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Second Commandment

I read the next Psalm and commandment, but haven't had a chance to post until now. I apologize for being a little late with the post.
Exodus 20:
4 "You shall not make for yourself a carved 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. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. (ESV)
Deuteronomy 5:
8 "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 9 You shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 10 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. (ESV)
This commandment bars making your own gods to worship. Note, that this is very similar to the first commandment; but the Lord thought it worth repeating. Note, however, that this commandment comes with a reason. God is jealous for his children, and that I believe is a reflection of His love for us. Imagine if a child were to tell their father, "I don't want you as a dad, so I built one out of wood. I'll give it all the honor and love that I think a real dad deserves." Don't you think that most fathers would be deeply hurt by this action? Why, then, do so many people put so many things before God? The world is enticing, we have much we have built to entertain ourselves; but, true happiness cannot be bought at a store or created by knowing who the next American Idol is. Happiness, for me at least, is when my daughter looks up from her crib and smiles at me. Happiness is when my wife tells me she loves me before I go off to work. You can't put a dollar amount on the way it feels to help someone in need, and you can't pay enough to remove the guilt of ignoring someone's suffering. God also promises in this commandment that he will visit iniquity to the 3rd and 4th generation. So, if you cut yourself off from God you are likely teaching your children to do the same. He will judge the unrepentant sinner that passes on his immoral or disobedient lifestyle to his children. But there is hope, for He also says that unfaltering love will be upon those who love and obey the Lord.

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