“Bel has bowed down, Nebo stoops over; their images are consigned to the beasts and the cattle. The things that you carry are burdensome, a load for the weary beast” (Isaiah 46:1).
With the invasion of Babylonia by Cyrus the Great in 539 B.C., and the accompanying end of Babylonian domination, there is a humorous irony in that the chief deities of this once mighty empire are now dependent upon their human creators; loading them upon carts, pulled by beasts of burden to places of safekeeping. As realized by all that give them a place in their lives, false gods are dead weight that eventually become a burden to all that carry them. Unlike religion, the life of faith is never a burden.