IS A PHOTOGRAPH A SIN?                                         Leviticus 19:1-14

“Do not turn to idols or make gods of cast metals for yourselves. I am the Lord your God” (v4)

(2) “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath, or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them (Exodus 20:4-5) This instruction was given at the time when images were thought to function as mediators between people and their gods, I have known Christians, people interpret this commandment to mean that every form of art is idolatrous. Some who interpret it in this way believe that even having one’s photograph take is a sin, and will not allow a picture or painting to be displayed in their home. Few people would hold to such an interpretation today, but in my own circle of friends and acquaintances I knew of at least two. This however, could not have been the divine intention, for immediately giving the Ten Commandments, God give instructions for His people to make a tabernacle for worship at the heart at which were images of cherubim and seraphim. It is not a sin to make a representation of something: It is a sin, however, to make that representation the focus of our worship. Aaron may have sought to represent God with the golden calf but, as with all images, it detracted from God’s glory and conveyed false ideas about Him.

PRAYER LINE: Father, show me, in an even deeper way that even before, the art of true worship, I long to worship You in the way You Long to be worshipped – in Spirit and in truth. Help me, dear Father. In Jesus’ Name Amen. (EDWJ)


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