2nd Commandment: God Must Not Be Domesticated

“The second [commandment] enjoins us to recognize the transcendence of God. ‘You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below’ (Exod. 20:4). The prohibition preserves the distinction between Creator and created thing. As soon as you start saying ‘Good looks like this’ (whether a fish or a mountain or a human being), somehow God gets reduced. He becomes something that we can encapsulate, domesticate, and thus in some measure control. But we saw that from the beginning, that is not the way God wants us to understand him. There is but one Creator, and he is to be distinguished from all of the created order. God must not be domesticated.” -D.A. Carson

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