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 mighty power that works through all nature and sustains all things is not, as some men of science represent, merely an all-pervading principle, an actuating energy. God is a Spirit; yet He is a personal Being; for so He has revealed Himself. (MH 413)
  • From the pillar of cloud Jesus “spake unto Moses, saying (Exodus 31:12), Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you” (Exodus 31:13). The Sabbath is a pledge given by God to man—a sign of the relation existing between the Creator and His created beings. By observing the memorial of the creation of the world in six days and the rest of the Creator on the seventh day, by keeping the Sabbath holy, according to His directions, the Israelites were to declare to the world their loyalty to the only true and living God, the Sovereign of the universe.
    • By observing the true Sabbath Christians are ever to bear to the world faithful witness of their knowledge of the true and living God as distinguished from all false gods, for the Lord of the Sabbath is the Creator of the heavens and the earth, the One exalted above all other gods.
    • Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you (Exodus 31:14) . . . Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord: whosoever doeth any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death (Exodus 31:15). Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant (Exodus 31:16). It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed” (Exodus 31:17).— (3SM 256-257)

" . . . 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)
  • Those who are looking for the revelation of Christ in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory, as King of kings and Lord of lords, in life and character will seek to represent Him to the world. “And every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He is pure” (1 John 3:3). They will hate sin and iniquity, even as Christ hated sin. They will keep the commandments of God, as Christ kept His Father's commandments. They will realize that it is not enough to acquiesce in the doctrines of truth, but that the truth must be applied to the heart, practiced in the life, in order that the followers of Christ may be one with Him, and that men may be as pure in their sphere as God is in His sphere.
    • Christ is in the heart, He will appear in the home, in the workshop, in the marketplace, in the church. The power of the truth will be felt in elevating, ennobling the mind and softening and subduing the heart, bringing the whole man into harmony with God. He who is transformed by the truth will shed a light upon the world. He that hath the hope of Christ in him will purify himself even as He is pure. The hope of Christ's appearing is a large hope, a far-reaching hope. It is the hope of seeing the King in His beauty and of being made like Him. (FW 115-116)