The Ten Commandments Series- 2nd Commandment

Exodus 20:4
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.


Summary
This commandment is a branch off the first commandment about not having any other Gods. During this time in the Bible, and in many countries still today, people worshiped anything and everything. God was instructing His people not to be like the other people in other nations that worshiped lifeless idols that could not do anything for them. The irony in this is the fact that when Moses came down off of Mount Sinai, he found his fellow Israelites doing this very thing. They had constructed a golden calf for the people to pay homage to. It made Moses furious when he saw this; to the point that he threw down the stone tablets that the 10 commandments were engraved on and broke them into pieces.

I find this commandment to convict me of what we are guilty of doing in today's age. We make statues of people that have had great success and or great accomplishments. Read what the Bible says in Deuteronomy 4:15-19, "You saw no form of any kind the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman, or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air, or like any creature that moves along the ground or any fish in the waters below. And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars- all the heavenly array-do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the LORD your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven."

Think about all the statues we see and about all the people that turn to horoscopes for guidance. The stars cannot tell us what path we are on or where our day will take us. Only God knows what will happen in the next moments of life. Give homage to God, He is the One who controls our very being. He is the One who determines whether or not we are going to take our next breath. Unlike the idols that people have set up to worship, God is alive and is working in the lives of His people. If you call on Him from your heart, He will answer and start revealing Himself to you as you diligently seek Him.  
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