The first of the Ten Commandments forbade having other gods before Jehovah. The second commandment seemed to be a reinforcement of the first, for it forbade worshipping of anything graven in the image of anything in heaven above, earth beneath, or the waters below. Nonetheless, such images were often made and worshiped and at times were described as “teraphim,” and are so referenced in the books of Judges and Hosea. One of the things that make idols, images, and teraphim such a peculiar possession is the assumption that one would worship that greater than himself. That which he fashions with his own hands is surely less than himself. Paul the Apostle wrote that one of the causes for God’s outpouring of wrath is that some worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator.
Written by David Hayes Prophater