The second commandment in Exodus 20 warns against creating carved images and worshiping them. At first glance, it may seem contradictory that Alohiym commands us not to make images while also stating that we are made in his image. In this blog post, we will delve into the meaning behind this commandment and uncover the beautiful truth of our identity as Alohiym's (God’s) imagers.

Our Identity as Alohiym's Imagers

In Exodus 20, Alohiym instructs his people not to make carved images and worship them. This commandment is meant to discourage idolatry and the worship of false gods. However, it is important to note that Alohiym himself has already made an image of himself, and that image is us. We are his imagers, representing him in this world.

As Alohiym's imagers, we have a responsibility to act as his representatives. We are called to love Alohiym with all our heart, mind, and soul, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. By embodying these two commandments, we fulfill our role as his imagers and reflect his character to those around us.

Scriptural References

  • Exodus 20:4-5
  • Genesis 1:27
  • Matthew 22:37-39


Understanding ourselves as Alohiym's imagers transforms our perspective on the second commandment. While we are instructed not to create carved images and worship them, we are already made in the image of Alohiym. Embracing our identity as his imagers means loving Alohiym wholeheartedly and loving others as ourselves. Let us embrace this truth and strive to represent him well in all that we do.

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E. Ward
Writer, Babel Report

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