The Second Commandment – Q&A #2

The Second Commandment
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image”

Question: What are “graven images”?

Answer: To the people in the Bible, a graven image was an object made from stone, wood, or metal, which had been carved or sculptured. There is nothing wrong with beautiful objects of art, but what the people back then did, was to turn them into idols. They believed the idols were gods that had power over them. The people had to be taught that it was wrong and foolish to worship these material things.

The Hebrews also had to learn that the one true God, the great “I AM,” was not to be represented by any material object, picture, image, or carving that made Him look like a human or an animal. Therefore, the Second Commandment also reminds us that God is Spirit, and is to
be worshipped, or loved, spiritually. He is not to be found in anything made by human hands or mortal thoughts.

In the Bible, John writes: “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4)

Have you ever tried to picture what God might look like? It can’t be done! You know how we can see the effects of wind on a tree, but we cannot see the wind itself? Just so, you can start
watching for the effects of God in your life, even though you cannot see Him with your eyes.
Goodness shown is God in action!

Practice: Today, worship God spiritually by doing a good deed for another.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
Copyright 2001)

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