The images that are carried about are burdensome, a burden for the weary. (Isaiah 46:1b)
Nebo was the Assyrian and Babylonian god of wisdom and writing. It was believed that he had the power to increase or diminish at will the length of human life. As the god of writing, he was believed to engrave the destiny of each person on the tablets of sacred record.
Bel was the Babylonian counterpart of the Syrian god Belal. He was believed to be the god who died and rose again. He dies in Autumn and rises every Spring as he was believed to bring the life of Spring with him.
God, referring to these so-called sacred characteristics, and remarks that if they are so wonderful and powerful, why must they be carried on oxen (beasts of burden)?Shouldn’t they be carrying their worshipers instead of their worshipers carrying them.
Are they not stronger than those who bow down to them? They can’t move without someone moving them to where they want to. It is ridiculous, but more than that, they are a burden to their followers instead of easing burdens.
Idols are always burdensome –a burden even more so to already weary people. Not their idol gods or they themselves can rescue them from the burden. The leaders stoop down together and lead the people into the captivity of living life believing in a fantasy, a myth powerless to help in time of need. Those who are weary, are wearied even more by these burdens which God never placed on them.
By contrast, we have the One who is called Life (John 14:6). And He is the One who tells us that He came so that we may have life. His enemy is a liar and deludes people, getting them involved in many religious activities that steals the life from them. These things are those activities which God never required of us.
Jesus is the One, who instead of wearying the weary, says, “Come unto me, all ye that are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest.”