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The Second Commandment

Jay Christian Huynh

The Bible clearly states:

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or 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” (Exodus 20:4).

What does that mean?  In plain English, this means: Do not make any graven or molded images as listed in Deuteronomy 4:15-18, because doing so is breaking God’s commandments. This commandment is stated in many places of the Bible but many people continue to ignore it. For people who do not know what graven or molded means, here is the dictionary definition.

Graven: Cut into a desired shape; “graven images”; “sculptured representations.”
(Source: www.thefreedictionary.com)

Molded: To shape in or on a mold.
(Source: www.thefreedictionary.com)

Graven images would count as statues, sculptures, tiles, etc.  Molded images would be a majority of toys, fishing or hunting bait or other items around the house that take the shape as animals or plants.  Now that we know what graven and molded mean, along with some examples, we need to know what kind of images God bans.  The Bible states what shapes the Lord does not want. 

“Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air, The likeness of anything that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth” (Deuteronomy 4:15-18).

These verses mean that the Lord does not want us to make graven figures of any creature that lives on earth nor in heaven. They include mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, angels, etc. We cannot make nor have these graven images, or we will break God’s commands.

“Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.” (Deuteronomy 27:15). 

Now you know God does not want us to have, buy nor make these things. Many people will say, “It’s okay to have it if we don’t worship it.” Consider the situation provided to you below:

Imagine that you told your friend specifically not to eat the last slice of pizza, but your friend just licked the slice and now the pizza is ruined. “I didn’t eat it, I just tasted it!” That situation is similar to what the Lord says, because He clearly does not want anyone to have anything to do with idols. For those who say: “I don’t worship it, I just have it!” God does not want these things in our house, in our car, at our work place nor at a party. Check around to see where these things could be to get rid of them.

Sometime ago, my family and I were watching a church sermon on TV. The pastor was talking about the Second Commandment.  When we heard the pastor speak, we opened a Bible to clarify what the sermon specifically meant by graven or molded images.  We eventually saw that I had many toys that fit in the category of both graven and molded.  Then, we started throwing away all of my toys that would fit under this category (I have had these since I was 5).  I ended up throwing away a huge number of the toys that I liked, but it was for God.  This verse also explains that sacrifices should be made for God.

“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” (I Corinthians 13:11)

Today, I still keep this commandment and stopped buying graven or molded items such as Legos.  Since God gave me the strength to do this, anybody can do this through the power of God.

Graven images would count as statues, sculptures, tiles, etc.  Molded images would be a majority of toys, fishing or hunting bait or other items around the house that take the shape as animals or plants.  Now that we know what graven and molded mean, along with some examples, we need to know what kind of images God bans.  The Bible states what shapes the Lord does not want. 

“Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air, The likeness of anything that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth” (Deuteronomy 4:15-18).

These verses mean that the Lord does not want us to make graven figures of any creature that lives on earth nor in heaven. They include mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, angels, etc. We cannot make nor have these graven images, or we will break God’s commands.

“Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.” (Deuteronomy 27:15). 

Now you know God does not want us to have, buy nor make these things. Many people will say, “It’s okay to have it if we don’t worship it.” Consider the situation provided to you below:

Imagine that you told your friend specifically not to eat the last slice of pizza, but your friend just licked the slice and now the pizza is ruined. “I didn’t eat it, I just tasted it!” That situation is similar to what the Lord says, because He clearly does not want anyone to have anything to do with idols. For those who say: “I don’t worship it, I just have it!” God does not want these things in our house, in our car, at our work place nor at a party. Check around to see where these things could be to get rid of them.

Sometime ago, my family and I were watching a church sermon on TV. The pastor was talking about the Second Commandment. When we heard the pastor speak, we opened a Bible to clarify what the sermon specifically meant by graven or molded images. We eventually saw that I had many toys that fit in the category of both graven and molded. Then, we started throwing away all of my toys that would fit under this category (I have had these since I was 5). I ended up throwing away a huge number of the toys that I liked, but it was for God. This verse also explains that sacrifices should be made for God.

“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” (I Corinthians 13:11)

Today, I still keep this commandment and stopped buying graven or molded items such as Legos.  Since God gave me the strength to do this, anybody can do this through the power of God. The Scriptures tells us that the law of God is important and we should never forget it.

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:8).

“Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God” (I Corinthians 7:19).

Jay Christian Huynh (13 years old)
07/10/2012

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