“Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee.” —Jeremiah 10:7
Despite the idolatry of the heathen kings surrounding Judah, the LORD God is King of kings. He is sovereign God and in control. Jehovah warns the house of Israel not to learn their vain customs (Jeremiah 10:2-3). The LORD reveals to them that these carvings of wood, plated and decorated with silver and gold (Jeremiah 10:4), are not the true and living God, that they have no power and will perish from the earth (Jeremiah 10:11-12). He tells us not to be afraid of these “gods” but rather to fear Him.
Jesus Christ is to be revered with a holy reverence. The LORD reminds us in our text that He alone is God for “there is none like unto” Him. He comforts us with the truth that although nations shall practice iniquity and abomination, Christ is still sovereign Ruler of all nations. God is good and He is sovereign; and because He is the Author, Sustainer, and Finisher within all His creation, He is holy and utterly unique.
Men will falter. Kings will fail. Governments will disappoint. Kingdoms will be cast down. Only God is all-good, all-wise, all-powerful and Lord over all. There is great peace in that truth and joy unspeakable when revealed by God’s Spirit through His Word. Knowing this, “who would not fear Thee, O King of nations?”