One of the Ten
Commandments instructs against humans making for ourselves "graven images."
These are also referred to as idols.
On the surface, it would seem that this particular commandment might
bespeak a jealous God, too petty to share His glory with any other "god." Many Christians have interpreted it
this way for centuries now. But
what if, like most Bible passages, this holds a deeper meaning?
What if by giving this
commandment, God was actually saying, "How can you carve an image of me when no
one has seen or understands ALL of me?" You see, when we make an image of
something, we tend not only to cling to that image, but also to begin to think
every OTHER image is wrong. None
of us have God all figured out.
Don't dare think you can figure Him out. That, in my opinion, is the deeper reason for this
If we're full of what
we've heard (or, in this case, of what we've "seen"), we are unable to hear or
"see" anew. In order to see the
fullness of God, we must empty ourselves of our preconceptions and surrender to
the "I Don't Know" of God.
The Kingdom of God is already here. It is within us. WE are God's image.
Quote of the Week
"If we want to grow the
Kingdom in us, everything that's not righteousness, joy and peace has to
go. We have to make room for it."