What is the big deal with “graven images?” Are images that depict Jesus bad? What are images that we worship today? What does it mean that God is a jealous God?
In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys discuss the questions in John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism that deal with the second commandment. They talk about what “graven images” are, idolatry and the Image of God, and why the second commandment matters today.
Along the way, Brett admits that Allen may actually be right, Allen states that he may or may not have a golden Uga in his office, and Jim shares his favorite Halloween costume.
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Shorter Catechism Questions, Answers and Scripture Proofs
Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #49
Q: Which is the second commandment?
A: The second commandment is, “You shall not make unto you any graven image, or 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 yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord your 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; and showing mercy unto the thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”
Scripture Proof: Exodus 20:4-6
Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #50
Q: What is required in the second commandment?
A: The second commandment requires the receiving, observing, and keeping pure and entire, all such religious worship and ordinances as God has appointed in his word.
Scripture Proof: Deuteronomy 32:46; Matthew 28:20; Acts 2:42
Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #51
Q: What is forbidden in the second commandment?
A: The second commandment forbids the worshipping of God by images, or any other way not appointed in his Word.
Scripture Proof: Deuteronomy 4:15-19; Exodus 32:5, 8; Deuteronomy 12:31-32
Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #52
Q: What are the reasons annexed to the Second Commandment?
A: The reasons annexed to the second commandment are God’s sovereignty over us, his propriety in us, and the zeal he has to his own worship.
Scripture Proof:Psalm 95:2-3; Psalm 45:11; Exodus 34:13-14
Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)
Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism
A Theology of Love by Wynkoop
Dynamics of Faith by Tillich
Knowing God by Packer
Daily Text by Seedbed.com