2004-07-24 - The Second Commandment
The Ten Commandments, Part 2
Exodus 20:4 (NASB) You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.
This commandment is related to the first one. And many of us have heard it for decades. But I am asking us to think about it from a different angle tonight. After prayer, this is what came to me:
Even those of us who pray and read the Bible daily can break this commandment. For any idea of God that doesn't line up with the Bible is itself idolatrous.
Some of us think of God a "Santa Claus" who should give us everything we want, a "Sugar Daddy," to use street vernacular.
Some of us consider God a harsh taskmaster, just frowning down upon us, ready to pounce on us for the slightest mistake.
Some of us worship a limited "god," who we believe cares only about "important issues" like wars or famine, and don't feel we should "bother" him with "smaller" issues such as friendships, work dissatisfaction or depression - overlooking the fact that God cares even for each individual bird.
Some of us worship an exclusive "god," whom we think is pleased only with our own particular church or denomination. We may be judging others and adding man-made traditions to the scriptures, even though our Lord warned us against that.
I challenge you (and myself) to dig into God's word for yourself, and get to know and worship the REAL God, the only True God. He may not be the one you have been taught about, nor the one you have been praying to. You may have some wonderful surprises in store. I would love tohear about your discoveries.
Comments or Questions?