The second of the Ten Commandments is in Exodus 20:4–6. It reads (NLT): “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands".
This tells us that we must worship the correct God, the one and only God, in the correct way. We are not to make any image of God. We are not to pray to any image. We are to worship God how He has commanded us in the Bible. We are not to look for God in paintings, or in images or in any shrines, rather we are to look for God, that is His self revelation of His character, in His word, in the Bible. In our local church we have a table at the front with an open bible on it. God has given us His word as a self revelation of who He is, most clearly in the accounts and words of Jesus. If we want to know God, there is no better way than to prayerfully and daily read His words in the Bible.
You may have noticed that the second commandment has a warning to those who ignore God, compared to the blessing of those who love Him. There is a generational consequence of rejecting the Lord and His ways. We just have to look at the consequences that parental decisions and actions have on their children. One generation turns it back on God and the Church and the next one grows up without God and without any teaching about the Lord. The really good news is that the Lord can break destructive generational cycles as we turn to Him. Look at the limit placed on destructive generational consequences "to third and fourth generations of those who reject me". Now compare that to the Lord's words, "but I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands". My prayer is for each of us to be those who love the Lord and therefore seek to obey His commands. There is no better way to be a positive influence (salt) to those around us.
Our services this Saturday/Sabbath are listed below, both at the Great Yarmouth Church and the Lowestoft Church. Zoom and Facebook will be live-streamed from the Great Yarmouth Church. This Sabbath Danail Keshishyan will be speaking at Great Yarmouth. Dean Campbell will be speaking at Lowestoft. The Communion Service at Lowestoft is delayed till December 11th as Pastor Mark is not well.
May the Lord bless you and keep you,