Those Who Make the Idols Will Be Like Them

Text: Psalm 135:15-18

Idols were condemned for the children of Israel (Exodus 20:3-5). God’s people must still guard against idols today (1 John 5:21). One of the dangers posed by idols is mentioned by the psalmist (Psalm 135:15-18). Idols are dumb, blind, deaf, and dead, and those who invent them will be like them.

They Will Be Dumb

  • This does not mean they will lose their ability to speak – but those who engage in idolatry are unable to speak the truth for one of the following reasons:
  • Ignorance – never learned the truth; in seeking for God, they settled for an idol (Acts 17:27)
  • Neglect – should have known better, but devotion to the idol caused them to neglect the truth & drift from it (Hebrews 2:1)
  • Willful silence – they know the truth but cannot (will not) speak it because doing so would force them to condemn their beloved idol

They Will Be Blind

  • They become unable to see the foolishness in their devotion to their idol (Isaiah 44:9, 12-19)
  • By focusing on their idol, they become blind to the greatness of the one, true God (Rom. 1:20-23)

They Will Be Deaf

  • They close their ears to the truth – even though the truth could help lead them out of idolatry
  • Since an idol is an invention of man, it allows man to do as he pleases
  • In his mind, this eliminates the need for instruction or rebuke – therefore he won’t listen to the word of God (2 Timothy 3:16)

They Will Be Dead

  • Dead in sin (Ephesians 2:1) – idolatry in particular (Colossians 3:5-6)
  • Separated from God (Isaiah 59:2) – source of our physical life (Acts 17:28) and eternal life (Hebrews 5:9)


  • Rather than being like an idol, we should strive to be like God (Matthew 5:48; 1 Peter 1:15-16)
  • If there is an idol that exists in our lives, we must get rid of it so we can serve God faithfully

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