Graven Images

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What separated me from my original church . . .

Once I Read the Bible.

As you read the verse below understand that you are getting three niceties concerning God. Any image of anything that is worshiped is against His will. There is no other like Him though there are some in Heaven that also wanted to be worshiped. Those are the ones who went against Him. God has a sense of humor which proves He is your personal God and no other is.

 6 This is what Jehovah says,

The King of Israeli and his Repurchaser, Jehovah of armies:

‘I am the first and I am the last.

There is no God but me.

 7 Who is there like me?

Let him call out and tell it and prove it to me!n

From the time I established the people of long ago,

Let them tell both the things to come

And what will yet happen.

 8 Do not be in dread,

And do not become paralyzed with fear.

Have I not told each of you beforehand and declared it?

You are my witnesses.

Is there any God but me?

No, there is no other Rock; I know of none.’”

 9 All who form carved images amount to nothing,

And their cherished objects will be of no benefit.

As their witnesses, they see nothing and know nothing,

So those who made them will be put to shame.

10 Who would form a god or cast a metal image

That can bring no benefit?

11 Look! All his associates will be put to shame!v

The craftsmen are mere humans.

Let them all assemble and take their stand.

They will be terrified and be put to shame together.

12 The metalsmith works the iron over the coals with his tool.

He forms it with hammers,

Working it with his powerful arm.

Then he grows hungry and his strength fails;

He drinks no water and grows tired.

13 The wood-carver stretches the measuring line, tracing out the pattern with red chalk.

He works it with a wood scraper and traces it with a compass.

He patterns it after a man,

With the beauty of a man,

To sit in a house.

14 There is one whose work is to cut down cedars.

He selects a certain type of tree, an oak,

And he lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest.

He plants a laurel tree, and the rain makes it grow.

15 Then it becomes fuel for a man to make fires.

He takes part of it to warm himself;

He builds a fire and bakes bread.

But he also makes a god and worships it.

He makes it into a carved image, and he bows down before it.

16 Half of it he burns up in a fire;

With that half he roasts the meat that he eats, and he is satisfied.

He also warms himself and says:

“Ah! I am warm as I watch the fire.”

17 But the rest of it he makes into a god, into his carved image.

He bows down to it and worships it.

He prays to it and says:

“Save me, for you are my god.”

18 They know nothing, they understand nothing,

Because their eyes are sealed shut and they cannot see,

And their heart has no insight.

19 No one reflects in his heart

Or has knowledge or understanding, saying:

“Half of it I burned up in a fire,

And on its coals I baked bread and roasted meat to eat.

Should I, then, make the rest of it into a detestable thing?

Should I worship a block of wood from a tree?”

20 He feeds on ashes.

His own deluded heart has led him astray.

He cannot save himself,a nor does he say:

“Is there not a lie in my right hand?”

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