This is the third post in the series I’m doing on the 10 Commandments. The first one was called “Does God Change” where I expressed my belief that the commandments are just as binding today as they were in the time of Moses. The second post “The 1st Commandment” talked about how easy it is to break that commandment in our present world, and the ways we do that. In this third post I want to talk about what the 2nd commandment is, and see if we’re living up to God’s expectations in keeping.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—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 nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
So how do we break the 2nd Commandment?
Have you ever seen someone cross themselves and then kiss a cross or some saints medal that they have around there neck. That would be breaking the 2nd Commandment.
Although I believe churches do it in ignorance, many have a big cross or statue of Jesus at the front of their worship service. What would you call that? “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above”.
God tells us let our yes be yes, and our no’s be no; because He doesn’t want us swearing an oath. For there is nothing that we have created to swear by, but all was created by God. He tells us not to pray on the street corners to be seen of men, but to go into a private place to pray. These two things alone tells us that God is not impressed with our outward shows of piousness or religious worship. People need to know we’re Christ’s by our actions, our attitudes and our works, not religious speak; nor symbols on our bodies, cars and walls.
If someone wears a cross as jewelry I’m not saying they are breaking the 2nd Commandment, I don’t know their heart; but I have to ask, “What’s the purpose or reasoning”? How do fish symbols on our cars deepen our relationship or worship of God? Are they a form or worship of God or are they show for others?
I had an uncle who has since past that had a little figurine of Mary, Jesus’ mother on his counter facing the front door with a jar full of change next to it. He told me it was supposed to bring him good financial luck. I have another uncle who is a Jehovah Witness who will not walk into someone’s house if they have a Christmas tree. I understand his problem with the tree, but not the power he gives it. Does a Christmas tree or any tree for that matter have power for good or bad? I think not.
When God says He’s a jealous God, He’s not kidding. With that said, He is also a loving, merciful, generous and kind God. But does not want our worship the way we want to worship Him, He wants us to worship Him the way He has said. He doesn’t want us praying to likenesses of Him, but to Him alone.
So many things boiling down to our hearts and intentions. If you’re not sure you’re worshiping God properly, go into a room by yourself, open your bible and ask God to show you in the scriptures how He wants to be worshiped. If you give your heart to God, He will bring you to where you need to be.