Worship God on His Terms
King of Peace, help me to be a part of bringing Your peace to the world as I yield to You and allow You to use me as You desire.
Read Deuteronomy 16:1-22
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
“The cultivation of consumer spirituality is the antithesis of a sacrificial ‘deny yourself’ congregation. A consumer church is an antichrist church” (Eugene Petersen).
The Jews had three major festivals. The Feast of Unleavened Bread connected with the Passover (Good Friday). The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) followed seven weeks later. The Feast of Tabernacles was connected with the harvest. God insisted that each festival be celebrated “at the place he will choose” (16; also 2,6,7,11,15). Why was this important? Earlier, God had contrasted the many and various places connected with Canaanite idolatry with the single place he would choose for his worship (Deut. 12:2-5). The worship of God was to be radically different from the idolatrous practices of the Canaanites that preceded Israel’s entry into the Promised Land. It was centralized in one God-designated location–initially Shiloh, where the tabernacle was mostly located, and eventually in Jerusalem, where the Temple was built.
Three times, the place of God’s choice is referred to as “a dwelling for his Name” (2,6,11). The Name of God is connected with his character. The place God chose for his worship was a holy place. The implication is that God’s worshippers must reflect his character. The worship in the central place must be applied “in every town” where appointed judges and leaders must judge and rule with justice–without corruption and wickedness (18-20). God is a just God (2 Thess. 1:6) and his worshippers must act justly.
Though today we worship God in so many different places, our worship must still be doctrinally and devotionally rooted in the one spiritual soil–where the triune God is, where the Son died for our sins, the Spirit was given to us and the Father provides for all our needs. This is reflected in our creeds, baptismal formula (Matt. 28:19) and benedictions (2 Cor. 13:14). Such true worship of God will produce consistent godly character in the worshippers.
What evidence can others find in your daily interactions that you are a temple of God (1 Cor. 3:16) and a residence for God’s character? Make changes if needed.
Lord, You are the High and Exalted God and yet the Suffering Servant who died as our Passover Lamb. You are Provider and Present One. Thank You, Lord!
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