Three Jews in Babylon would rather die than to bow down and worship an image of gold.

Bowing down to images is a sin, punishable with eternal death in Hell.

The Second Commandment do not permit the Jews and Messianic Christians to make an image of anything in the likeness of created things. If the Messiah would permit such images to be made, even of Him self, He would have become a law breaker and a sinner.

The best example in the Bible of obedience to the second commandment, is the three Jews in exile in Babylon. They told the King, that they would rather die than to worship an image of Gold, a statue 90 feet high.

Daniel: 3: 12.

But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who pay no attention to you, O king. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Daniel 3:15:

But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”

The three Jews gave an answer, than anyone who is faithful to God of the Bible should give:

The Catholic Church has set up an image of the Pope, they call «The Holy Father».

Daniel 3:16

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king,

«O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up»

These three Jews were thrown into the flames. In the fire is self, they were rescued. And their savior was a man that looked like a son of the God`s.

Daniel 3:25
He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”

This forth man who obviously the Messiah, the Son of God. Not yet to appear to us in flesh, dwelling among us as the Son of man.

Did Jesus permit images and statues to be made when He walked on Earth, even claiming to be of Him?

There is not a single verse in the New Testament that opens up for such law-breaking activities. Jesus could have said: « Make an image of me, do some paintings of me, or build a statue of me».

Such images and statues were only permitted within «Christianity» after Rome took over the control of the Western Church. Only after 315 A.D, Papal man made rules started to replace the Word of God.

May be not an image of gold. But surely a huge babylonian one.

Matthew 6:6

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Jesus the Messiah defends the law. Simply because He is the lawgiver. Rome has changed both the law and the Gospel.

Gen: 20:4

You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand {generations} of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Acts 17:16

While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols.