“You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image…you shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God…” Ex 20:3-5 & Dt 5:7-9.
This first commandment has two parts. The first part is “You shall have no other gods before me. The second part is about graven images. Sometimes we run these two parts together and come away with the idea idolatry is simply worshiping graven images. Idolatry, however, is often much more subtle than totem poles and statues.