The text of the following article appears by permission, and is a detailed study published in 'The Way Prepared' by brother Bill.
How do we obey the Second Commandment?
Many Christians are unknowingly violating Yahweh's Second Commandment. Most have no idea how to obey this commandment, and are ignorant of what exactly constitutes a "graven or carved image." The importance of this study can not be over-emphasized. Therefore, this page is dedicated to instructing Yahushua's disciples on how to obey the Second Commandment. Please read this entire page carefully - and make the decision to be a Doer of Yahweh's Will and faithfully put into practice what you learn here!
Thus says Yahweh:
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image —
....any likeness of anything that is in heaven above...
...or that is in the water under the earth;
As Bible Believers and as Parents, we need to raise our children according to the Faith of Yahweh, and not according to the ways of the world, and certainly not under the influence of devils. When Yahweh commanded His people that "no graven images" were to be made, acquired, or kept, He was not being cruel and heartless. He knew the great harm these objects could do to His people. Notice what we are told in the Second Commandment:
Thou shalt not make <06213> unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: (Exodus 20:4)
In the above verse, the Hebrew word 'asah' is Strong's number <06213>, and means "make, acquire, keep, use, prepare, work, execute, accomplish, fashion," and a host of other meanings, depending on context. From this word we get the idea that graven images are "off-limits" to Yahweh’s children, in every way. Since this is one of the greatest sources of problems between Yahweh and His people, we will look at what a graven image is.
What Is A Graven Image?
Man is always trying to justify his own actions by attempting to re-define Bible words and meanings. Man would define a Graven Image or "idol" as something that man would physically "bow down" to. Yahweh, on the other hand, is very specific about His definition:
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: (Exodus 20:4)
Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air, The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth: (Deuteronomy 4:16-18)
Notice that Yahweh’s definition of a graven image in the above verses is not "dependent" on what a man does, or does not do, with that object. In the above Scripture passages, Yahweh makes no distinction between an object that is worshiped, and one that is not worshiped. These are simply Graven Images by Yahweh’s definition.
Yahweh’s definition is simply based on a clear explanation of being "an image or likeness" of a living creature, as given in general in the Exodus verse, and in greater detail in Deuteronomy, as we see above. The term "likeness" narrows it down to a 3-dimensional object, since a 2-dimensional object bears no likeness to a 3-dimensional object.
Examples of these objects today are abundant, and can be in the form of "art" objects or figurines in the likeness of people, animals, or angels...
They can likewise take the form of stuffed animals and other toys; and also brass eagles, birds, fish, and other animals as found in offices...
...and ceramic sun and moon objects, carved and cast statues, statuettes, and many others.
We will look at what Scripture reveals about the great danger to our well-being, as a result of having these items.
Why Do Objects Attract?
Visible, physical objects often appeal to the senses, delight the flesh, and have great attraction to man's soulish realm. However, we need to be cautious, and realize that such objects can carry with them unseen spiritual realities that can actually bring a curse to the one who has the object in his home or office. Notice what Yahweh warns us about:
Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing. (Deuteronomy 7:26)
It is clear throughout Scripture that graven images and idols were among the many forms of "abominations" that were off-limits to Yahweh’s people. We see in the above passage that if an abomination were to be brought into our place of habitation, whether home or office, it will put the same curse upon us, that that object is under.
We have been clearly warned. These are not simply figurines, art objects, or "toys," as the world sees them. In the spiritual realm, these objects are abominations, and are the equivalent of spiritual "dog dung." They not only "stink," but they attract spiritual "flies" or demons, and the curses that go along with the demons. Do we want our homes full of these demons? It is these demons that can cause incurable sicknesses, and all types of "troubles" in the home, which take the form of curses.
Bible-Believing families should be shocked to learn these things that their Pastors and Leaders never told them, but that affect our lives so greatly. We should check our homes for any objects that fit the Scriptural definitions, and we ought to destroy them, or burn them, or throw them out immediately!
