Oh To Be Wise Meditations
Do not make idols that look like anything in the sky or on earth or in the ocean under the earth. Don't bow down and worship idols. I am the LORD your God, and I demand all your love.
(Idolatry suggests a metaphysical economy where lots of different gods provide human beings with lots of different services in exchange for their worship. If one god doesn’t give me what I want, I’ll just go to a different one. But if we, the readers and believers of the Torah, have only one God, then we must understand that everything, good and bad, comes from Him, and we must contend with this reality rather than run from it.
Therefore, the second of the ten commandments, the prohibition against idolatry, is fundamental to Jewish thought. Of course, other “gods” are not a threat to God’s authority. As with the first commandment, the key to understanding this commandment is looking through the prism of building a relationship with God. We work on our relationship with God by staying loyal and committed to Him, and not searching for other outlets, even when He isn’t giving us what we want. Reference: https://www.alephbeta.org/the-ten-commandments)
If you reject me, I will punish your families for three or four generations. But if you love me and obey my laws, I will be kind to your families for thousands of generations. Part of having no other gods before Him is putting your trust in Him only. In a world that is always looking for another way. God has given us the Only Way which is through His Son. Our hope is in Jesus if your a Christian. We are to not trust in any other name for what we need and want. Idols are very easy to worship, especially we if become one ourselves. We are called by God to be images of Christ Jesus our LORD. Let us worship Him only and trust in the Gospel Power.
Meditate Ex. 20:4