No Idols

Ten Commandments

#2  Exodus 20:4You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand {generations} of those who love me and keep my commandments. (NIV)

This commandment seems to be in relation with the first commandment to have no other gods before Jehovah.  This command tells us to have no idols in any form even idols crafted after the image of God.  It is these created things by man that become the object of not just worship and honor but of faith, hope, trust, love and salvation.  We do this all the time and never think twice about it because it is so interwoven in our culture.  When we put our faith and trust in; money, homes, jobs, family, husbands, wives, kids, bosses, drugs, alcohol, presidents, angels, saints, tokens, special places, lucky items and anything else we use as comfort for peace and hope.  Our security should lay with God and God only.  God is our source for the things we seek out in other created things.  To add to this we seemed inclined to trust those things created by sinful, imperfect and uncertain humans.  Yet we can’t seem to trust a perfect God; who alone can forgive sin.  God is the creator of all things yet we will find peace with a person or set all of our faith in just having a little more money or becoming a star to solve our problems.  You can have a family who is struggling to make ends meet and they have a very talented son who has the opportunity to make it to the NBA.  That family then place their trust, hope and faith in the son making it so that he rewards would solve their problems.  So easily can they put faith in something that may or may not happen and lose sight of seeking God their source. When Jesus feed the 5,000 the disciples had to return to Christ in order to continue feeding the people.  So the people knew that the source was not the 12 disciples but Jesus himself.  If the disciples would have not come back to Christ there would be no miracle or the disciples could have become the center of worship.  The point is when Christ is the center and you stay connected you can do all things.  When we lose that connection, we will quickly attach to the first idol that comes along.

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