Life Giving God

Isaiah 46:1–13

Much of the Scriptures tells Truth through visual stories. Sometimes that imagery is disconcerting. It can also be mind-altering.

Many of us struggle with some of that imagery. Being the of Christ can seem odd. Or there is the thought of being the clay pot.

Most of us are very familiar with as Father (in particular, the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit). So, when it comes to this passage in Isaiah it could be jarring. If you read this passage in the NIV, it won’t seem so, but most of the other translations have being pregnant.

Yes, is pregnant. Of course, it is an image. Yet, it is an important one.

One of the great mysteries (and, as a guy, great s) that women have is the ability to bear children (definitely not saying pregnancy is easy). With as Creator, perhaps we should be surprised that isn’t identified more often this way.

The imagery in the context of this passage is critical. The comparison is between (-bearer) and idols (no in them).

addresses the reality that the Israelites have “treasured” their idols, and that they put so much value upon them. They put their to escape the surrounding powers. Instead, they are hauling their idols with them to exile. As the idols were often covered or made of precious metals and gems, the likelihood is that idols would be destroyed as part of the exile.

The idols that the Israelites made and worshiped so that they could maintain the lives they had…did nothing. The they had abandoned d to remain with them and to them.

While carrying their empty, less idols into captivity… reached out. said—in effect—I am here to carry you…and you .


  • What other symbols (i.e., pregnancy) can you associate with the -giving aspect of ?
  • What modern idols do people believe “ ”? How do they mimic ?


, thank you for your -giving nature. May we embrace all that it means. Amen.

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.