About this Course
The Master of the universe commanded Adam in the prohibition against serving idols, as it says,2“And the Lord God commanded [upon] Adam …,” meaning that God commanded Adam to submit to His Divinity. The Sages explained that there are three meanings in this:
“I am God; do not exchange Me” – to rebel and replace Me with another god, which is the prohibition of idolatry.
“I am God; do not curse Me” – this being the prohibition of blaspheming God’s Name, since for God’s honor one must not disgrace and blaspheme Him.
“I am God; the fear of Me shall be upon you” – this being the obligation to fear God.
The prohibition of idolatry has two facets: the command to recognize and know God, and the prohibition against serving idols. Anyone who does not recognize and believe in God is a “deviant believer”. Likewise, anyone who serves idols denies all of God’s commandments (since he does not accept God’s Sovereignty), as well as His honor and His True Existence.