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Is God your God? Can you confess with Peter, "Lord, Thou knowest all things, Thou knowest that I love Thee" (John 21: 17)? Many people are sorry for past commitments they have made; many dying persons lament previous decisions they have made, but never has there been one who regretted obeying the first commandment. Loving God above all is a deathbed's comfort and crown. By God's grace, will it adorn your death?

THE SECOND COMMANDMENT

The second commandment states, "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them, for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me and keep My commandments" (Exodus 20:4-6). The first commandment testifies of whom we are to worship. The second speaks of how we are to worship. The second commandment forbids the worshipping of God through the use of images or pictures. It requires the worshipping of God in spirit and in truth, according to the procedures He has ordained. We are required to study, practice, and keep pure all the religious worship ordinances God has appointed in His Word.

The second commandment teaches us that God must be worshipped according to His will, not according to man's ideas. The following scriptural examples illustrate this truth.


    God had instructed Old Testament Israel regarding the construction and use of the ark, also how it was to be moved. The ark was to be carried, by means of staves, upon the shoulders of the priests. God's ark, which symbolized His presence, was to be carried in a lofty, kingly fashion.

    In II Samuel, we read that the heathen Philistines had captured and later returned the ark to Israel. When returning the ark, they had set it upon an animal-drawn cart, as one would transport a common load of goods. The Israelites had observed this, and when transporting the ark

 

Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and everyone that loveth Him that begat loveth Him also that is begotten of Him.

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments.

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous.

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

- I John 5:1-4

 


 

God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.

- John 4:24

 

  • Staves - Poles; rods which were placed through attached rings to carry the ark


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