Re:Verse passage – Exodus 20:4-6 (day six)
It’s not only punitive, it’s reality. Growing up in west Africa there were a
number of things that were essential to living a healthy life, like malaria medicine, or filtered water. To remove either one of these, especially filtered water, you would avail yourself to all sorts of disastrous results. Removing God and erecting an idol in your life is very similar. You cannot expect your life or family to function in a productive, healthy way when you take God out of center.
That’s exactly God’s warning in the second commandment-your family will go awry for generations if you worship idols.