As we have begun studying Exodus 20 and the Ten Commandments, we have seen that the moral law is rooted in God’s own character, and He gives His people His commandments after reminding them of His grace and deliverance. In the first commandment, we saw that God alone is worthy of worship and that we are not to worship any other gods. In the Second Commandment, we are shown that God has the right to determine how He is worshipped.
Specifically in this commandment, we are told not to make or worship images of God. Exodus 20:4-6 says, “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate men, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
So, we are not to make or worship images of God. Perhaps you are not tempted to make physical images of God, but we likely all have been tempted at some point to craft an image of God in our minds that is more similar to our likeness or our preferences than as He has been revealed in Scripture.
Any attempt to craft an image of God is an attempt to live by sight, rather than by faith. But the hope of the Christian life is that we look forward to the day when we will see God in the face of Jesus Christ. We should not attempt to trade the anticipation of that day for substitutes crafted by men. We ought to look to Christ as He is set forth in the pages of Scripture and live by faith until that glorious day when we see Him face to face. As 2 Corinthians 5:7 reminds us, “for we walk by faith, not by sight.”
Join us in worship this Lord’s Day at 9 AM at 9820 W Markham St in Little Rock (the sanctuary of Faith United Methodist Church) as we consider the Second Commandment together. You can click here or contact us for more information. You can also watch our service on YouTube, and you can access it with the link posted to our Facebook page.