2. You do not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of that which is in the shamayim (heavens) above, or which is in the earth beneath, or which is in the waters under the earth, you do not bow down to them nor serve them, For I, Yahuwah your Elohim, am a jealous El, visiting the wickedness of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and guard My Commands.
The second commandment tells us not to make any carved idol or image.
It is nonsense to carve an image or make any idol and then set it up as a god or as representing a god. This includes any image or painting. Elohim is spirit, no one has ever seen Him and He is not like any of those things carved by men's hands. So, Elohim commands his people not to make them.
Not only are we commanded not to carve such an image, but, in case we still don't understand, he tells us not bow down to them and not to serve them. Since they don't hear or do anything, we are not to make our prayers and requests to them.
Yahuwah alone is to be feared, served, bowed down to and revered and adored. Those objects made by man's hands have no value, except for the value of the material they are made from.
Men and women can also make images with their own minds. When we pray or think or talk about Yahuwah or Yahushua we should not have a picture in our minds of what they are like.
Yahuwah constantly forbade idol worship and throughout scripture commanded sovereigns to destroy the idols and pagan worship.
Deuteronomy 12 v 2-4
' Completely destroy all the places where the nations which you are dispossessing served their mighty ones, on their high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. And you shall break down their altars, and destroy their pillars, and burn their Asherim with fire. And you shall cut down the carved images of their mighty ones and shall destroy their name out of that place. '
Yahuwah created all things and He is jealous when we bow down to a carved image. Anyone who bows down to an image is not of Yahuwah.
We are also instructed to guard / keep Yahuwah's Commands. The two go hand in hand, if we love Him we will guard / keep His commands. Yahuwah shows kindness to those that love Him and guard His Commands.
The worship of Yahuwah in spirit and in truth does not involve the use of images and statues and idols of any kind. It is paganism to the core to practice such an abomination. Yahuwah has forbidden the use of anything that seeks to represent Elohim or takes the place of Elohim. Elohim is spirit, and no one has seen Him. Therefore, anything that you might use to represent Yahuwah in your worship is rejected and forbidden by him.