He . . . called me through His Grace, . . . to reveal His Son
in me, that I might preach Him . . . "  Gal 1:15b-16a


No Man Made Likenesses Of God

Exo. 20:4-6

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NKJV 4 "You shall not make for yourself a carved image Т 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;

5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. NKJV


NAS 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. NASU


Catholic Listing

Of the Commands omits the second command as we have it.


1st I am the Lord your God: you shall not have strange Gods before me.


2nd You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in Vain.


3rd Remember to keep holy the Lord's Day.


Introduction

In this command God tells us not to attempt to create an image of His likeness or anything in heaven. God did create in His likeness and in the likeness of Himself.

 

            1.         Ge 1:26-28 26 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. NKJV

 

            2.         Ex 25:18 And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work you shall make them at the two ends of the mercy seat. NKJV

 

            3.         God ordered a Bronze Serpent.

                        a.         Later the people used it in acts of worship.


            2 Ki 18:1b 1 Hezekiah the son of Ahaz, king of Judah, began to reign.. . . 3 And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done. 4 He removed the high places and broke the sacred pillars, cut down the wooden image and broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made; for until those days the children of Israel burned incense to it, and called it Nehushtan. 5 He trusted in the Lord God of Israel, so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor who were before him. NKJV

 

            4.         This command restricts man FROM MAKING LIKENESSES but not God.


Is all art bad. Certainly not -- Church of the Prophets. If we had Power Point I would have a picture of the Ark of the Covenant pictured on the screen.


Illustration 

... you can safely assume you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.

 -- Anne Lamott in Bird by Bird. Christianity Today, Vol. 41, no. 8.


Poem

God said РYou must not have any God but Me.

And before an idol do not bend your knee

Do not take my name in vain, And do not the day of rest profane.

Give both your parents the honor due, seek to eliminate family strife
Do not murder but seek to protect anotherМs life,

Abstain from sexual, immorality, Do your best to live in purity

DonМt steal from others and certainly not Me.


Do not make a wilful lie nor love it and,

What is thy neighbor's do not covet. 

            James McCullen         01-16-09 



 

1.       The . . Inferiority Of Making A Likeness. 20:4

4 "You shall not make for yourself a carved image Т 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;

 

A.        Inferiority Because Of MankindМs . . Structure. 20:4a

4 "You shall not make for yourself a carved image. . .П

 

            1.         Mankind Can Not Make Something Superior .

                        a.         God Made Mankind; we cannot Out do God;

                                    Man is inferior to God.


Isa 40:25-26 25 "To whom then will you liken Me, Or to whom shall I be equal?" says the Holy One. 26 Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, . . .П NKJV

 

            2.         Images always inferior to the original. Wax Museums.

                        a.         God doesnМt melt in a fire. 

B.        Inferiority Because GodМs . . Superiority

Р. . . 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;

 

            1.         Images can be stolen or destroyed

            2.         Images can decay, rot, see corruption.

            3.         Vladimir Lenin washed on a regular schedule


Illustration

Like his father before him, Prof. Ilya Borisovich Zbarsky spent 18 years tending to Vladimir Lenin's embalmed body. Two or three times a week we would wash the body with a special solution to remove mold and blemishes, and once a year we would immerse the body in a special chemical bath. NEVER IN PUBLIC. You donМt wash your dirty Lenin in public!


Jn 4:24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." NKJV


Application


Jn 14:8-11 8 Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us." 9 Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show us the Father'? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. NKJV


 

2.       The . . Iniquity Of Making A Likeness. 20:5a

5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,


The HEBREW Word Iniquity OT:5771 `avon or `avown (2 Ki 7:9; Ps 51:5 [7]) Т

            perversity, depravity, iniquity, guilt or punishment of iniquity

 

            A.        Iniquity Of . . Submitting. 20:5a1

5 you shall not bow down to them . . .П

 

            B.        Iniquity Of . . Serving. 20:5a2

Р. . . nor serve them.

 

            C.        Iniquity Of . . Substituting. 20:5a3

Р. . . For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, . . .П

1 Co 10:19-22 19 What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? 20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord's table and of the table of demons. 22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He? NKJV


Illustration

Husbands, would you like to walk into a room, and find your wife kissing another man? She then says, "He reminded me of you, and he was an aid in helping me think about you. I had you in mind the whole time."


Application


The . . Iniquity Of Making A Likeness. 20:5a


A Person illustrates their hatred of God When

They disobey or reject His Word. 


 

3.       The . . Insanity Of Making A Likeness. 20:5b

Р. . . visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,

 

            A.        Insane To Try To Tell God What He Looks Like.

 

            B.        Insane To Compare An Inanimate Object To The Living God.

 

            C.        Insane to Bow to an image we made?


Illustration

As a child I faithfully listened to the St. Louis CardinalМs Broadcaster Harry Carrey. I listened for probably 10 years before I ever saw a picture of Harry. I was amazed that he look like he did.

You see I made an image of him in my mind.

 

Illustration                Joke: Little girl making a picture of God

Little girl drawing a picture: What are you drawing? I'm drawing God. "You can not do that, no one knows what He looks like." "They will when I get done."

 

            D.        Insane to know this command and then make an image.

            1 Jn 2:3-5 3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. NKJV

 

            E.        Insane to Make An Image I can change, hide, put away or replace.


Illustration

A pastor in of another denomination here in So. East Mo. told some Baptist people if you will join our church I will not preach on any doctrines offensive to you as long as I am the pastor. WHAT GOD DOES HE FOLLOW?


A woman here in Piedmont told me : No I Have not tried Baptist they are too strict. I said yes they are sticklers for what the Bible teaches. In my opinion that woman has her own creation of God. It also shows up in her children.

            1.         God in man's image creates an easy religion.

                            1 Kgs. 12:27-30 27 If these people go up to offer sacrifices in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, then the heart of this people will turn back to their lord, Rehoboam king of Judah, and they will kill me and go back to Rehoboam king of Judah." 28 Therefore the king asked advice, made two calves of gold, and said to the people, "It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, O Israel, which brought you up from the land of Egypt!" 29 And he set up one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan. 30 Now this thing became a sin, for the people went to worship before the one as far as Dan. NKJV


Illustration

Another blow to the school prayer crowd was delivered in federal court yesterday, as the Illinois Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act was ruled unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Robert W. Gettleman. THE PROGRESSIVES LEAD IN THIS ACTION.


WHO ARE THESE PROGRESSIVES? Liberals with a new name. They can't stand as liberals and say I am a liberal they must change their name.


Let me tell you I am a Christian, I am a Christian of the Baptist Persuasion, I am a Baptist of the Old Time Baptist Persuasion. When I die I will still be a Baptist of the Old Time Persuasion. I am not ashamed of what I believe and what I am because I believe God lead me to this position and I don;'t have to change to accommodate the times.


Progressive, liberal, moderate etc.. A skunk by any other name still stinks. Amen? Amen!

 

            F.        Insane to Worship An Image That has a beginning.

Р. . . visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children

            to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,

Illustration

Jewish People rejected Jesus because they had conjured up in there mind what He would be like rather than believing God's Word and actions. They believed their concepts and traditions rather than God and His Word.


Application


The . . Insanity Of Making A Likeness.



 

4.       The . . Insight Of Making A Likeness. 20:6

6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. NKJV


Only Command with a threat and a promise

            In one form or another this is the most often repeated command in the Bible

                            We must hold THINGS OUR HANDS and NOT OUR HEARTS


Conclusion

"Lord Jesus, I long to be perfectly whole.

                        I want Thee forever to live in my soul.

                        Break down every idol, cast out every foe.

                        Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow."