The Second Commandment

Part 2


 Psalm 8:6-8:

"You have made him to have dominion over the works of your hands; You have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, even the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, that pass through the paths of the seas." 

This is part two of the article entitled the Second Commandment. It is listed in Exodus 20:4-6:

"You shall not make for yourselves any carved image, or 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; 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 on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love me and keep my commandments."

In my last article I tried to explain how we as humans were designed after the Creator. We were made after the God kind. The animals were also made after a kind, the angel kind. I also tried to show how, by creating man, God was in a sense reproducing Himself. We are made in His image after His likeness.

Genesis 1:27:

"So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."

He then blessed them. The very first command God gave to man was a blessing.

Genesis 1:28:

"Then God blessed them, and said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply;'............"

God had just finished making mankind after His own image, and then He commands man and woman to reproduce themselves by making beings after their own image and likeness. He formed two parts of mankind to fulfill this command:

Genesis 1:27:

".....male and female He created them."

Mankind is made up of "two parts", male and female. It is through these "two parts" that mankind is able to reproduce themselves after their own image and likeness. How much pride does a parent have when their child looks just like them?

I also tried to illustrate how worshiping idols was in a sense committing adultery. We are worshiping creatures which are lower than His children. We are not reproducing man by making and worshiping idols, which are things of this creation. By worshiping idols, or the creation we are in a sense trying to reproduce animals which are made after the Angel kind.

Exodus 20:5:

"You shall not bow down to them nor serve them........."

Why is this so important?

Exodus 20:5:

"........For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God......"

To get clear understanding of all this let us put it in a human perspective. A man and woman get together and have a child. They have reproduced themselves. The child should look like one or both of them. If this child does not resemble the father in some way but another man then the wife has committed adultery. Remember the old adage, "Mommas baby; daddies maybe. If the husband loved his wife he would certainly be jealous.

Here is another case on point. If the child is taken away from the father and begins to call another man father, would not the true father be jealous? When mankind worships an idol, they are calling another god, Father. Worshiping an idol is giving credit of our existence to something or someone else. We are calling something or someone else "Daddy". 

In another sense we are committing adultery. We are cheating on Him with another god.

Exodus 34:14-16:

For you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they play the harlot with their gods and make sacrifice to their gods, and one of them invites you and you eat of his sacrifice, and you take of his daughters for your sons, and his daughters play the harlot with their gods and make your sons play the harlot with their gods.

Understand!!!!     God is reproducing Himself through us.

Mankind, male and female, are reproducing beings that are made in the image and likeness of the true Father; God.

The animals were made in the image of the angels. As God is over the angels we are over the animals. As it states in the opening verse; He put all things under the dominion of man, all sheep, oxen, fish and birds. These are the very things that we are commanded not to worship. They are here for our purpose and pleasure; they are not to be idolized.

As with all laws there are consequences that come with the breaking of those laws. This also holds true for the second commandment.

Exodus 20:5:

"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 on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me..."

How does one hate God, by breaking His commandments. How does one love God, by keeping His commandments.

Exodus 20:6:

"But showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep my commandments.

John 14:15:

"If you love Me, keep My commandments."

Now let us get back to ancient Israel. After the Lord had given Israel the Ten Commandments, and various other laws, He called Moses up to the top of the mountain.

Exodus 24:12:

"Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Come up to me on the mountain and be there; and I will give you tablets of stone, and the law and commandments which I have written, that you may teach them.' "

Exodus 24:18:

"So Moses went into the midst of the cloud and went up into the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights."

Exodus 32:1:

"Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, 'Come make us gods that shall go before us.....' "

Exodus 32:4:

"And he received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf. Then they said, 'This is your god, O Israel that brought you out of the land of Egypt.'  "

Moses has not been around for a little while, and the first thing the Israelites did was break the first two commandments. They claimed that the idol, which they had made [breaking of the second commandment], was the god which brought them out of the land of Egypt [breaking of the first commandment]. 

By saying this they were claiming that a molded calf, which they had made, was the god who had redeemed them from slavery. By making this claim they denied any family relationship with the Creator. They were not His family, but the calf's family. So for the breaking of this commandment what was their punishment to be?

Speaking to Moses God said:

Exodus 32:10:

"Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them. And I will make of you a great nation."

God was going to consume the people and make a nation through the lineage of Moses. Remember the word consume, it is very important.

Moses was able to talk God into relenting by reminding Him that Israel was His family, and that He had promised their forefathers that their children would inherit the promise.

Exodus 32:13:

"Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants to whom You 

swore by your own self, and said to them, 'I will multiply your 

descendants as the stars of heaven; and all this land that I have spoken 

of I give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.' "

Because of Moses, God changed His mind. He decided He would not destroy

Israel completely, but they would still be punished.

Numbers 14:22-23:

"Because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times and have not heeded my voicethey certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it."

Those people who rejected God would not enter into the Promised Land. It would be the children of these people who would receive the inheritance.

Numbers 14:31:

"But your little ones, whom you said would be victims, I will bring in, and they shall know the land which you have despised."

Even though the children would be able to enter the land, they still were to be punished for the sins of their parents.

Numbers 14:33:

"And your sons shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years, and bear the brunt of your infidelity, until your carcasses are consumed in the wilderness."

God had decided not to end the people Israel all together. He would allow the adults to perish in the desert; their children would then be able to enter the land. The people had rejected the Creator as family, therefore He would reject them as His family, and they would not be part of the inheritance.

The first commandment is God telling us who He is, and who we are. By obeying the second commandment we are accepting that truth, and acknowledging that we are His children, born in His likeness after His image. We are not the children of angles or animals; we are the children of the Creator.

Paul explains the importance of the second commandment, and the consequences of breaking said commandment; to the church which was in Rome. As you read the following scriptures try to apply them to ancient Israel and their sin at Mt. Sinai

Romans 1:21:

"Although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful....."

Ancient Israel witnessed firsthand the power of God. He spoke to them from the top of the mountain, but they did not worship Him, instead the worshiped a cow.  They were not thankful for their liberation from Egypt, but gave all the credit to their idol. They rejected God as their father. They claimed that they were not the reproduction of God. They were saying that they were not His children. He therefore gave them up to their own words.

Romans 1:21-22:

"....but became futile in their thoughts and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like a corruptible man, and birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things."

So how did God give them up to their own words?

Romans 1:26-27:

"For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their woman exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of women, burned in their lust for one another, men with men, committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due."

When we break the second commandment we are denying that we are made in the image of God. Once that is believed then it really doesn't matter if we reproduce other human beings who are made in the same image as us: ie children. It is then of no consequence, if we go against what comes naturally, because we have completely rejected the idea of reproducing others who would be in the image and likeness of God. How? By worshiping idols!! This gives credit to the creation instead of the Creator.

This is how God gives up those who break this commandment to their own words. They end up denying the very purpose for the existence of male and female.

The Israelites who abandoned God at Mt. Sinai were not allowed to enter into their kingdom, and as they had the promise of a physical kingdom, we, the spiritual Israelites, have the promise of an even better kingdom, which is to come. But unlike the Israelites of old, we have a Savior who through His death allows us to be forgiven.

Romans 3:23:

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

Romans 6:23:

"For the wages of sin is death...."

1 Corinthians 15:22:

"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive."

This is the beauty of the gospel; the good news of the coming Kingdom of God. We shall enter because our sins have been forgiven us through the blood and sacrifice of our Lord and elder brother Yahoshua.

As always I pray that this article has in some small way helped you with a better understanding of the second commandment, and how important is this covenant we have with our Father. So until next time dear reader, please take care.