Unprofitable Servant wrote: The second commandment is not violated by the making of graven images. God instructed Moses to make a brass serpent
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
V4 is qualified by V3. The Reformers demonstrated that the idolatry of Rome was blasphemy as well as idolatry. Rome (and many others today) practice idolatry by the manufacture veneration and dedication to religious paraphernalia. The crucifix is such an idolatrous graven image and worn by those whose religion remains worldly.
Ask the RC to take off the crucifix graven image from around their neck and ditch it in the garbage can. Their reaction will show their misguided religious directions.
As for the brass serpent etc you allude to. God's purposes and commands were not that man should fabricate a competitive image for worship. They were providentially sent a task and the ability to perform said task, which further demonstrated the power of God and directed their worship to Him alone.
Like the Pharisee the Roman Catholic cannot obey the Word or the Commandment of God. Like the pharisee the Roman Catholic cannot receive the truth. (2Thes 2:10.11) And Like the Pharisee Christ rejects them and their human traditions so fondly loved and worshipped by the papists.
Christ teaches. Mk 7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
We are taught by Scripture that a little leaven leaveth the whole lump. For centuries the leaven of idolatry has permeated the Roman church. Open your eyes to the facts that the Roman church is used in Satan's subtle way to confound the reprobate and the ignorant.
Gal 5:7 who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? 8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. 9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.