[CF Devotionals] 2014-09-14 - The Second Commandment


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Idolatry creates some very strange thinking. And people have always worshiped idols, even recognizing the illogic of doing so. Aesop, whether intentionally, makes this point with his fable:

The Image of Mercury and the Carpenter

A very poor man, a Carpenter by trade, had a wooden image of Mercury, before which he made offerings day by day, and begged the idol to make him rich, but in spite of his entreaties he became poorer and poorer. At last, being very angry, he took his image down from its pedestal and dashed it against the wall. When its head was knocked off, out came a stream of gold, which the Carpenter quickly picked up and said, "Well, I think thou art altogether contradictory and unreasonable; for when I paid you honor, I reaped no benefits: but now that I maltreat you I am loaded with an abundance of riches." 1

  1. Nation of Priests, A Holy People ~ Continued
  2. Thou shalt not make any graven image Verses 4-6
    1. The Commandment Against Idolatry
    2. Why is Idolatry even an Issue?
    3. How do We Eliminate Idolatry?

"I am the Lord; that is my name;
my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols."
Isaiah 42:8 ESV

Introduction: We are going examine the second commandment, the call to avoid idolatry. We will consider the contemporary problem of Idolatry, and finally, we will examine how we make sure that Christ holds first place in our life.

The second commandment is a warning against idolatry. Idolatry is defined as "… worship of idols. - excessive devotion to or reverence for some person or thing." An idol is defined as "… an image of a god, used as an object of worship: sometimes applied to any heathen deity - any object of ardent or excessive devotion." I think you can already see how we maybe able to find a way to directly apply this commandment, but let's not jump the gun, for first we need to discuss the commandment itself.

  1. Aesop's Fables, Translated by George Fyler Townsend, SAGE Software, Albany OR, 1996.

To be continued.

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