After the raging hordes, in the Capital One credit card commercial, have pillaged and plundered the peasant village, an animal skin draped warrior asks, “What’s in your wallet?”

In Wednesday’s reading of the Institutes, 1.11.7 – 1.11.12, Calvin doesn’t ask about what is in our wallet, he asks, “What’s in your mind?”

Calvin addresses a belief current at his time that said that “images are the books of the unlearned.” This is absurd because images and idols are “forged” in the human mind that is “stuffed with presumptuous rashness,” daring “to imagine a god suited to its own capacity; as it labours under dullness, nay, is sunk in the grossest ignorance, it substitutes vanity and an empty phantom in the place of God.”

When divine honors are paid to dumb idols that are intended to represent God, or any other god for that matter, whether made out of wood, stone or precious jewels and metals, the LORD is robbed of all honor, glory and majesty that is due His Name.

So the question is begged: What kind of a god that I can contrive in my vain imaginings can compare with the God of the Bible? The God Who is:

  • Elohim – God of creation, Source and Sovereign
  • Jehovah – “Self-Existent”, never changing and faithful to His own nature
  • Adonai – Master and Owner of everything (implying His dominion and my submission)
  • El Shaddai – God of power, inexhaustible in resource
  • Holy and full of grace
  • Savior, Redeemer

“You shall have no other gods before Me, … for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God.” (Exodus 20:2,5)

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