by Rick White

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Exodus 20:4-6

Message Truth: Idolatry is not the ridiculous mistake of primitive people. It is an ever present danger. The second commandment does not deal so much with the worship of false gods as it does the possibility of worshipping the one true God falsely.

Exod. 20:4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 5 "You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Introduction: (Il-1) Most of us have had the experience of vacationing in some theme park where we attended some inside attraction and were told by an attendant that photography was not allowed. It seems that the with the price of admission you could take all the pictures you desired, anywhere and anytime. However, that is not the case. Do you ever wonder why ? Perhaps it has to do with not inconveniencing other patrons who are there to see the show. Or there may be some economic motivation (such as, we will be glad to sell you our cards or photographs for your viewing pleasure, and your cash).

(Il-2) While a senior in college I went to study for a J-term in Israel. One of the places of greatest interest to us was the Dome of The Rock. When we went inside we were told that there was to be absolutely no photography. A few of us did not take that warning as seriously as we should have and decided to take a few shots anyway. Armed guards made their way to us promptly and made it clear that this was forbidden. (Foolishly we even tried to take some timed exposures after their warning). To the Moslem world this was a very holy place.

1. The second commandment has so ...

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