Bible Lesson 36

On Worship
#2 in a series

Last week we began to look at how we should worship, versus how we worship, and we said that perhaps we miss God much of the time because of our preconceived notions about the church, about God, and ourselves. Would anyone today think that I was out of line to say that we have no fear of God before our faces? We are a proud and arrogant people and we have lost sight of our Holy, Just, Glorious, and Almighty God. We have decided that we wanted to worship a god that is tolerant, and vacillating and changeable and who will accept any kind of worship that we choose to extend toward Him. Of course, that is the God that we have conveniently made up in our minds. He cannot be the Creator of all things. Why be concerned about how we worship as long as we “say” that we are worshiping God?

Well, it’s because God has shown us that He is very particular about our Worship of Him. Take for instance the two sons of Aaron, the High Priest, who was a priest in the Tabernacle, when they offered “profane” fire before the Lord. Jehovah God sent fire from heaven and destroyed them! (Leviticus 10:1-3).

God killed Uzzah, for touching the Ark of the Testimony, as it was being moved, when it almost tumbled off the cart that was used to move it. (2nd Samuel 6:6-7). God killed Ananias and Sapphira for lying to the Holy Spirit. (Acts 5:5,10). They were all killed for violating a commandment from God, which we can see as irreverence. God always says what He means and means what He says!

This in no way indicates that God is hostile to His creatures, but it does indicate that we need to be very careful to always give God glory in the way that we do things. Let’s remember that God had called Moses and Aaron to lead the people in the Exodus from Egypt, and when Korah, Dathan and Abiram, and their families rebelled against Moses and Aaron, God caused the earth to open up and Koran and his family went down alive into the pit, and God sent fire to burn up 250 others.

We, in the 21st Century, living in this age of toleration and having forgotten much about our Holy and Just God, do not understand that God has not changed, nor will He ever change; and so He is just as insistent upon our reverence, and awe and fear of His great power today, as he was when He killed those we spoke of a few lines before.

Understand now, it is not dangerous for us to worship our God and love Him and praise Him and seek His face; however it is very critical that we study His Word, the Bible, to gain an understanding of how God would be worshiped.

Worship in Spirit and Truth, speaks of only those who are “born again believers”. True Christians, who have been quickened, and indwelled by the Holy Spirit of God can worship God. We cannot make up our gods, or our Christ, and we do not pursue works religion.

We can begin in Genesis and continue through the Revelation and we find examples of what God requires in our worship. First and foremost, God will receive worship only from those who are His children, those who have been called out by God and born again of His Spirit.

He requires reverence, sincerity, and purity. We can look at Genesis 35:1-4, and find how Jacob prepared himself and his family for worship at Bethel. He told them to “put away the foreign gods that were among them, then purify themselves and change their garments and he took their gods and their earrings and buried them. We have to prepare ourselves, as we put away our idols of power, position, money, and other possessions as we prepare to meet with the Creator God. Nothing can be between us and God as we worship Him.

When Moses met God on the mountain of Sinai, ” God reminded him that their good relations with Him depended upon their obedience to His voice and His covenant. God instructed Moses to Consecrate the people for two days, and that meant both inwardly and outwardly they were to prepare themselves mentally and physically to meet God.

They were to wash their clothes and to abstain from sex with their wives as they prepared themselves mentally, to be in the presence of the Almighty. There are times that people today attend church so casually that they may go to church under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or having just come from adultery or fornication, unbathed, and having no real idea of who God is or what He requires; and often they could care less.

What I am saying is that unknowingly, and without thinking, we have lost the art of true worship. When we go to worship God we are going about a great and worthy undertaking; and the psalmist writes in Psalms 99:5, “Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at His footstool; for He is Holy.” We don’t stop to consider our real condition as we bundle up the children and the spouse if they will go, and we grudgingly slip into a pew, hoping nobody knows our real condition before God.

