Jeremiah 10:10 Index
"But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation."
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" . . . the true God . . . "

  • Jeremiah here contrasts Jehovah with the false idols, which are merely imaginary gods. God is truth personified (Psalm 31:5; John 14:6; John 17:3; 1 John 5:20). (5BC 401)
  • By causing men to violate the second commandment, Satan aimed to degrade their conceptions of the Divine Being. By setting aside the fourth, he would cause them to forget God altogether. God's claim to reverence and worship, above the gods of the heathen, is based upon the fact that He is the Creator, and that to Him all other beings owe their existence. Thus it is presented in the Bible. Says the prophet Jeremiah: “The Lord is the true God, He is the living God, and an everlasting King (Jeremiah 10:10) . . . The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens (Jeremiah 10:11). He hath made the earth by His power, He hath established the world by His wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by His discretion” (Jeremiah 10:12). “Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them (Jeremiah 10:14). They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish (Jeremiah 10:15). The portion of Jacob is not like them: for He is the former of all things.” (Jeremiah 10:16). The Sabbath, as a memorial of God's creative power, points to Him as the maker of the heavens and the earth. Hence it is a constant witness to His existence and a reminder of His greatness, His wisdom, and His love. Had the Sabbath always been sacredly observed, there could never have been an atheist or an idolater. (PP 336)

" . . . the living God . . . "

  • In contrast to the lifelessness of idols, God has life in Himself (John 5:26). The source of His existence is in His own being. All other beings live "in Him" (Acts 17:28). (4BC 401)

" . . . an everlasting king . . . "

  • In contrast to the powerlessness and temporary existence of all other objects of worship, God is the "king of eternity." His domain is unlimited either by space or by time. (4BC 401-402)

" . . . able to abide . . . "

  • That is "to bear patiently," or "to endure." (4BC 602)