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Does God condone bowing down before graven images?


The answer is obviously NO!

And God spoke all these words: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
– Exodus 20:1-6 (NIV)

 

Why then did God command Moses to make an image?

The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived. – Numbers 21:8-9 (NIV)

 

God did not command the brazen serpent to be made so it would be worshiped.
Hezekiah later destroyed it later because it was worshiped

He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (It was called Nehushtan.) – 2 Kings 18:4 (NIV)

 

Why did God command images to be made for His “Ark of the Covenant”?

Make an atonement cover of pure gold—two and a half cubits long and a cubit and a half wide. And make two cherubim out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover. – Exodus 25:17-18 (NIV)

The mercy seat in the middle is where the invisible presence of God dwelt. He did not want the golden cherubim facing Him to be worshiped. He was showing that He was the one to be worshiped.

 

Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs. – Jonah 2:8 (NIV)

 

It is a lot easier to be caught in the sin of idolatry than you may think.

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