I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 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: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them:for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, Exodus 20:2-5.
One of the most amazing story I’ve heard was of a man who sought to know God beyond his religious teachings.
He heard that Jesus is alive and was raised from the dead. On getting home, he prayed a simple prayer “Jesus, if indeed you are alive show yourself to me”  Jesus revealed himself to him, he is yet to recover from that encounter.
Today this fellow is a preacher of the gospel from the roots of Islam. Idolatry is the path to the house of bondage, salvation delivers from bondage.
This commandment is clear; do not make any image to serve them, have no other gods or idols.
The word idol has been euphemised to make it pleasantly acceptable. It starts with a desire, making and finally bowing to things instead of God. Idolatry worships the God of it’s imagination created by its skills. Whatever gains mastery of the man is his idol. Salvation is the way out of the bondage of idolatry. Idols deprive, Christ restores rights and liberty. The horrors of idolatry is terminated by the presence of Christ. When Christ shows up, the chains fall off. His person and his presence makes all the difference. When you call, he comes; he’s alive, he’s your life.
His presence makes free from the house of bondage.
“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”John 8:36.
“Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.”1 John 5:20-21.

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