Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 9/23/2007

Yesterday’s message in The Ten Commandments for Today series was on the second commandment. The message was called No Idols, taken from Exodus 20:4-6.

Exodus 20:4-6 – 4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand [generations] of those who love me and keep my commandments.” (NIV)

The main idea of the message was that we should make sure that we are worshiping the true and living God and not merely an image of God. Here is the outline of the message:

1) What does the second commandment prohibit?

    – You shall not make idols (verse 4)

    – You shall not worship idols (verse 5)

2) Why should I obey the second commandment?

    – God is a jealous God (verse 5)

    – God punishes the children for the sin of the fathers (verse 5)

    – God shows love to a thousand generations (verse 6)

3) What are some modern examples of idolatry today?

    – False images of God (1 Kings 8:27)

    – Greed and covetousness (Colossians 3:5; Luke 12:15)

    – Sexual impurity (Romans 1:21-32)

    – Superstition (Isaiah 2:6-9)

Positive corollary: God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24)

    – We must worship God for who he is

    – We must worship God according to his commands

    – We must worship God through Jesus (Colossians 1:15)

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