After the Ten Commandments had been given, the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites this: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven. Do not make any gods to be alongside of Me. Do not make for yourselves idols of silver or gods of gold.'” But while Moses was still up on the mountaintop receiving the Commandments, the children of Israel made a golden calf and danced around it and worshipped it.
We tend to think of idols as primitive objects of worship — little animals or figures made of wood or clay or metal. How convenient it must have been to have a god one could see and touch and feel! How comforting it must have been to have a god one could hold in one’s hand and control and manipulate. Of course, we don’t have these idols anymore and, therefore, the commandment to put aside false gods is not as important to us as the others.…
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