[CF Devotionals] 2009-12-13 - The Second Commandment

The Ten Commandments, Part 5 ~ Introduction

Exodus 20:4-6

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 may be 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.

The Commandment Against Idolatry: The command to not make idols follows directly on the heels of the command not to have any other gods, in the first place. Since most of the gods of the other nations were portrayed by the manufacture of idols, it seems the obedience to the second command would go a long way in helping out with obedience to the first. In fact, we will see that at the same time that Moses is receiving the "Ten Commandments," that the children of Israel are down in camp disobeying this one.

To be continued.

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