Life is too short right now to write well but let me spell it out bullet point style something I’ve come to understand in the past month. (Putting it here because I need to document it.) You may be spiritually WAY ahead of me so be patient with me as I’m still connecting the dots.
- An icon by definition is a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol of something. We often find icons in churches, whether it be a representation of Jesus, Mary, Joseph, a wooden cross, American & Christian flags, or even a Bible on a pedestal. This lead to me thinking and contemplating about the word image because many things (like paintings of Jesus, or George Washington crossing the Delaware are also considered an images)
- So then I realized, and the thesaurus agreed, that the words icon and image are synonymous.
- The word image made me think of Genesis 1 – when God made an image of himself in mankind. “In His image he made them, male and female.” Simply put… WE are the image of God – His living icon.
- Which brought to mind the commandments, specifically seen in Exodus 20 (which you can click here for the link to) Basically, God said, don’t try to make an image of me and worship it. Why not make an image of Him for worship? Well, because He already had… Remember Genesis 1 >> And while I am certainly not advocating for self worship or worship of others as God there is something to be revealed here.
- Interestingly enough… God told us also not to take His name in vain which made me also think of another time when Jesus said not to call another man, “Raca” (fool) or you would be in danger of the fires of hell. Could this be because we are the image of God? Which leads to my next point…
- Therefore, the two greatest commands – which is a summary of ALL the law – boil down to “Love God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself. If we show God our loves for Him it means we keep his commandments and keeping his commandments require that we love our neighbor as well as we love ourselves. After all…
- Christ told us that whatever we do to the least of these my brethren – you have done it unto me, the God-Man.