What’s Up With All These Pictures of Jesus? Just Asking…

 

,,,,,Think about it…..

The Second Commandment
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 o jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of then that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.’ Exodus 20: 4-6.

“Let us now consider images and pictures of Jesus Christ. We do not have one instance of Christ being portrayed physically anywhere in the Gospels, or through the testaments. There are instances of Him as “despised,” in Isaiah, as one not to behold, and His age is hinted at in John 8 – He was not yet 50 years old. Otherwise, the Holy Spirit did not give us one instance of Christ’s appearance anywhere in the Bible. With so different pretended portraits of the Lord we cannot begin to wonder at the variations of the pictures of Christ, which the Iconoclasts used as an argument against images. In truth, every nation formed a likeness of its own, according to its existing ideals of art and virtue.[12] Not only this, but I find it interesting that when Christ is portrayed in pictures or in movies, that he is given long hair – like a woman (1 Corinthians 11:15). Not only is this inaccurate from a Semitic standpoint, but it also ascribes to Christ something that is the glory of a woman, not a man. It ascribes to Him actions of having long hair which is sinful according to 1 Corinthians 11:14, “Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?” Is this the Jesus Christian was to “see?”

http://www.apuritansmind.com/the-christian-walk/the-tract-series/icons-graven-images-and-the-church-by-dr-c-matthew-mcmahon/

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5 comments on “What’s Up With All These Pictures of Jesus? Just Asking…

  1. vonhonnauldt says:

    I do agree with this post; at the same time, it seems to me that if we take the 2nd commandment at face value, it forbids any pictures, not just pictures of God. Perhaps the reason for this has something to do with the fact that a picture, and there are some gorgeous pictures of this world, a picture focuses our attention on the creation, and not on the Creator.

    • Scarlett says:

      Hello and blessings in the Lord Jesus,
      I understand what you are saying. Who doesn’t enjoy looking at beautiful pictures of the Lord’s Creation, which does indeed reveal His Glory? You and I know that we wouldn’t “make” an image of the sun, moon, cattle, etc and bow down to worship them as a god. Yet, In paganism and pantheism, there are those who do worship the creation, without honoring the One who created it.
      I believe the 2nd commandment was meant for all mankind, not just believers in Yahweh and His Son, the Lord Jesus,
      It struck me as I was watching this video, that mere man was used as an artists model to represent the Savior of the world, our Lord, trying to make the Lord Jesus Christ into an image like themselves, mere men that God created, Something very telling and arrogant in that.
      This is something for Christians to think about. The Jewish people honored this commandment, until some entered into idolatry and made images of Baal, and so on.
      I remember when the ark of the covenant was placed in the Temple of Dagon, what happened to the stone idol of the fish god. This gives us an idea of what the Lord God thinks about idols, as well as His power versus the idols. Amusing, yet very serious.
      Thanks for the thought provoking comment.
      Lord bless you,
      Scarlett
      Blessings,

      • vonhonnauldt says:

        Certainly, the moral law is meant for mankind. It is that by which we stand condemned before God because none of us keep it. It’s only through the Lord Jesus that we have access into the presence of God as righteous. You know that, though. As for the Mosaic Covenant given to Israel at Sinai, well, that’s a whole other topic. Thank you for your comments.

  2. Reblogged this on Christian Heritage News & Commentary and commented:
    Good question! I’ve been wondering the same thing. 🙂

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