We go for many different reasons, first because we want to be seen in our community as a church member because we want the children to have that example from us as parents, maybe because this is the church that mother and father came to when we were young, or maybe it?s so the children can partake in the programs of the church.

Perhaps there are some other reasons but none of these reasons are reasons to worship. The purpose and I mean the only purpose for worship is to glorify God and the only way our worship can glorify God is for us to be all that Christ has died for us to be, and when we are consecrated to God. If you want to know what it means to be consecrated, it means to be focused, dedicated to Christ, perfected, complete, and fully suited to come into the presence of God and worship Him.

I do not say this to make you feel bad, that is unless you need to feel bad because you are not what you ought to be before God. Listen, dear brothers and sisters, we in the visible church must come to the “lick-log”, so to speak, and deal with God with integrity. I don’t know of any church members who would not object and want to argue with me about the need of the visible church, and it’s deplorable condition; but if we have been awake and aware over the past years, we know men like Billy Graham, Vance Havner, R.G. Lee, Charles H. Spurgeon and many others who have told us that the majority of all church members are lost.

That the greatest mission field in the world is in the pews of the church. The only reason anyone would ever argue with that is that they have simply been brain-washed by the church to believe whatever the preacher there believes. We do not study our Bibles, and so we are unaware of what is true and what is false. We lack integrity, and the first people who notice are our children and the youth in our churches. They know how we act in the church, versus how we act after church around the swimming pool, at the dinner table, and in our dealings with our fellow man. Our children know that the Bible commands us to overcome temptations, rather than to submit to temptations, but we in our culture have chosen to submit rather than to resist temptation.

Now if you think I am overstating the problem, open your ears and eyes and see what is going on in the pews next to you and in the community where you live. We have all been taught evil by the Television. In the beginning, it had great probabilities of helping us teach ourselves and our children; but the devil became the major stockholder, and television overall is utterly corrupt, and as a result, those who watch it without any limits become corrupt.

Too many people who claim the banner of Jesus Christ would argue that “nobody is perfect, we are all just sinners and we all sin every day.” That is certainly the condition of too many of us in this society; however, to make a statement like that is to deny the power of God in Salvation. Anyone who would make that kind of statement needs a lesson in reading and understanding the Bible.

The truly saved person has everything that they need to live above sin. We, who are born again and indwelled by the Holy Spirit of God, could live above sin, the problem is that we have been taught that we can?t and so we don’t try to. Let me ask you, do you believe that there is anything that Almighty God cannot do? If you say no, you are right and therefore saved people should be living above sin; and if you say, yes, there are some things that God cannot do, then you need to seek the face of God and ask Him to save you.

The Children of God are people who have been prepared by God to worship Him in Spirit and Truth. The hand of God has circumcised our hearts, cutting away the desires of sin and disobedience; and so we can and we will live a life that can glorify God. (See John 4:23; Philippians 3:3). So if you are one of the sinners that so many like to say that they are, you need to be saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, and then you can begin to live like a Saint, which is what God calls His Children.

Years ago, due to church programs, rather than Proclamations from the Word of God, we began to be creature worshipers, rather than Worshipers of the Creator. (See Romans 1:21-25). The root of the problem in our so-called worship is that we will not give place to God in our lives. We are not willing to sacrifice our bodies to God. We don’t mind sacrificing our words and promises and requests to God, but we will not sacrifice our bodies to Him to live in a way to glorify Him. (See Romans 12:1-2). Most of us do not know what we should be doing in our lives if we are Christians; we have been taught that we are not under the law but grace, and so we strain grace to the breaking point in our lives, not realizing that we do not know the Grace of God. It is Grace that teaches us to obey the commandments of God. (See Titus 2:11-12).

Jesus Christ would call us hypocrites; because Jesus preached in Matthew chapter 15, verses 7-9 and said to the Scribes and Pharisees, “Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: These people draw near to Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men”. Are you worshiping God in Spirit and Truth or are you worshiping Him with your mouth?

Until next time,

may God bless and keep you

This is Bro. Bob