As another Lame Cherry exclusive in matter anti matter.
The Second Commandment is a problem when it comes to Martin Luther, because he deemed it redundant on the First Commandment in having no other god's before God. That though is one of the glaring mistakes in Dr. Luther's long list of accomplishments, because there was a specific reason for God deliberately listing this as the second and using the term GRAVEN.
Exodus 20There are key clues in this in the words GRAVEN, of them being the likenesses of material things, which were moulded for people to bow down, or empowering them.
4 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.
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
This is such a serious issue with God, as this is the first Commandment with a curse attached to it, while the Fourth is the first with promise in honoring one's parents..
The word GRAVEN is PASAL, which mean to cut.
from pasalCarve, cut, or etch into a material or surface
an idol, image
carved image (2), graven image (14), graven images (1), idol (10), idols (3), image (1)
It even drives the term Graveside, which is where one finds cut monuments to the dead and the word grave, which means as most serious situation.
So in examining Scripture, we discover that God forbids making images which are a likeness of natural objects, and then by worshiping them, empowering them. These actions then would bring from God, retribution to being against these people to 3rd and 4th generation, where God would wipe this family from the earth.
Martin Luther would not provide a scientific explanation, but all forms have energy. Natural energy can be manipulated by human will to accomplish waves of energy, with opposite and equal reaction, as Isaac Newton noted. Dark or satanic energy is a consuming force, which requires constant refueling of life force, once it is initiated. All of this once released in witchcraft or satanism is anti God, which destroys humans, life forms, and it does leave a polluted psychic signature.
This is why in areas of Canaan, and all of Sodom that entire genocide and purging of entire objects was mandated by God as the aura was so corrupt it could not be rectified.
That is the reality in this, that there were issues which Martin Luther did not comprehend in the 16th century. He could witness the corruption of the Vatican in worshiping the dead and selling icons, but he could not comprehend the destructive forces which could be unleashed by nations focused on idols.
Examples of the sex perversion of the Hindu in their monkey demons, to the Muslim in the crescent moon which has unleashed a murderous mania among Islamists.
In the Bible, the planet Saturn was a focal point on this power source. Ishtar or Easter is Saturnalia of the sex energies, while the Christ mass was the Dead Sun Rising of the shortest day.
Much of this alternate power sources than God is mocked, but God is serious about it, because it does work up to a point. Does this make more sense in why the Second Commandment is listed number two and why God curses all who do not obey it? Remember that God destroyed entire cultures, to the children, animals and their materials, as these energies were corrupted and there was not a way of cleansing them. Think of it akin to radioactive contamination.
With that reality, of the national implementation of an energy source contrary to God, actually led to the entire destruction of the world in Noah's flood, and for those who read the Bible, a second Judgment is coming by fire in the Revelation, when a world majority starts IMPRINTING the image of the Beast or this anti Christian world regime which is arising now.
The importance of the Second Commandment should become more important to your understanding. It was not just about the Cross as a graven object, it was about these power sources combined with human will, working against God's Will.
In the following Bible verses, one can discern that Rachel' father used gods to empower them and him, but he was neutralized by God in blessing Jacob. Rachel stole these power sources to deprive her father of that edge when they fled.
Jacob collected all the gods his people had and buried them, to rid his house of them.
In Egypt God moved against the gods of Egypt which were contrary to Him, and were an energy source working against His children from Jacob.
In the last examples, the Syrians speak of specific power forces are in certain areas, as in hills. Gideon constructed an ephod, contrary to the Ephod God designed for inquiry and it became an empowered image which was an impediment to Gideon's family.
This is the importance of the Second Amendment. It is why satan has been so focused on establishing in America and the west, all of these various religions and the alternate power sources, which have made the once prosperous peoples into debtors. The visitation of the curse is entering the third generation in this, and it would be a logical conclusion that in this and the next generation the end times would be complete, because of the graven images, alienating God from the hearts of His creations.
With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, let him not live: before our brethren discern thou what is thine with me, and take it to thee. For Jacob knew not that Rachel had stolen them.Genesis 35:2
Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:
For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.
And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice;
I King 20:23
And the servants of the king of Syria said unto him, Their gods are gods of the hills; therefore they were stronger than we; but let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they.
And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even in Ophrah: and all Israel went thither a whoring after it: which thing became a snare unto Gideon, and to his house.