Q. I just found your website and I am curious to know why do people put a face on the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the express image of God, when the Father said we are not to do this. Drawings are done with the hand from the mind of a person to represent the physical features of the Lord Jesus. These features are usually long brown hair, a long straight, narrow nose, mustachioed, sometimes bearded, pale skin and light colored eyes.
The scriptures tells us that with all of our getting, we are to get an understanding and I would like to understand how and why this commandment is still ignored, especially with knowledge increasing at such a rapid rate in this final hour before the Lord Jesus comes back?
A. The commandment you refer to is in Exodus 20:4. “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.”
Its intent is to prohibit the construction of anything in creation for the purpose of worshiping it. If that was not the case then every photograph, drawing, painting, sculpture or representation of anything from a child’s first crude attempt to a world renowned masterpiece would be a violation of the commandment. Making a picture is not the same as worshiping an idol and is not prohibited.