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Rom. 1:22-23 Images

posted May 29, 2020, 8:28 AM by Jacob Boer

"Claiming to be wise, they became fools; and they exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling a mortal human being or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles."

I’ve sometimes wondered why God made our senses so powerful and important to us and then remains invisible to us and tells us to make sure that we don’t make anything in his image to worship him. It’s so much easier to worship something when you can see, touch, smell, hear or taste. Worshiping God requires faith; faith that trusts that God knows best, but we also have a gracious God who gives us sacraments that we can see, touch, taste, smell and hear in bread, wine/juice and water that keep pointing us to who God is, not what he is. We also have Jesus who became just like us, so we have a God who understands us in our physicalness and desires, and we have a God who lives in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who directly reassures that our God is real.

 

Q. What is God’s will for us in the second commandment?

A. That we in no way make any image of God nor worship him in any other way than has been commanded in God’s Word.

 

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