by Ken Trivette

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No Photography Please (3 of 11)
Series: Ten Commandments
Ken Trivette
Exodus 20:4-6

1. Occasionally you will visit some place of historical significance and you are greeted by a sign that reads, ''No Photography Allowed.'' I remember when I visited the Westminster Abbey in London. It held interest to me for the great missionary David Livingstone is buried there. I wanted to get a picture of his grave, but there is no photography allowed in the Abbey. I thought I would sneak one, but you can be sure your sin will find you out. I was caught and was kindly told to put my lenscap back on my camera.

2. I am reminded of the story of 300 men who were trapped in an underground mine disaster in Cokeville, Pennsylvania. A Pittsburgh newspaper sent a young reporter to cover the story. He arrived at the scene, and after gathering information, wired his story. ''Cokeville, Pa. No.300. God sits tonight on the hills around Cokeville.'' The night editor was listening to the wire and when he heard the young reporters opening line, he interrupted the message and wired back. ''Stop. Never mind the mine disaster. Interview God. Get pictures.''

3. The second commandment informs us that God does not want His picture made. He will not allow any pictures of Himself. You might say of the second commandment, that God is saying, ''No photography allowed.'' ''Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.''

4. The second commandment has often been misunderstood. Some have refused to have their pictures made or have any pictures in their home. Any photography is disallowed. Others have understood this commandment to mean that all art, statues, replicas, and in some cases, even stuffed animals and dolls, are forbidden by the second commandment. This commandment does not condemn such things, but what it does condemn is the use of such things taking us away from the true object of worship.

5. The first commandment directs us to the true object of our worship, while the sec ...

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