No Idols or Images
August 25 – No Idols or Images
Read Exodus 20:4-6
The Israelites had lived in Egypt for 430 years before God, through Moses, freed them. They had gotten used to Egyptian customs and Egyptian ways of thinking. The Egyptians had a number of gods and idols. Their thinking was, if you worshipped a lot of different gods, you would receive a lot of blessings.
The First Command was, “You must have no other god but me.” Going from a lot of gods to one God was a big change.
The Second Command went right along with the First – “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea.” In other words, “don’t build, make, manufacture, or adopt anything to represent Me.”
We Like Things We Can See or Feel
We humans are a simple lot. In our natural minds, to be able to see or feel or touch or taste something is to understand it. We struggle with things when we can’t “sense” them somehow. God created us with the capacity to worship, but without the Holy Spirit leading us, we tend to manufacture things to worship that appeal to our senses.
God knew that fact about us. He knew that, because He was spirit and not flesh, people would have a tendency to build something to represent Him. He had to prevent the Israelites from doing what He knew they had seen in Egypt and what they would want to do – to build some image of Him to worship.
As with all the Commandments, it was in the Israelites’ best interests to follow God’s instructions.
How does the Holy Spirit guide us in proper worship, especially as to whether we should worship an image representing God?