6 ‘I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.7 ‘You shall have no other Gods before Me. 8 ‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image 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; 9 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.
One of the Ten Commandments God gave the children of Israel was to have no other gods beside Him. This was very important, thinking of the fact that a lot of them were born to slave parents and the only ideas they had about a higher being were the gods of Egypt. God wanted His oneness established firmly in their hearts and minds as they breathed freedom for the first time.
The commandment included the forbidding of graven images. Remember God also added the likeness of anything in heaven above. We know this to be the skies where the sun, moon and other planets reside.
Today we have communities around the world that bow to graven images. There are others too who worship stars and other planets, expecting the planets to determine their destinies. Whether graven images made by human hands or planets or anything abiding in the air that the human eye cannot seen, all these are substitutes men have made in place of Yahweh.
We also have people worshipping material things they have acquired. Their lives are totally dictated by their money and the status their money has given them. God is against all such allegiance and worship. He alone is sovereign, and it is in our interest if we acknowledge and fear Him. We will be blessed doing that. We certainly will be better off in this life.
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