First Baptist Church of Minneola
Commandment Two
  • INTRO - Last week we started our journey into the discovery of the 10 commandments.
    Do you know that only the Baptist agree with the Jews when it comes to identifying the 10 commandments from Scripture? Catholics and Protestants (BTW Baptist are not Protestants, we didn’t come out of the Reformation) don’t agree with how we view these critical passages.
    Perhaps that is why Biblical authority defines us; Baptist strictly study and properly interpret the Bible without forcing it into our own ideologies.
    Going one commandment at a time -- we will consider where we were, where we are today, and where we go next week:
    You shall have no other gods before Me. (last week)
    You shall make no idols. (this week)
    You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. (next week)
    Today’s verse:
    Exodus 20:4–6 CSB
    Do not make an idol for yourself, whether in the shape of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. Do not bow in worship to them, and do not serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the fathers’ iniquity, to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing faithful love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commands.
    We discussed God’s demand for exclusive loyalty last week.
    Last week I explained how the Commandments are, also, transtated as “10 words.
    Here is another good definition for students of religion:
    “Monotheism” is the worship of one God — the only type of worship God demands.
    Last week we noted that the 1st commandment God tells us He forbids false gods.
    Today in the 2nd commandment, God tells us He forbids false worship.
    People are born with something in us that compels us to worship God. It is true of everyone, including the atheist. An atheist is not born that way but becomes that way.
    God created humankind to worship. Unless people worship God, they will worship a false god.
    Worship in the right way or wrong way. There is no other way.

    Correct Conception

    God wants you to know Him. He wants to love you and be loved by you.
    Also, God gives us His Word so we can know Jesus. And, Jesus points us to the Father so we can be in a relationship with God.
    We all agree on that. But, we don’t all agree with the Bible.
    You say, “Pastor that is not true.” Well then, I guess we can all go home. :-)
    No, seriously, because we are prone to straying, remember the Bible compares us to sheep that do stray now and then, we need a shepherd.
    That is the part of preaching and being a pastor; to shepherd. I love sharing God’s Word in a way that gets us back into one flock.
    Do you worship anything besides God. Unless I point out some things, you may not see that you do.
    Let me ask this, do you have any image of God that you say, “I know its not God, but it helps me look to God.”
    See the Bible on the table in front of me. It’s not God. Granted that if you read it you will be pointed to Jesus, but just sitting here on display is not pointing people to God.
    At one time, churches used the Big Bible because many didn’t own one or know how to read. It was a resource. However, in many Baptist churches today, we display it in such a way that, dare not remove it, that it lends to the impression that we worship a book made from wood.
    Crosses, church bells, stained glass windows, we have to watch ourselves. When at a point their service does more to wrongly influence, is no longer necessary, or simply we dare not change it, something better grab our attention.
    Look at it like this.
    ILL - A wife walks into her home to find her husband hugging and kissing another women.
    The husband turns to his wife and says, “I know this looks bad, but she reminded me so much of you that really I was just thinking of you.”
    Should the wife believe the man?
    Jealousy comes in two forms. The good kind and the bad kind.
    The bad kind: athlete, musician, pastor. With all of these there are multiple. Many athletes, musicians, and pastors.
    However, a husband can be jealous of his wife because he has only one, or should have, wife. He can say, “She belongs to me; was given in marriage.” Same goes to wives.
    How much more with God. See, there is only one God!
    That means no refusal, no rebuttal, no rival. V.5 God even says, “I… am a jealous God.
    God will not share His throne with another.
    ILL - Say you created everything, give sustaining life to all, and control the heavens. Then, all of a sudden your creations started worship images they make from wood, clay, or metal, or anything else living or inanimate. Get this, God will not allow idol worship.
    God will not be part-time God. He is on time, full time, and 100% eternal God.
    TRANS - God wants us to understand Him. While we can’t possible fully understand Him, He gives us what we need to know Him. He gives us the Bible, Jesus, and His Spirit.
    Let’s shift to consider how to keep this commandment.

