The Second Commandment
Alright, now, would you take God's word please and turn to Exodus chapter 20, Exodus chapter 20. We're preaching through the Ten Commandments and we've come now to the second of these ten. We read verses 4 through 6, Exodus 20:4-6. ''Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven 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; thou shalt not bow down thyself to them nor serve them, for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquities of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.''
Now, I don't know everything about you but I know one thing about you, you have an instinctive desire to worship God. It is true of all men everywhere. Man worships instinctively almost as instinctively as he breathes. Now you say, What about an atheist? Well, a man is not born an atheist, he only becomes an atheist when he commits moral suicide. People have an instinctive desire to worship God. Man was created to worship and if he does not worship the true God he will worship a false God and if he does not worship the true God the right way, then he will worship in the wrong way. The first commandment tells us who to worship - ''I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt have no other Gods before me. The second commandment tells us how to worship. The first commandment forbids false gods, the second commandment forbids false worship.
I want us to look at this second commandment under three simple headings, the first of which is, in order to keep this commandment, we must have, number one, a proper conception of God, a proper conception of God. This is the reason that the Lord has so emphatically forbidden the making of a graven image, because it misrepresents God. No God who is a spiritual God as our God is could be rep ...
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