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The Second Commandment

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Introduction

Last week we began a new sermon series, and we are looking to the 10 Commandments.
The 10 commandments are the laws, the statues that God presented to Moses to bring to the children of Israel, so that they may walk in front of God in an acceptable way.
They were important for the people and they were with them always....
The commandments were placed inside of the ark of the covenant, and they were carried with the ark, and the budding staff of Aaron where ever the children of Israel were, where ever they traveled in the Old Testament until the Ark was placed inside the temple Solomon built for the Lord.
Remember the law is still important today, do not think that it is not relevant for us in the New Testament, it is important
Last week we addressed the 1st commandment, it is from Exodus 20:3
Exodus 20:3 ESV
3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
As the children of God there is no room in our lives for anything else, our devotion, worship and love must supremely be given to the Lord our God and him alone..
It is still important for us today...
Jesus said....
Jesus said....
Matthew 5:17 ESV
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
So advancing forward, now today we move to the 2nd commandment of God
So lets go back to the Old Testament book of Exodus and lets find chapter 20, verses 4 and 5.
So lets go back to the Old Testament book of Exodus and lets find chapter 20, verses 4 and 5.
Exodus 20:4 ESV
4 “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.
Exodus 20:4–5 ESV
4 “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. 5 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 me,
So what is being said today....
Well lets start with this first thought today,
The first commandment has a simple command for us to remember....

1. Do not make any image of represent God.

Consider this my friends, the command of God is simple, we are not to make any sort of image that is made to represent God.
In fact God says no carved image, no likeness of anything that might be set up for man to bow down too, to worship and say they are worshipping the Lord our God.
Now one might ask, if God says we are to worship Him and Him alone, then why does He prohibit a idol or image that is said to reflect His presence.
And here is why I believe we are called to not do this thing, as we live in front of God.
So let me share this first thought....
A. God is above all.....
God is the one supreme being, that has always been. He has no beginning and He will never have a ending...
He is the creator of all things, all things above the earth, all things below the earth and everything with in the earth.
As such, how can man take something from what He has designed, crafted and put together, how can we take that very thing and establish it as God and then fall down and worship it.
Acts 17:29 ESV
29 Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.
He is above all thing things of this world, and we should not use our imagination to craft something calling it God....
And then I am reminded us of what Jesus told us in the gospel of John as He spoke to the woman at the well.
B. He is Spirit
How can we put a figure, a design on that which we have not seen?
B. He is Spirit
John 4 ESV
1 Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2 (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), 3 he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. 4 And he had to pass through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. 7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” 19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.” 27 Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” 28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” 30 They went out of the town and were coming to him. 31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” 39 Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his word. 42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.” 43 After the two days he departed for Galilee. 44 (For Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own hometown.) 45 So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, having seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast. For they too had gone to the feast. 46 So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. 48 So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” 49 The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. 51 As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering. 52 So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” 53 The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household. 54 This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee.
Jesus 4
I am reminded of what Jesus said to the Samaritan woman at the well as they spoke about worship.... and the right place to worship God.
Jesus reminded her of God’s very nature and thus cannot be defined by a place and most certainly I say that He cannot be defined by a statue, figure, image or anything of the sort.......
John 4:24 ESV
24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Listen to what Jesus said
He cannot and must not be defined by a image, illustration or crafted item. It is to small to contain, to reflect the greatest person in the universe, the Lord our God.
C. To Separate them (Us) from the World.
The children of Israel has been living in a world of poly theism, a world of many, many false god idolatry.
And man naturally desires a symbolic representation of that which they worship… but this mentality leads us to desire the image and not the one who it represents. God desires our full attention.... The children of Israel needed direction...
They have been in the land of Egypt for 400 years, and for all this time they have witnessed the customs of those who ruled over them.
And even in the lands around them, as they journeyed toward Canaan, we know that they were traveling in a pagan land.
God knew they could and would be so easily influenced by the practices of these other peoples who God must remind them idolatry is not acceptable.
You cannot create an image of me and you must certainly cannot worship any other images.
You my friends must be a separate people....
Now let me take you to a second thought....
C.