    Compelling Communication

    Worship helps communicate what God is like while wrong worship instructs wrongly about God. Unless we are careful, we communicate that God is like an image.
    So easy for a child to get the wrong impression about God when we elevate things, crosses, Bibles, even church to a position where they think we revere such things.
    Look again at v.5:
    Exodus 20:5 CSB
    Do not bow in worship to them, and do not serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the fathers’ iniquity, to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me,
    It’s easy to misunderstand this verse. Some might say, “That’s not fair God should punish the children.”
    Their claim doesn’t change the fact.
    Look at it like this, its not fair a child have a drug addicted parent.
    Children suffer because parents do drugs and drink alcohol to escape dealing with life.
    Children suffer because of the sin of their parents.
    Now this is in the natural realm.
    I want you to note that our verse does not say God will hold the children guilty for the sin of their parents.
    God is saying the children suffer because of their parents.
    What is God talking about. We must see this in context. A verse out of context is a pretext right?
    God tells us don’t worship idols.
    God is saying wrong worship will cause children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to suffer.
    Let’s dig a bit:
    2 Chronicles 26:16–20 CSB
    But when he became strong, he grew arrogant, and it led to his own destruction. He acted unfaithfully against the Lord his God by going into the Lord’s sanctuary to burn incense on the incense altar. The priest Azariah, along with eighty brave priests of the Lord, went in after him. They took their stand against King Uzziah and said, “Uzziah, you have no right to offer incense to the Lord—only the consecrated priests, the descendants of Aaron, have the right to offer incense. Leave the sanctuary, for you have acted unfaithfully! You will not receive honor from the Lord God.” Uzziah, with a firepan in his hand to offer incense, was enraged. But when he became enraged with the priests, in the presence of the priests in the Lord’s temple beside the altar of incense, a skin disease broke out on his forehead. Then Azariah the chief priest and all the priests turned to him and saw that he was diseased on his forehead. They rushed him out of there. He himself also hurried to get out because the Lord had afflicted him.
    How did Uzziah sin? He sinned by worshiping the right God in the wrong way. Perhaps he thought, “I’ll worship God the way I want.” “I am the king and worship is a private thing.”
    Uzziah abused worship and sin found him out. Now look ahead to Uzziah’s son:
    2 Chronicles 27:1–2 CSB
    Jotham was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jerushah daughter of Zadok. He did what was right in the Lord’s sight just as his father Uzziah had done. In addition, he didn’t enter the Lord’s sanctuary, but the people still behaved corruptly.
    Sounds like a good son, right? He believed God, but did not go into the sanctuary.
    The “he didn’t enter the Lord’s sanctuary” might grab your attention.
    See, he was a good son, but because of what he saw happen to his father, he didn’t go to worship.
    His father was hurt.
    Today that might be a church argument, strong disagreement, or problem of clashing desires.
    So many today make claims like, “I believe in God, but I don’t go to church.”
    Parents that worship the wrong way influence children and can turn them off from church.
    There is more to the story. Jotham has a son, Uzziah’s grandson, Ahaz. Jotham was good, but didn’t go to church. His son really got it wrong:
    2 Chronicles 28:1–3 CSB
    Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. He did not do what was right in the Lord’s sight like his ancestor David, for he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel and made cast images of the Baals. He burned incense in Ben Hinnom Valley and burned his children in the fire, imitating the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had dispossessed before the Israelites.
    Very sad story. See where it led in v.24:
    2 Chronicles 28:24 CSB
    Then Ahaz gathered up the utensils of God’s temple, cut them into pieces, shut the doors of the Lord’s temple, and made himself altars on every street corner in Jerusalem.
    I want you to get this, if you are not careful, your linage will suffer spiritual because you fail to worship God the right way.
    TRANS - It is easy to shift to carnal worship and not teach the truth about God as we ought through worship.
    Our next point considers the place of prayer in worshiping.

