2014-10-05 - The Second Commandment
Examples of Forbidden Worship
It is important that we recognize the difference between the first and second commands. The first refers to who is to be worshiped, God, and the second, how not with images. Notice that not only would this warning be against the worshiping of idols of other gods, but also no image of God Himself or of His creations should be made or worshiped. We may often assume, from Scripture, these other gods could be real, i.e. demons presenting themselves as deity. After all, Lucifer fell because he wanted the worship those that belonged to God.
"Moreover, the word of the Lord came to me: "Son of man, raise a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, Thus says the Lord God: "You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle; and crafted in gold were your settings and your engravings. On the day that you were created they were prepared. You were an anointed guardian cherub. I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you. In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned; so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God, and I destroyed you, O guardian cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
Not only were the people not to make images, but they weren't to bow down before them, either. This also means if they came across idols in other lands, they were not to bow down them, either. When King Nebuchadnezzar built an image of gold to himself and commanded the Hebrew children to bow down to it, he received the following answer from three:
"Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up."" (Daniel 3:16-18 ESV).
Unfortunately, the area of idol worship was one of ongoing failure during the history of the nation.
To be continued.
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