The first commandment emphasized the truth that God is God alone, and that there is no God beside Him.

The second commandment presupposes the principle that God is a Spirit, invisible, and infinitely glorious.

Hence, while the first commandment deals with the question who and what God is, the second rather gives an answer, in negative form, to the question how God is.

The negative or prohibitive form of this commandment is: “Thou shalt not make unto thyself any graven image, nor the likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them.”

Now, what does one do who presumes to make an image or representation of the invisible, incomprehensible, infinitely glorious God? He looks about himself in the visible universe. From that visible creation that exists in time and space, that, therefore, is strictly finite, limited, he derives his idea. He looks at the heavens above, at sun, moon, and stars; at the things in the earth beneath: man, beast, and creeping things; or at the creatures that are “under the earth,” below the surface of the earth, in the waters: the fish of the sea, and all sorts of sea-monsters. Of them he makes an image, of silver or gold, of wood or stone. And he declares that the image he made is a true representation of God, that God is like unto the image he made.

It is becoming painfully obvious that the the modern church, including those designating themselves as "Reformed", are increasingly distorting or ignoring completely the Second Commandment of God. In doing so, they have perhaps unwittingly fallen into that great sin of Idolatry. This is a most serious matter and its consequences are frightful.

Thus, this article addresses this subject directly both in its biblical and historical understanding and what peril awaits those who choose to disobey it.

You can read this article here: Image Worship.

In His service and grace,

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