    Careful Contemplation

    Why does God say worship Him without images?
    First, we must have the right conception that God is Spirit.
    Secondly, we must communicate God properly — teach by way or our worship. The next generation is watching us.
    In this point we look at the place of prayer in our lives.
    Look at v.6 again:
    Exodus 20:6 CSB
    but showing faithful love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commands.
    This is a great statement. God shows His love to those who keep His commands.
    If you worship wrong, you don’t keep this commandment.
    If all you do is not worship idols, you’re not keeping this commandment.
    Unless you love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, you don’t keep this commandment.
    Worship is loving, adoring, praising, and revering God. Do you do this? If not, you break this commandment.
    To keep this commandment, we must pray often. The Bible stresses prayer indication at all times:
    1 Thessalonians 5:17 CSB
    pray constantly,
    Now, theres an easy memory verse! Short, to the point!

    God wants your worship.

    If God wanted servants, He’d simply created more angles. Sure we serve God, but you are so much more than that!
    The Bible says:
    John 4:23 CSB
    But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship him.
    God wants you to worship Him.
    God wants what He can’t get out of anyone else. That is, God wants YOUR worship. Angles can worship, but God wants the worship His redeemed child, thats you if you invited Jesus into your heart, to worship Him — “the Father wants such people to worship Him.

    God warrants your worship.

    Why should there be prayerful contemplation of God?
    First, He wants it. Secondly, He warrants it.
    Worship comes from the words “worth” and “ship.” It demonstrates what we think God is worth.
    We do it in a way that says God is worthy of this worship. It shows God what we think He is worth.
    Show me how you worship and I’ll tell you what you think of God.
    A person that can’t tell you about their worship, skirts around the topic by saying things like, “Well God is too big for me to answer that,” well that is pretty cheap.
    People that worship poorly have a low view of God.
    Worthy is the Lamb. Well, what exactly does that mean?
    God is worthy to receive honor and glory and power and majesty and dominion for ever and ever.
    Only God is worthy and that is why we should worship Him.
    Who else is worthy of our time but God?
    The Bible tells us to love Him.
    If you can’t describe your worship, you might ask if you ever do worship?

    God wages claim on your worship

    Careful contemplation because God wants it and warrants it, but because He wages claim on it.
    Recall when Satan wanted Jesus to worship him? Jesus quoted Scripture:
    Luke 4:8 CSB
    And Jesus answered him, “It is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.
    Catch the order there, worship then serve.
    Its great when the church gets this.
    Worship comes before work.
    Do whatever you may, unless worship has first place, its an empty pursuit.
    The first duty is not even sharing the Gospel, its worshiping God and then “Go ye....”
    Nothing wrong with doing things, but worshiping God must come first.
    For most, we do nothing else before worship.
    Things like going shopping, doing chores, or even thinking about work on Sunday are not happeing.
    For me, Sunday is the Lord’s Day and never is it the Lord’s hour.

    Conclusion

    So why worship?
    Can you answer that now?
    God wants, warrants, and wages claim on my worship.
    It is not enough to just not worship idols.
    From your heart must come real praise to God:
    John 4:24 CSB
    God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and in truth.”
    How do we keep this commandment?
    Have the correct conception of God.
    Hear the compelling communication from God.
    And, live a life of careful contemplation about God.
    ILL - Our neighbor Kathy told us a story about her Cello. When young and visiting a man who had many cellos, she was told to pick one from the room.
    Kathy looked around and found one which appeared somewhat worn. While older, the sound it made was beautiful.
    The cello was not for sale, but given to Kathy because she is worthy to play such an instrument.
    Hear this, God made you to serve Him and that is music in His ears.
    Only God is worthy and nothing else in life matter more.
    One day all will end.
    Even then only God will matter.
    He will be over all and be forever.
    Is God your God?
    Is your worship His.
    Have you given your life to Him?
    (end)
      • Exodus 20:4–6HCSB

      • Exodus 20:5HCSB

      • 2 Chronicles 26:16–20HCSB

      • 2 Chronicles 27:1–2HCSB

      • 2 Chronicles 28:1–3HCSB

      • 2 Chronicles 28:24HCSB

      • Exodus 20:6HCSB

      • 1 Thessalonians 5:17HCSB

      • John 4:23HCSB

      • Luke 4:8HCSB

      • John 4:24HCSB

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