commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning
(you should know)
-- that we love one another,
(2Jn 1:5).* No doubt our attitude should be according to the apostle’s remark, but how about Gentiles, has God setup the opening query for them too? Do they know God and His will, as for example the people who worshipthe idols? The answer is right here, at the first part of our text - (Isa 40:21-26). From the immediate contextwe’ve learned about the people who were in the wrong by making the images of idols. In (vv. 19,20) Isaiahdemystified the worshiping of idols by means of description of the making of an idol. Thus, a workman of an image is a human being who might die even tomorrow; and an image itself is made from the consumablecomponents like copper, lead, wood, gold, and silver. But when it was made, it turned immediately intothe idol if a person fastened it to a wall and bowed before it with a purpose to receive help in time of needs.On that occasion demons rejoice because they receive a chance to give a person the wrong impression aboutGod and to force him/her to do the nasty things. But before it happened, the idolaters have already learnedsomething about God, if not from the Book, at least from the natural world.*
Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understoodfrom the foundations of the earth?
says Isaiah, (v.21). Portraying God as the Creator and Sustainer of theuniverse, the prophet recalls to every mind the natural world that cannot be understood apart of a Creatorif considered its complexity, beauty, and meaningfulness. Therefore, the Word of God pronounces its verdictthrough the apostle,
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearlyperceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse,
(Rom 1:20). Isn’t it the mournful fate of all idolaters? Can you imagine, being warned of the judgment tocome, but still having hope to escape by the magic power of the perishable things, and yet at this momenthave not really been saved?* At this moment we have a chance to open the door to the Light. Let all people know – if they still have notseen the Light that has already come into the world, and abides with us, full of truth and grace, (Jon 1:14).Let them know that his name is the Savior of the world; yet he is the way, and the truth, and the life. Beingcharmed by the way of righteousness, by the light of truth, and by the beauty of eternal life, the penitentidolaters run to Jesus for healing from the leprosy of their sins. Significantly, our gospel reading provides anillustration of what Jesus has done for many sinners; besides the forgiveness of their sins, Jesus healed manyfrom the leprosy of sins, namely from their physical illness. Mark says that at the end of the Sabbath, peoplebrought to Jesus all who were sick and who had evil spirits. He says that the whole town was pressing aroundthe door - at that time a city of 30,000 inhabitants according to some sources. In turn, we don’t rebuke