God Does not Share His Praise with Images

I am the Lord, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to carved images.

Isaiah 42:8

God is jealous and does not share His glory or His praise with sculptures or images. The Bible establishes very clearly the rejection of God towards all cult to images and sculptures. It is not necessary to be a gifted genius to understand this because everything is written in a plain language that does not require the interpretation of a scholar. The Scripture leaves no doubt that God and the images are incompatible. There are those who deceive themselves by saying that they do not worship images but admire them. By Isaiah 42:8, it is established that a simple eulogy to a sculpture is already rejected by God.

The prohibition of all kinds of worship, praise and adoration of images and sculptures is established in the second commandment of the Law of God. Exodus 20:4-6 says, You shall not make for yourself a carved image, any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

For God all image and sculpture is an abomination. Deuteronomy 7:25-26 says about it, You shall burn the carved images of their gods with fire; you shall not covet the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by it; for it is an abomination to the Lord your God. Nor shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be doomed to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest it and utterly abhor it, for it is an accursed thing. That means that even having images and sculptures in our house is a curse.

In Micah 5:13 we are again commanded not to bow down before the images, I will cut off your carved images and your sacred pillars from among you, so that you will no longer bow down to the work of your hands. Sculptures and images are useless, as Habakkuk 2:18 says, What profit is the image, that its maker should carve it, the molded image, a teacher of lies, that the maker of its mold should trust in it, to make mute idols? And if sculptures and images do not work, why worship them?

The images produce anger and jealousy to God. Psalms 78:58 says, For they provoked Him to anger with their high places, and moved Him to jealousy with their carved images. If we really love God, why make him angry by practicing what He hates? But if that does not matter to you, look at what Leviticus 26:30 says about what will happen to the image worshipers, I then will destroy your high places, and cut down your incense altars, and heap your remains on the remains of your idols, for My soul shall abhor you.

Serving images is a shame, as Psalms 97:7 says, Let all be put to shame who serve carved images, who boast of idols. Worship Him, all you gods. Only before God should we prostrate ourselves and only to Him we will praise, He who does not share His praise with sculptures. Let us not be confused, according to what Isaiah 42:17 says, They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, who trust in carved images, who say to the molded images, ‘You are our gods.’ Let us not waste time keeping honor to objects that have absolutely nothing of sacred according to the Bible. God bless you.

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