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Command 2

Posted: January 28, 2017 in Command 2

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“You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God,

The second commandment God says, we are not to have idols. We are not to worship anyone or anything apart from Him. He is jealous of us, because He knows that only HE is sufficient to save us and keep us. He will not give His children to someone else!! Satan can never take us away from Him.

We are not to make pictures, images, statues, any kind of likeness to “help” us with worshipping GOD.

We say: Everyone is responsible for themselves… which is true, but at the same time, my spiritual heat or lack of it, will affect the impact of God on their lives too….

If I am following idols, then my family and friends will follow too. Following idols is a fools game.

God says I am not to make any kind of effigy, because he knows what we are like, and He knows we end up worshipping them…

What do I mean by following idols?

The commandment says, you are not to make a likeness of any creature or human being, and then think you can worship me.

Likenesses: the usual ones we see… Buddha, Shivva Ganesh, Lakshmi, Ancient Gods and deities from Egypt… in every culture there are these things. We can even go to ”church” and see images of people who are supposed to help us to worship God.

God makes it very clear, that we are not to try to picture Him, or His Son JESUS.

We worship God is Spirit and truth. God is Spiritual and each Christian has a spiritual soul whereby we can worship and know and talk to God. Everything else is worldly, and is off our low human desires for what we see, hear and touch.

When God awakens the soul, the things of this life take second place. Our motivations and desires change and we become spiritual, we have everlasting life…

So we can see that we must keep out all the godless desires that separate us form God.

Every culture has its own “idols”

It doesn’t always take the form of a wooden statue. It isn’t always a picture in our house or church.

Definition of an idol:

an image or representation of a god used as an object of worship.

Idol, god, image, statue, totem pole, fetish, etc. We are not to make anything to “help” with worshipping GOD.

And idol can be a person or thing that is greatly admired, loved, or revered.   “a soccer idol”   hero, heroine, star, celebrity, pop idol, etc.

As humans, we really do like to have people to look up to. We see people who are really good at something, and we idolize them… We put pictures up, we watch them, we maybe try to copy them in what they do. We take on their attitudes and we admire their work.

Sounds like what we should be doing towards GOD!

It is so easy to set up an idol in your mind. It is so easy to find ourselves worshipping someone, or some thing more than God.

There are so many things that pull us away from God, and steal our love and worship for HIM.

When we are unhappy, we tend to do things that cheer us up, and we get interested in the wrong things, and that love separates us from GOD.

These toys, make us happy for a while, but ultimately they will destroy our faith make us this world orientated. THEY HAVE BECOME IDOLS..

God is not willing to let people be duped by these glamorous things and people we worship. If he loves you, he will follow after you and bring you back.

WILL YOU LET GO?

Maybe some day you will have a family, and what you believe and teach them, will be of huge importance.

Maybe right now, there is no one in your family who is a Christian. They never hear about JESUS, but you do… what if you were to come to JESUS, and maybe the whole family will all believe too..!

So how I carry out my Christian life is of huge importance to me and to others around me, and we seek to point them to the true and living GOD, the God who resurrects our souls…

God is also making an amazing statement here. He says that whatever I do affects others… The fact that I do not love Him and serve Him only- effects the people around me. Family, friends, work friends, everyone. If I do not live for God, they will never see God. My unbelief winds its tendrils around my heart and the hearts of others too.

If God is not my number 1, then it will affect my Mum and dad, my brothers and sisters, my children one day.

The seriousness that God is not my Lord and Master, is really something we try to shut out. But we need to worship only Him in Spirit and in truth….