The Second Commandment- Graven Images


Warm and heartfelt greetings to you today my dear readers! I must say that I just can’t stop thinking of how much I love our Lord and I feel (and hope!) that I am not alone, for otherwise you would not take the time to read my posts!
Today, let us go back to a subject that we started some time ago, which is the analysis of the Ten Commandments.

Today, let us look at the Second Commandment.

The Book of Exodus, Chapter 20, verse 4:

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

This commandment is very literal. God commands you to not make any graven image, which means “A carved idol or representation of a god used as an object of worship.”

This is what the Israelites did to God after He saved them through Moses. It is said that after Moses came down from the mountain of Sinai after his time with God, with the Commandments, he found them worshiping a calf made of Gold, and making offerings to it. He was enraged and thus shattered the very stones upon which God had written the Ten Commandments.

My question is, how is it that people are so fast able to forget the God that saved them? Why are people so willing to betray God and so slow to accept Him even though He has done such miraculous things in people’s lives?

Even now, I am so sad to say this, but more than 98% of the people I see around me do not care about God. Most of them are just ignorant of the fact that there is a living God watching over the actions of every being on earth, willing to forgive and bless if you are willing to repent.

When we have THE living, true and loving God for ourselves, why must we create sculptures and idols of dead or imaginary beings and worship them? Is it not like saying you are quenched of thirst by making a statue of a waterfall and looking at it, instead of actually drinking from the clean stream that is the only thing able to really quench your needs?

I must say that God hates it when people, especially the people that He has visited and touched in life, decide to disobey Him and make Him angry when they in fact know that He exists and that He despises their actions. Why? What need do we have to do such things?

So for the knowledge of my readers, I have to say this, but many of you may not like this. DO NOT bow down to any idol, to any statue or to any carved or drawn image.

DO NOT WORSHIP these false things when in fact you have the living God watching over you in heaven.

Statue Of Jesus Christ On Wood Cross

DO NOT WORSHIP ANY IDOL, EVEN THAT OF JESUS CHRIST, FOR IT DOES NOT CONTAIN THE LIVING GOD.

And this includes the sculptures in churches. Yes, I know many of you may by now hate me for saying this, but I must write the truth and nothing but the truth. DO NOT bow down to or worship the statues and idols in church, even if they are of the Son of God Himself. None of the Apostles ever made an idol of their Master. It is against the will of God.

He says do not create graven images of anything “that is in the heaven above”, which includes Jesus Christ. I am not saying that you must not worship Jesus Christ. If you for some reason think that is what I am implying, you are gravely mistaken my friend.

Jesus Christ is living. He is risen, and He is in heaven, watching over us and talking to God for our sake. You must worship Him the living Son of God, and not a statue or idol of Him, which does not contain any trace of the real Christ. Idols do not have life. They do not contain any part of God or the Spirit. They are dead, lifeless things which we made from clay and stone, which we shouldn’t have even made in the first place.

I must say that to please God, just worship Him, the one and only real God, in heart and soul. He is with you always. If you have been worshiping the idols and you now see that it was wrong, you can always repent and turn to God, for He is ever-forgiving and kind. If He wasn’t the kindest and just being ever to be, you and I would not be spared, my friend.

And one more thing. When I write these things, do not think that I am trying to force everyone into becoming a true Christian. I am not trying to imply that everything I do is right or anything like that at all. These laws were written by the Almighty God Himself. I am merely a being trying my best to bring the knowledge of God across the length and breadth of this world. You are welcome to either accept and practice or to reject these matters. It is in the end your personal decision.

But those of you who choose to accept the word of God and turn to Him, will definitely be blessed abundantly. True Children of God, will indeed have to face great hardships in life for this world is most likely to despise true Christians and to reject them. But we know in heart who we are and what a privilege it is to be close to God. We know what treasures await us in heaven.

So fear not for God is with you. Jesus loves you so much, and nothing can compare to His eternal love which led Him to even dying for the sake of you and me.

Until we meet next time, may the peace of Christ be with you and may God bless you! 🙂

P.S. Do not hesitate to e-mail me for questions and concerns: steny8295@yahoo.in
or my father Evg. Joy Simon for prayer: joysimonapb@yahoo.com

 

 

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Law and Order


Hello there again dear readers! I’m glad to be writing to you today!!

For quite some time we’d been discussing several things in my blog, and I hope you’ve been able to analyze them all and come to conclusions on several matters… Well, from today onwards I will be spending some time on this specific subject. “Law and Order”

Now, many people today limit their Bible reading to the Psalms, where there is a lot of

Why not extend your reading to the “piercing” parts of the Bible? Such as God’s laws and what you’ll have to face if you disobey them??

chapters of praise to God and where it is described of how God will bless us and help us and keep us safe and guide us.. Of course you should read the Psalms; it is an important part of the Bible. But why stop there? If not the Psalms, some people choose to pick out some “safe” verses of the Bible, if you know what I mean.. verses that say again of God’s blessings to His children. But as I said, why stop there? Why do people often “forget” about or ignore the verses stating facts like the laws of God and the consequences you’ll have to face if you disobey them?

I mean each and every word written in the Bible is to be read.. The Bible is a concise writing consisting of prediction, law, truth and information. The past, the present and the future is reflected throughout it’s chapters. No science has ever been able to disprove the Bible’s writings.

Hebrews 4:12

King James Version (KJV)

12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The Word of God is a Two-Edged sword

The Word of God is “sharper than any two-edged sword”..
Two-edged means it can pierce at both sides. When we use the Word of God, it can not only pierce your enemy, but it can also pierce you, if you haven’t worn the shield of righteousness. What I’m trying to say is that no matter how big of a believer you are, if you have strayed from the path of righteousness even the slightest bit, then the Word can also pierce you.

So why did I say so much about the Word of God and yet name the post “Law and Order”?

You’ll see soon enough. God has set us a strictly righteous path to follow in order to reach heaven. It’s our fault if we allow ourselves to even accidentally stray from it a little bit and

What path have you chosen? Are you still on track with your chosen path, or did you “accidentally” get off of it some while back?

then follow some other path to nothing but the opposite of heaven.

In order to walk the righteous path, God has given us the TEN COMMANDMENTS. Obeying these commandments and at the same time believing in Jesus and repenting from our ways and being baptized- this beautiful mixture of the colors of Christian life will turn you white, but only if all colors are added.

( I just remembered, if you take a little round disc, and divide it equally into six [or seven] parts and color each part one of the six basic colors, and then pass a thread through the middle of it and spin it in high speed, you can see that they merge into the color white! )

So stay tuned for the next post as we will be discussing the Ten Commandments and what to make out of each of them, from a lot of different perspectives.

If you have any questions on the matter, don’t hesitate to e-mail me at: steny8295@yahoo.in

For special prayer requests, e-mail my father Evg. Joy Simon at: joysimonapb@yahoo.com

God bless all of my wonderful readers who take their time to know God, and dtill we meet next time, May the peace of Christ be with you! 🙂