2. Do not Bow Down... there is a penalty

No homage .... there is a penalty
The thought here makes you wonder, hasn’t God said enough when he told us in verse 4 that we should not make for our self any image that might represent the Lord our God or anything else for that matter....
Why has He put such force on this matter?
well lets look at the text one more time....
Exodus 20:4–5 ESV
4 “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. 5 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 me,
Verse 5 really illustrates the full problem of idols, images and icons....
It almost always leads to the idolatrous worship of these images… Now I say almost because in some cases it might not… there is always that possibility but I think it might not be often.
But the Lord tells us , Do not bow down to them or serve them.....verse 5.
Remember what I said a new minutes ago, we, humanity are very much a visual people and because of that we are drawn to that which we can see, touch or even hold. It provides something for our minds that is pleasing ....
But God reminds us knowing our nature that is touched by sin, that we live in a fallen world, and as such do not allow your fallen nature to corrupt your life in front of God.
So God has reminded them of how they have encountered Him in the past. let me share with you , verses 15-16
Deuteronomy 4:15–16 ESV
15 “Therefore watch yourselves very carefully. Since you saw no form on the day that the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire, 16 beware lest you act corruptly by making a carved image for yourselves, in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female,
Deut 4
Because God is Spirit, as we have already seen Jesus confirm in John chapter 4, all the way in the Old Testament God reminds His children that they have not encountered any image of who he is… Moses saw the burning bush, they saw God as a pillar of fire or a cloud that went before them as His people.
In theology we call these beautiful manifestations of God; theophanies…
But, they and we as well must be careful to remember --- You have not see any image of me…
So do not craft any image, for God himself or of anything other thing… lest you find your self acting corruptly....
But they have not see a
And if guilty we are not in judgment…??? Yes
Look back to Exodus 20:5
Exodus 20:5 ESV
5 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 me,
God is a jealous God....
Think of that, if you found our your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend has secretly longing for another, wouldn’t you be upset. Yes!
Why? Their heart would not be given to you… it would be given to another. And they truly means there is no true love for you...
Remember what Jesus said in
Matthew 6:24 ESV
24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
You will truly only love 1....
God knew their future and he knew if they possessed a divided heart, there was no true love for him.
And God would not be happy with that my friends...
What does that mean my friends,
Look at this last thought of verse 5....
Exodus 20:5 ESV
5 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 me,
What does God mean by visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children....???????
Here is the idea that I understand....
The children will imitate the sinful actions of their parents… Parents, be careful is all that you do...
Because a child imitates the sinful actions of the parent, not only will the parent be judged, so will the child for their actions were immoral as well.
But the person who fears the Lord, They who love the Lord and keep His commandments, They do not continue in the ways of their parents ways or practices and they instead honor the Lord and keep His ways...
Thus they have life and not death.
So what of us today, the cross that hangs behind me is not an object or worship, it is a symbol of death and persecution. It reminds us that He took my death, and because He died for me, I can live!
The cross reminds me of God’s great love for us and teaches me I must die to self so that I might be like Jesus.
Old Testament III: Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy How Iniquity Is Passed down (Paterius)

This passage can also be understood in another way, because when each one imitates the iniquity of his sinful parent, he is rendered guilty through his parent’s fault. But whoever does not imitate the iniquity of his parent is not burdened with his sin. Thus it happens that the sinful son of a sinful father pays the penalty not only for his own sins, which he committed, but also for his father’s sins. For he does not fear to add his own malice to his father’s vices, even though he knows that the Lord is angered by them. It is just that a man who does not fear to imitate the ways of his wicked father before a busy judge is forced in this present life to pay the penalty for the faults of his wicked father. So Scripture says, “The soul of my father is mine; … the soul that sins, that one will die.” For in the flesh sons sometimes perish for their father’s sin. But when the original sin that comes from the parents’ iniquity is forgiven, it is no longer kept in the soul. What does it mean that small children are often snatched away by demons, unless the son’s flesh suffers to punish the father? For the wicked father is struck at in his very self and refuses to sense the force of the blow. Generally he is struck in his sons, so that he burns painfully, and the father’s sorrow is visited on the son’s flesh, insofar as the father’s evil heart is punished by the son’s suffering. But when the sons who are punished for their fathers’ guilt are not little children but already grown, what else should we understand except that they are suffering the punishments of those people whose deeds they imitated? Thus Scripture says rightly, “To the third and fourth

Friends do not make any image or icon of anything and worship it… Do not attempt to assign any image of God or Jesus and then worship it. No matter what the item or the intent, we are commanded not too.
Instead lift up your voice to heaven and sing to Him and praise His name!
Matthew 5:24 ESV
24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
The cross is enough for us to see.... we do not worship the cross, but we remember the love of Jesus for humanity.
The ten commandmetns are
Exodus 20:1–10 ESV
1 And God spoke all these words, saying, 2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before me. 4 “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. 5 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 me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. 7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. 8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.
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