“Make ye him drunken: for he magnified himself against the Lord…(Jer.48:26a).”
I wondered at this verse when I first read it, in context it is fitting, but as one would say, the moral of the story is: just as a drunk man or woman will act foolishly, so is one who puts himself above the Lord.
Just recently, while visiting Europe I was reminded of this Scripture: “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise (Prov.20:1)”. After a long day in the city, I had laid down for the night and quickly fallen asleep, but hours later, awakened by yelling and shouting coming from a nearby street outside my room. The drunken stupor of these chaps was loud, annoying and brought their position of unconscious living to all those around them. They mocked themselves through behavior, acting generally stupid, excited, angry and goofy all at the same time. They couldn’t help it, they had no control over themselves; they had exchanged their dignity many hours earlier for the substance of alcohol.
Just as above, the comparison can be made for the one one who puts himself above God, exchanging humility for the emblem of pride and self-deserved power. In the folly of lifting themselves up, they become as a drunken individual, controlled by the intoxicating substance of the flesh –making their own self a god. Nebuchadnezzar was a great example of this arrogance, likening himself and his kingdom better than the Creator (see Dan. 4). As a result of his folly, King Nebuchadnezzar was made to be as a stupid beast, unable to care for himself and eating the grass of the field. At the end of the time, when his understanding returned unto him, he humbled himself, rightfully placing the kingdom and his own life under the authority of God. He declared that: “..all inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing…(and)…those who walk in pride he (God) is able to abase (v.37).”
A word to the wise: he will be made a fool who puts himself above God.