Deuteronomy – Deu 5:8-10 Thou Shalt Not Make Thee Any Graven Image

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Deuteronomy - Deu 5:8-10 Thou Shalt Not Make Thee Any Graven Image

Deu 5:8 Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:
Deu 5:9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,
Deu 5:10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.

Last week we went over these verses and learned what it meant to make an image of anything in heaven above, which we know is our minds and heart. Today we will go over what it means to make an image of earth beneath or the waters beneath the earth. We will start off with this familiar scripture;

Jer 22:29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.
Jer 22:30 Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.

We normally go over verse 29, but seldom do we cover verse 30. We are the man that shall never prosper, we are the man who will not have any children to set on the throne of David, which is a type and shadow of Christ, because flesh and blood cannot enter the kingdom of God. This is telling the "earth, earth, earth" that it will never prosper in the kingdom of God because it cannot make itself righteous. The flesh does rule in its supposed religion. It does proclaim itself as sitting on the throne of David. It does say, "I'm a literal Israelite, therefore I'm on the throne." It does say, "I'm a christian, so I'm on the throne", but all of these statements are false. The earth is made corruptible, movable and without spiritual truth. The physical earth is moved by man by digging holes, making streams or dams, and so is our spiritual earth. We move our earth to look nicer, cleaner, and yet it still continues to die.

The closer to death we get in the natural, the more we try to cover the obvious by makeup, hair pieces, hair plugs, facials, and so on. The vanity is trying to make ourselves look better so that we can get satisfaction from the compliments of others. In the literal world people believe in global warming, due to the acts of man, as though man controls the predestined plan of God which has planned for the total destruction of the world as we know it. The point being, we are the earth, and this earth is dying daily as predestined by God. We cannot slow down or abate the already preset plan of God for each individual who has ever entered the world, nor can we do the same for the physical earth. Take this same truth, and apply it inwardly. MY flesh, in no way, shape or form, can ever produce one iota of goodness that will allow God to give me spiritual knowledge. Let's hear that again;

"...Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah."

This is exactly what this verse means to us the elect. God, through the mouth of Christ, is telling us that our flesh shall be childless when it comes to sitting on the throne of Christ. There is nothing that I can go to God with which will allow my flesh to be in Christ. We have covered the word "image" last week and how it meant the same word "similitude", and so today we take that same wisdom and apply it to these verses. Our earth cannot produce an image that God would look upon as good. Whatever we create and try to hold up to Him is being created by the very darkness by which He himself has blinded us, like the parables.

Mat 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Mat 13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Mat 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
Mat 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
Mat 13:15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

One of the most important things we can see is who we are - blind, ignorant of truth, destitute of anything spiritual and lastly, that we are the man of sin, the image of the earth beneath. When we are given the eyes to see that we are the abomination of desolation, and that abomination is what we have been blinded to by the word of God, then, and only then, can we see Christ as the image of God which we are to worship.

2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Mat 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

What's the purpose of us being shown who the man of sin is and that he is the abomination of desolation? We cannot see the Image of God in Christ Jesus as long as we are blinded by our own image. When we are shown this abomination, we are then shown Christ, Who then destroys the image of the earth by the brightness of His coming into our world. It is by this revelation of who we are that He allows us to see Who He is, was and will be.

2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

He does not show us who we are so that we can then make a ten-second sinner's prayer and begin building an image again to get to heaven. No, He shows us who we are by the law and then BEGINS the destruction of that image from BOTTOM TO TOP. When we read the following verses, let's ask God to keep our minds focused inward at the description of the image, see the description as being you and the things inwardly. The king is the first beast in Rev 13:1, the image is the second beast in Rev 13:11, and the Stone is Christ in us destroying what we thought of ourselves.

Dan 2:31 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.
Dan 2:32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
Dan 2:33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
Dan 2:34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
Dan 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

Dan 2:42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
Dan 2:43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
Dan 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
Dan 2:45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.

We are this king image, and all the body parts are how we think about ourselves. We are destroyed from the end to the beginning. The head comes out of the womb first, then the feet come last. But when God destroys us, He does so in the reverse order. This is called repentance. Repentance is turning from the footsteps of the man of sin to Christ. Repentance is not a ten-second sinner's prayer but a way of life. Repentance is turning from the abomination of desolation and therefore seeing what we are from birth, the man of sin. Unless we see ourselves as the man of sin and Christ as our righteousness, we will die in our sins.

Joh 8:23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
Joh 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

Christ is from above, we are from the earth beneath and therefore cannot make an image of Him Who is from above. We cannot make an image of God from what we are - the earth beneath. All that we know are earthly ways and earthly thoughts. For example: If I gave a poor man money standing on the street corner, I feel good about myself and think that God must really appreciate me giving to His poor creation who has used bad decisions to end up homeless. This is how we are; we begin to build an image of ourselves - the earth beneath, the heaven - and present it to God in all sincerity. But in doing so we have missed this truth: the man to whom I gave money was right where God had predestined him to be. It was not the man's choices or bad luck, as the world puts it. It was the predestined hand of God which put him right where he was. This scenario is us making an image of the earth beneath. Now we must understand what are the waters beneath the earth.

We know from scripture that one of the things water represents is the word.

Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

We have just learned that the earth is a type of us, so what is the world beneath us? They represent the words of God twisted by lying prophets.

Jer 7:8 Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.
Jer 7:9 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not;
Jer 7:10 And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?
Jer 7:11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD.

We take the word of God and twist it to build an image of what we think is God, then we fall down and worship it;

Rev 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

Rev 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

We are scared of ourselves, and we are afraid of what we think our beast has the power to do. In doing this, we are worshiping the beast and giving him the power of God. We turn the very words of God which will kill us and break us, into words of peace and comfort to the flesh when there is no comfort or peace to the flesh. God told Jeremiah to make bonds and yokes and put them on his neck for a testimony against Israel. This action was a testimony to tell them that they must be under the yoke of the king of Babylon.

Jer 27:1 In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah came this word unto Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
Jer 27:2 Thus saith the LORD to me; Make thee bonds and yokes, and put them upon thy neck,
Jer 27:3 And send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of Moab, and to the king of the Ammonites, and to the king of Tyrus, and to the king of Zidon, by the hand of the messengers which come to Jerusalem unto Zedekiah king of Judah;
Jer 27:4 And command them to say unto their masters, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say unto your masters;
Jer 27:5 I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.
Jer 27:6 And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.
Jer 27:7 And all nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son's son, until the very time of his land come: and then many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of him.
Jer 27:8 And it shall come to pass, that the nation and kingdom which will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation will I punish, saith the LORD, with the sword, and with the famine, and with the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand.
Jer 27:9 Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon:
Jer 27:10 For they prophesy a lie unto you, to remove you far from your land; and that I should drive you out, and ye should perish.

God's word is spoken by Christ to us, and we take those very words and twist them into lies. We twist them to say smooth words and not harsh words. However, we are told in these verses above not to listen to the words of our prophets within us because they are liars. Our flesh will always choose the easiest path for the flesh.

Jer 28:1 And it came to pass the same year, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fourth year, and in the fifth month, that Hananiah the son of Azur the prophet, which was of Gibeon, spake unto me in the house of the LORD, in the presence of the priests and of all the people, saying,
Jer 28:2 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon.
Jer 28:3 Within two full years will I bring again into this place all the vessels of the LORD'S house, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took away from this place, and carried them to Babylon:
Jer 28:4 And I will bring again to this place Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, with all the captives of Judah, that went into Babylon, saith the LORD: for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.
Jer 28:11 And Hananiah spake in the presence of all the people, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Even so will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all nations within the space of two full years. And the prophet Jeremiah went his way.

Here is the lying prophet to speak smooth things to us. Nevertheless the truth from God will overcome the lies, and God tells the people through Jeremiah how to spot a false prophet.

Jer 28:5 Then the prophet Jeremiah said unto the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests, and in the presence of all the people that stood in the house of the LORD,
Jer 28:9 The prophet which prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the LORD hath truly sent him.

Hananiah is our flesh which has a form of godliness but denies the power of God over it. It believes that it has the power to turn God on and off by its own good deeds or bad deeds according to its own fabled free will. However, God will not be mocked and will put the yoke back on stronger than what we thought we had removed. The end is worse than the beginning.

Jer 28:12 Then the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah the prophet, after that Hananiah the prophet had broken the yoke from off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, saying,
Jer 28:13 Go and tell Hananiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Thou hast broken the yokes of wood; but thou shalt make for them yokes of iron.
Jer 28:14 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; I have put a yoke of iron upon the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him: and I have given him the beasts of the field also.
Jer 28:15 Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The LORD hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie.
Jer 28:16 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the LORD.
Jer 28:17 So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.

Here is a new testament witness to this principle that the God Who commands the spirits and is in control over all spirits and principalities does not ever let us be free unless He Himself releases us from our yokes and bonds.

Mat 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
Mat 12:44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
Mat 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

This is Hananiah, who was worst off after the lie than before. He may have been the son a prophet, but he was no prophet himself. We can call ourselves christian, but that does not mean we are christian. We can call on the name of God, but that does not mean that the name of God is answering us back. Let's never forget these words;

Job 12:16 With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.

To make an image of the things in the waters beneath the earth is to form a doctrine which we have made that fits us. It is taking the word of God and making our own Messiah. It is how we take God's word and form a doctrine out of it which will make us righteous before God. Let us not forget that even this is from God. He is the One Who uses His very word to keep us blinded from the truth, to keep us under the yoke until the appointed time, in this life or the one to come.

Mat 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Mat 13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

We must always remember that Jesus Christ is the image of God, and He and He alone is to be worshiped. To make Him any other god than what He is as the Creator of all things is to make a graven image. To see Him outside of our evil works is to make a graven image. To see our good works as coming from ourselves is to make Him a lesser god. To sum it up, everything, all things that have ever been or ever will be, all things that are happening now, good or evil, that are existing while we speak, all over the world, have been created by Christ and are in existence by Christ. If not, then He is a lesser god and cannot stop the actions of His own creation, and they are doing what seems right to them, not Him. If this is the case, then we are spinning out of control and He, God our Creator cannot stop us. This is a sad lie and one we as the elect have been saved from.

Next week, LORD willing, we will cover the third commandment: thou shall not take the name of the LORD God in vain.

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