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2ND COMMANDMENT EXODUS 20:4-6 ‘DO NOT MAKE GRAVEN IMAGES’

June 22, 2010

The Second Commandment: Exodus 20:4-6

INTRO: Philosopher once said, “God made man in His own image, and man decided to return the favor.”

-1st commandment says don’t worship a false god; 2nd commandments says worship the true God in the right way! Not enough just to worship the true God, but must worship Him correctly!

1st application: This commandment assumes some things about man:

a)      Man is by nature a worshipper

  1. People actually making idols physically – idols often said to be ‘the works of man’s hands’…what are the things man makes today the people worship? Celebrity, wealth, status, material goods, etc.
  2. People making idols idealogically, spiritually…in their minds…cf “I don’t think God is like…”

b)      Man by nature pollutes the true worship of the true God and wanders away from God

c)       Man gravitates towards physical creation over invisible creator…” cf. Romans 1:18ff

d)      Man needs redemption brought to Him by the revelation of the word of God! We see that ultimately in Jesus Christ. This command tells us what we need rescuing from.

2nd application: God determines how we are to worship Him…. The heart of this commandment is God honoring worship!

a)      No other mediator – no object can mediate God’s presence…cf. altar of today to Christ’s finished work ….Hebrews 13 “Christ is our altar

  1. Material ‘worship helpers’ are forbidden…cf. the sufficiency of scripture is undermined..it’s as if God’s word is not good enough to sustain, motivate, etc us
  2. Cf good luck charms, horoscopes
  3. Pictures of Jesus and in the movies!!!  Cf. Mormons/JW’s who are idolaters theologically, yet look how often their literature uses pictures of Jesus?!
  4. What do people want out of images/idols? It is how you control the god/s to get what you want.  The want a material mediator but only Christ is our mediator and here I must speak against something that is sacred to Baptist but should not be sacred:
  5. THE ALTAR IN MODERN EVANGELISTIC APPEALS…WHAT IF WE SAID MEN MUST STAND UP FROM THEIR SEATS, OR GET UP AND MOVE TO THE BACK OF THE CHURCH? WHAT DO THESE HAVE TO DO WITH THE WORK OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD? THE ONLY ALTAR IS THE ALTAR UPON WHICH CHRIST WAS CRUCIFIED, THE CROSS AND HIS BLOOD SPRINKLED BEFORE THE ALTAR OF GOD IN HEAVEN FOR OUR SINS….WE ARE THE NEW TEMPLE, SANCTUARY….AN ALTAR IS REALLY A BAPTIST VERSION OF CATHOLICS PENANCE…

OBJECTION: BUT WHAT IF WE NEED TO PRAY? 

 RESPONSE: IS IT MORE SPIRITUAL, DOES IT EFFECT MORE GRACE BECAUSE YOU COME TO A SPECIFIC PIECE OF WOOD, PLACE IN THE CHURCH? CF W/ CATHOLIC VIEW IS MORE OT THAN NT FULFILMENT…CATHOLICA CHURCH HAS INCENSE, SPECIAL CLASS OF PRIESTS, ‘SACRIFICES FOR SINS AKA PENITNECE/GOOD WORKS TO MAKE UP FOR BAD’…CAN CATHOLIC BE SAVED WITHOUT THESE IN THEIR VIEW? YES BUT IT HELPS…CF BAPTIST, CAN BE BAPTIST BE SPIRITUAL W/OUT ALTAR, YES BUT IT HELPS…HOW SO?

OBEJCTION: BUT PEOPLE NEED TO RESPOND TO THE MESSAGE/CHALLENGE…

RESPONS: IF THE PERSON IS NOT WILING TO OBEY CHRIST 10 MINUTES LATER, THEN IT WAS ONLY EMOTIONAL AND NOT A REAL REPENTANCE/ACT OF WORSHIP…ILLUSTRATION: LLOYD JONES “MAN SAID IF YOU GAVE INVITATION I WOULD HAVE CAME TO CHRIST…”WILL YOU COME TO HIM NOW?” NO’ “THEN IT WAS NOT A WORK OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD’.  REALITY IS EVERYBODY ALWAYS RESPONDS TO THE MESSAGE, WHETHER OBEDIENTLY, OR DISOBEDIENTLY!…OBEDIENT RESPONSE TO THE WORD OF GOD IS CALLED WORSHIP.

OBJECTION: PEOPLE MAY WANT OTHERS TO PRAY WITH THEM….

RESPONSE: 1ST, THIS SHOULD BE 1ST PRIORITY WITH THEIR ELDERS   2ND, WHAT IS WRONG WITH TAKING MORE TIME THAN THE CLOSING FEW MINUTES OF HYMN TO GATHER OTHERS AROUND YOU FOR EXTENDED PRAYER? CF. WE THINK TRANSFORMATIONAL PRAYER HAPPENS IN INVITATIONAL TIME YET BIBLE SPEAKS OF PERSEVERANCE IN PRAYER AND HABITUALLY PRAYING FOR OTHERS FOR CHANGE…HOW DO YOU SQUARE THIS WITH ‘INVITATION PRAYING”…I WONDER HOW MANY COME TO ALTAR TO ALLEVIATE THEIR GUILTY FEELINGS AND NOT REALLY DEAL WITH ISSUE.

