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The Second Commandment (Part 2)

An artistic rendition of the priestly attire

Some ancient cultures understood the importance of not making likenesses on their pottery and homes. Geometric designs were used instead. However, there are records in the Bible where images were used. For instance, the pomegranates on the priestly robe were woven into the hem as commanded by the Father to Moses. The reason these were endorsed is unclear. The reading of Exodus 20:4-6 could be punctuated in a manner that would permit the creation of likenesses, so long as they were not worshiped: ancient Hebrew had no punctuation, so scholars made educated guesses as the scrolls were translated ( Alternatively, pomegranates are said to have been the forbidden fruit, so this symbol on the hem may have served as a reminder to the Israelites of their sins.

Today, celebrities such as Hannah Montana and the Jonas Brothers have their images plastered on everything from album covers to shoes. These are highly coveted items among our young people, to the point where our society has labeled these celebrities as “idols”. There is a fine line between revering an elder and worshiping a celebrity. Has your child or teen crossed that line? Have you crossed that line?

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.


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