The Ten Commandmants: Commandments 1 & 2

  3 “You shall have no other gods before me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself an image 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;Exodus 20:3-5a(NIV)

The Ten Commandments were the laws that God Himself wrote for His people. The first commandment is “You shall have no other gods before me.” What that commandments means is that there shall be no idol worship among His people, for God is our one and only God. However the idols mentioned in the commandment do not just include  those gigantic statues  that the pagans use to worship. What the commandment means that we

should not hold anything above God, anything that takes up most of your time and alienates you from people and from God. A perfect example of a modern idol is video games.  How many people do you know or have heard

of spending hours, days, playing all kinds of video games, while they ignore their friends and family because their god is the mighty control. God created this commandment because He knew that the Israelites would be tempted by the lure of foreign idols, while there may not be anymore large golden statue around to tempt us there are still plenty of other idols in the world that, if allowed, will become our gods.

The Second commandment is “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.” Now people often assume that this commandment is just a repetition of the first commandment. But in reality it what this commandment means is that making images of Jesus, or Christian relics as such crosses, as holy. The cross itself is not holy, what happened on the Cross is holy, and making objects, even if they are meant to represent God, we are just making inanimate objects, like the pagan idols of old, as holy as God is.

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Posted on April 23, 2012, in Spiritual Life and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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