No Idols – 2nd Commandment

No Idols – 2nd Commandment

Exodus 20:4-6


God is a lover of people. He wants to be known by His people. That’s how you do relationship well, and this is entirely about relationship. That’s why Exodus 20:5 says, “For I, the LORD, am a jealous God.” Jealousy is a relational word. This is personal for God and super serious for us. God also knows that this is the path of life for us. In the New Testament, Jesus makes the statement, “the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32) This is true in every possible sense of the word. If we know God accurately – know Jesus accurately and truly – and we live in that truth, it brings life and freedom and joy and human thriving the best it can be experienced this side of heaven. So what’s the problem with having an image or an icon of God or of Jesus that we use even in our worship of Him? It’s a problem because no matter what the image or icon or idol, it presents God imperfectly. An image gets it wrong every single time because God is infinite. Whether it’s a figurine of Buddha or a picture of a man with long hair and a white robe, both images fall infinitely short of capturing the true picture of the living God. And this greatly hurts our worship and our theology. It hurts our relationship with God. God tells us to walk by faith, not by sight. To worship God in Spirit and in truth, not in images or icons that we create because they help take an infinite God and make Him more accessible. We must worship according to His Word and who He says He is.

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