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Deuteronomy 4 - Don't Make a Graven Image


For August 8th 2022


Verse: 23


Take care, then, not to forget the covenant that your G-d concluded with you, and not to make for yourselves a sculptured image in any likeness, against which your G-d has enjoined you.


This verse teaches the Jewish people that they are not to make images of God.


This also applies to Noahides. The Divine Code page 141: It is forbidden to make for onself or for others a statue or an image of an actual idol that people worship, whether one makes it himslef, or tells others to make it form him, even if he does not intend to serve it.


Not making an image of G-d can also be drawn further than just a physical image. We should also not create an image of G-d in our mindsIn any way, not with physical, emotional or psychological elements.


When the Scriptures speak for example of a "hand of G-d" than that is used as an image so that we can realize it, as for example a form of action. And G-d's "emotions" are not like our emotions. We are either angry or happy, but with G-d everything is a Oneness. But even in this the Scriptures use language so that we can understand a little. So any image, fantasy or form we make of G-d in our minds detracts from His Greatness and Oneness, a Greatness and Oneness that is beyond our comprehension.


Brought By Angelique Sijbolts

 

Angelique Sijbolts is one of the main writers for the Noahide Academy. She has been an observant Noahide for many years. She studies Torah with Rabbi Perets every week. Angelique invests much of her time in editing video-lectures for the Rabbis of the Academy and contributes in administrating the Academy's website in English and Dutch. She lives in the north of the Netherlands. Married and mother of two sons. She works as a teacher in a school with students with special needs. And is a Hebrew Teacher for the levels beginners en intermediate. She likes to walk, to read and play the piano.


 

Sources

Seven Gates of Righteous knowledge, Gate of Prayer

 

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