No Idols


Idolatry-Discerning: 10 Commandments #2 - No Idols


Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Exodus 20:4

You shall not make for yourself an idol . . .


The first and the second commandments seem like they are saying the same thing—“no other god” and “no idols.” Perhaps it was easier for the Israelites to understand the distinction than it is for us. In the time of the Israelites it was thought that some gods ruled in the hills, and others who ruled the valleys. Their power was limited to their location. For the Israelite God to say that they were to put no god before their God was to say that their God was greater than all these other gods.

Idols, visible representations of gods, were very common in the world of the Israelites. Today visible representations are not common, but we can still worship our own idols. Consider other things like money, power, appearance, or family that we “worship” because we trust in them to keep us safe, to provide for us, and to give us meaning. These all can be our modern idols, things that we worship instead of God. Idols do not have any power to help us, to save us. They are not worthy of our adoration and our trust. We must be careful that we do not make anything an idol.


How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What is the name of the musical group that Lucille likes?
A. Skin Deep.

Q. Who invites Lucille to a Skin Deep concert?
A. Lacey.

Q. Did her mother give her permission to go to the concert?
A. No.

Q. How does Lucille plan on going then?
A. She plans on staying overnight at Lacey’s house and not telling her mom that she and Lacey were planning on going to the concert.

Q. What persuades Lucille to back out of going to the concert?
A. A bad dream.


This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.


Why does God tell us that we may not have any idols?


God loves us so much that he wants us to belong to him exclusively. This is a good “jealousy” because it is one that promises salvation (John 3:16), abundant life (John 10:10), freedom (John 8:32), joy (John 15:11), and peace (John 16:33). Idols cannot provide these things for us. Only God can.


Think about it. Is there anything that has become an idol to you? Like belonging to a certain group of friends, or having the latest fashion trend? If these is something tell God about it and ask his forgiveness.
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