"Housecleaning" is what we call getting rid of anything in our homes that may cause demonic problems. We must look throughout our homes, and pray diligently, seeking Yahweh's guidance about any items that need to be destroyed — items that are graven images by the Bible definition, and are idols or abominations in Yahweh’s eyes. This covers all statues, figurines, dolls, stuffed animals, and the like. There comes a great freedom and healing in all areas of our home — in the health of our bodies, in our emotional well-being, and in the peace in our home — when we begin to be obedient to the Second Commandment.
The Second Commandment says to NOT MAKE or ACQUIRE any graven image of any living being. Yahweh knew if we were to make them or have them, we would become attached to them, and that is a form of worshiping them. Through our natural sentimentality toward an object, we can create an attachment to that object, and an eventual stronghold of idolatry.
Besides this, having something in our home that Yahweh has told us NOT TO MAKE or ACQUIRE is disobedience. Yahweh knows that graven images lead to idolatry.
Our disobedience becomes idolatry when we practice 'our own understanding' of the Scriptures, rather than what the Scriptures actually say. Our own understanding becomes an idol, when it becomes a substitute for Yahweh's Word. Thus many Believers today are unknowingly practicing idolatry, when they make or have a forbidden object, yet do not 'bow down' to it.
Simply having these things in our homes give the demons a "legal right" to enter our homes, and to remain, until we repent of all disobedience! This is the source of much sorrow today in homes and families of otherwise faithful Believers. They are simply ignorant of the importance of obedience to the Second Commandment!
In Romans 1:25, the Scripture points out that there are MANY who change the truth of Yahweh into a LIE, and by doing so they worship and serve a creature more than the Creator. Think about it. If Yahushua came to your door and said, "Get rid of your carved images," could you readily discard them and trash them? Would you hesitate, aching over the value and sentiment that they represented and held to you?
The Family Toy Box
The Holy Spirit has revealed a tactic of the enemy against our children. This attack is presented in the form of dolls, stuffed animal toys, and figures of toy soldiers, heroes, monsters, and objects imitating other "life forms," whether real or imaginary. These are graven images by Yahweh’s definition!
As parents, we desire the obedience of our children. So it is with Yahweh. He desires the trusting obedience of His children. Are you one of His children? He has told you very simply, "to obey is better." (1 Sam.15:22) Those who love their heavenly Father, are those who will obey Him.
These can be in the form of a trinket, jewelry, or sentimental object, received as a gift or memento, or inherited from someone previously involved in occult practices of any kind, as far back as the third and fourth generation (Deut 5:9). Having such objects give the demons the "legal right" to remain.
These strongholds must be removed from the house or building. The parents must repent, by destroying the object. If possible, it should be burned, so that no one else may find or retrieve the object, and become accursed likewise.
Once the "legal" right to remain has been removed from the house, an "eviction" must take place, by commanding these spiritual "flies" or demons, in the name of Yahushua Messiah, to leave, and never return.
The world's way of raising children is NOT Yahweh’s way. Love your children the way Yahweh wants you to love them. Remove the graven images from their toy box, and from their rooms, and from your home — and deliver them out of the hand of the enemy. Repent of your lack of knowledge of Yahweh’s Word, and love your children enough to remove the curses that continue to come upon them, simply because we as parents have been as disobedient children of Yahweh (Eph 5:5-6; Col 3:5-6).
Yahweh strictly forbids the MAKING or ACQUIRING of them. You may have just one or two of these items in your home or office, but only a few are just as deadly as a whole collection.
Because of idols, many of Yahweh’s people become deceived, and thus they prevent themselves from making progress and attaining victory in many "little" ways in their walk with Yahweh. Refusing to "clean out" the home of graven images causes a blockage in their progress, therefore they begin to lack the willingness to "do what it takes" to grow and mature further — to become a mighty overcomer. This deception often begins with the thought, "Oh, Yahweh knows my heart; He knows I love Him, and these objects are insignificant, and nothing to concern myself over."
Pastors, do you experience a lack of answered prayer results, or perceive a blockage in your ministry? Perhaps you might want to consider whether you have unknowingly allowed forbidden objects into your home or office.
Many Bible Believers have given testimony of deliverance from curses brought on by these objects. Many have testified of what these objects can do, and of the curses they bring on individuals and entire households --- until they begin to walk in obedience to the Second Commandment.