The Problem with Idols

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August 26 – The Problem with Idols

Read Exodus 20:5

             Take a second to think about the first 2 commands. The first one is “You shall have no other god but Me.”

The second one is “You shall not make any idol or image of anything in the heavens or on the earth…”

What’s the difference? If God had said, “No other gods,” what does “No images or idols” mean?

The reknowned theologian Travis Agnew says that Voddie Baucham explains it this way – “Number 1 – No other gods. Number 2 – Don’t make anything that looks like Me.”

One Authority 

            God told the Israelites the most important reason for obeying the Command not to build any idols or images – “I the Lord your God am a jealous God.” God was not jealous in the way we normally become jealous – He was not insecure.

God was jealous in that He was demanding exclusive loyalty from the children of Israel. He prohibited them from making anything and He added a level of judgment to the prohibition. “I lay the sins of the fathers upon their children; the entire family is affected – even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me.”

The greatest influence in a person’s life is his upbringing. God was saying, “Worship Me and make sure that your children and grandchildren will at least be pointed in the right direction.”


How great an influence were your parents on you? Do you understand why God was so adamant that the children of Israel not build any idols or images?


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