POINT OF INTERST: GODLIEST PEOPLE I KNOW AREN’T ONES USUALLY GOING TO ALTAR, BUT BATTLING IT OUT DAY AFTER DAY IN THE TRENCHES OF SPIRITUAL WARFARE

POINT OF INTEREST 2: BRIEF HISTORY AND THEOLOGY OF WHY ALTAR EVANGELISM CAME INTO PRACTICE….ALSO CF. GRAHAM’S THEOLOGY: ‘TO CONFESS CHRIST, COME FORWARD…NO!!!! TO CONFESS CHRIST, BE BAPTIZED AND JOIN THE CHURCH!!!!”

MORE BIBLICAL ALTERNATIVE: 1) PRIORITY OF ELDERS FOR COUNSEL/PRAYER  2) WEEKLY ACCOUNTABILITY…BEST MODE IS THRU SUNDAY SCHOOL…’SEE ELDERS JOB IS EPH. 4:6-11..’EQUIP YOU SO THAT BODY CAN BUILD ‘ITSELF’ UP”

b)      Regulative principle – only worship God the way He says

  1. the total corruption and deceitfulness of the human heart disqualifies man from judging what is to be admitted into the worship of God

c)       John Knox expressed the matter pointedly: “All worshipping, honoring, or service invented by the brain of man in the religion of God, without his own express commandment, is idolatry”

d)      Warning against human traditions ..charismatic tendencies of excess, Baptist of minimizing ordinances as worship..

  1. Wrong worship gives false testimony about who God is…what does your worship say about what you believe about God? About God in your life? Not encouraging false pretensions but where is your heart?

                                                                                                   i.      Cf. idols are limited but God is not

                                                                                                 ii.      An idol is created, God IS

                                                                                                iii.      Idol is not living, God is the everliving God

                                                                                               iv.      Idols imply human control over the ‘god’, Christ is Sovereign!

                                                                                                 v.      Idols imply need, Christ is the sustainer/up holder of all things! “In Him all things hold together.”

                                                                                               vi.      Idols are visual related and not heard, God is heard but not seen…that means no pictures of Jesus! ..cf society ‘visual is replacing verbal’…cf. texting and no converstation!!

 3rd application: We become what we worship – Psalm 115:1-8 Their idols [graven images] are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speaks them through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; [so is] every one that trusteth in them. (Psalms 115:1-8).

a)      2 Cor. 3:18- beholding Him we are changed from glory to glory…

b)      making an idol also means making yourself or leading others away from being conformed to the image of God in Christ!….How do we change? By beholding…2 Cor. 3:18 “beholding Him we are changed from glory to glory….”  “those who make idols become like them” (Psalm 115)     Application: what are you conformed to? What do you talk about? What/who do you act like? Who/what do you admire? Who/what do you long for more than god?

c)       Cf. imaginations, fantasy, if only statements, what makes you happy pursuits, what do you meditate upon in trouble or for joy?

d)      Importance of taking thoughts captive and renewing our minds on the nature/character of God in Christ

4th application: Our depth of theology and purity of worship will shape generations to come.

a)      Vs. 5,6

b)      Again, cf. Deut. 6

c)       What this does NOT mean: it is NOT a curse in sense that you are zapped bec you had bad parents, but unbiblical parents beget likeness in teaching them what to love, worship, etc.

d)      What it DOES mean: God works thru means!

5th application: Where and how is the commandment fulfilled?

a)      Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God…we perceive Him through the preached word and through the ordinances of the church.. (Col. 1:15; Heb. 1:3). WE SEE HIM FULLY IN THE GOSPEL…CF. 1 PETER “WE HAVE A MORE SURE WORD” AND YET HE SAW HIM AND NOT ONLY THAT SAW HIM AT THE TRANSFIGUREATION!!! WOW, WHY NEED PICS OR OTHER ‘SPIRITUAL RELICS’?

b)       Our devotion to him precludes worship of any other image.

  1. He also obeyed this law and suffered the consequence as if He broke it…this is substitutionary atonement; double imputation

c)       Man is made in the image of God…can’t love God and yet hate our fellow man…here we see the image of God and yet we despise it and then we go off and make/love our own Gods or try to approach God in worship? Cf Matt 5 “If your brother has something against you, leave gift at altar, 1st be reconciled, then come present gift.”

d)      Recall how these two tie back into Loving God and Loving man as the fulfillment of the law

e)      We see this in the celebration of the ordinances where we behold Christ and the transformed person representing the image of God which leads us to worship God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

6th application: What will you do?

  1. God is to be worshipped bec He is jealous for His fame, He is God and has all rights, and He is redeemer for sinful man (I brought you out of the land of Egypt..You know God is saving your life right now? Why are you still alive though you’ve sinned against Him?)
  2. And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols [graven images]? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (2 Corinthians 6:16).
  3. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8).
  4. Will you put away your idols/false images/ideas of God and come to Christ who IS the image of God, who has provided redemption for you to be restored yourself back to being in the image of God?
  5. Christians will only put away their false gods when they see manifest beauties of one who is the fullness of the image of God…see Christ and idols will fade!
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