The 2nd Commandment: Make No Idols

Posted by on Dec 13, 2009 in Rev. Serven

Deuteronomy 5:8-10
December 13, 2009
Pastor Marcus J. Serven
Covenant Family Church

It is not too difficult to think of the differing types of idols that have been built by religious people throughout the history of the world. We have seen pictures in various books, or perhaps we have even seen these idols in person. The Bible teaches that idolatry is a stumbling block for all human beings. Calvin emphatically stated “that man’s nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols.” (Institutes 1:11:8) Our very hearts, which by sin are opposed to God, seek to direct our worship towards someone other that the living, holy and eternal God. The Israelites battled the sin of idolatry all throughout their national history, and in the end they fell under God’s severe judgment because of it. Christians, likewise, must guard against idolatry or they and their posterity will suffer the awful consequences! Our Confession exhorts us in the following way,

I. The light of nature shows that there is a God, who has lordship and sovereignty over all, is good, and does good unto all, and is therefore to be feared, loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and served, with all the heart, and with all the soul, and with all the might. But the acceptable way of worshiping the true God is instituted by Himself, and so limited by His own revealed will, that He may not be worshipped according to the imaginations and devices of men, or the suggestions of Satan, under any visible representation, or any other way not prescribed in the holy Scripture. (Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter XXI “Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath Day“, Article 1)

The Main Point of this Sermon:

“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24

1. The Commandment, (vs. 8 )

2. The Reason, (vs. 9a-b)

3. The Consequences, (vs. 9c)

4. The Reward, (vs. 10)