Monday, September 12, 1994


READ: Exodus 32:1-14




"You shall not make for yourself a carved image."


Exodus 20:4


Years ago, Life magazine carried on its cover an artist's rendering of God as an

old man with long white hair and stern facial features. Charles Hodge said,

"Idolatry consists not only in the worship of false gods,

but also in the worship of the true God by images."


Any visual portrayal of deity can be dangerous. No created thing

can convey God's true and complete character. That's why God

commanded Israel not to make any image or likeness of anything in

heaven or on earth as an object of worship. Such images dishonor

God because they distort His glory, and this can lead to sin.


Theologian J. I. Packer suggests that the people of Israel

intended to worship Jehovah when Aaron made the golden calf. He

says they were using the bull-image as a reminder of God's great

might in delivering them from Egypt. But strength is just one

aspect of His character. The calf showed nothing of His holiness.

Thus the people turned the "feast to the Lord" into a wild,

sensual party. (Ex. 32:5-8).


To worship an image or picture of any Person of the Trinity is idolatry

and veils God's glory. It leads us astray. God is a spirit, and those

who worship him must worship Him in spirit and truth" (Jn. 4:24).


- Dennis J. DeHaan


Great Father of glory, pure Father of light, Thine angels adore

Thee, all veiling their sight; All praise we would render

O help us to see 'Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee!


- Smith




God made us in His image, but we cannot make Him in ours.