"Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore."
Psalm 16:11 KJV
Psalm 16:11 KJV
"Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth." -- Exodus 20:3-4 KJV
Recently I wrote a post, titled "First and Foremost," about putting God first and making Him Lord over every situation in our lives. Nothing should come before Him. This is His first commandment. His second commandment is more detailed: "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth" (Ex. 20:4). As an illustration, I'm reminded of the story of the golden calf back in Exodus. It wasn't long after God gave Moses the 10 Commandments that the Israelites disobeyed Him. When it seemed as if Moses would never return from the mountain, they requested Aaron to make them an idol god that they could worship. Aaron took all of their gold, melted it, and made a golden calf. This action angered God and soon enough angered Moses. Around 3,000 men were killed as a result of their sin against Him (read Ex. 32). God said that He is a jealous God (Ex. 20:5), meaning we hurt Him when any person or thing grabs our attention more than He does. God is so good and so faithful, but He is also just. We can't expect blessings when we're in disobedience to His word. If you're looking to renew your relationship with the Father, seek His face, and ask Him to create in you a clean heart and renew in you a right spirit (Ps. 51:10-11). He promises to take care of His people and preserve us from all evil (Ps. 121:7), but we need to trust in Him and make Him our only source.
*For more teaching on The 10 Commandments, check out Apostle Curtis' "The 10 Commandments Series" on our audio page.