By Wolfgang Wegert
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Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart. They do nothing wrong; they walk in his ways. You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed. Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands” (1-6). 46 The First Commandment: Thou shalt have no other gods before me16 “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3, KJV). If you take a closer look at the Ten Commandments, you will note that God does not address the public in general but rather, you as an individual.
Even the most glorious representation would belittle His majestic state and thus mar His honor. Every image brings the unchangeable, eternal, uncreated God in par with the created, mortal, and carnal. God however is an eternal Spirit. So every image would be a lie because it could never measure up to the eternal and almighty God. To top it all, such representations convey, inevitably, the wrong idea of who God is. This causes God’s true state to be exchanged with that of a human state. and about His divine nature What kind of a sin is it, when we erect images and cause people to be deceived about the true nature of God?
At the same time, it is our realization that not one of us is capable of keeping them. Not a single person can claim he will receive God’s righteousness on account of his ability to fully meet God’s standards. We cannot become righteous and holy, unless we accept the sacrificial gift Christ offers us. There is no way 31 apart from Him because He is the One Who died for our sins and thereby fulfilled the entire Law. Jesus is the key to the Law. It comes as no surprise, then, that Jesus tells us in John 14:15: “If you love me, you will obey what I command”.