“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.” (Ex 20:4-6)
Dictionary.com, which is based on the Random House Dictionary, defines “graven” as carved or sculptured. Therefore, by definition, all those nic-nacs and collectables around your home are graven images. From this same source, a “likeness” is defined as “a representation, picture, or image, especially a portrait.”
Do you have treasured scrapbooks and photos in frames around your home or in your cubicle at work? Listen and understand: if there was a fire in your home, which would you try to save, your Bible or your photo albums and home movies? Something to ponder and pray about!
There is a movement in the Wapello County and Jefferson County area to remove pagan influence from Christianity. This movement is small, however growing. One of the ways the movement works is by educating the public which claims to be Christian as to what they are really exposing themselves. The meaning of the the Ten Commandments is one of the areas of education. To find a meeting, call 641-451-1111 and leave a message. Peace in Christ.