Monday, September 07, 2009

True Worship

Yesterday at our Lord’s Day gathering we looked at Gen 22:1-14. How often do we look at the Genesis 22 and look for what it says about our salvation? But the context ,while certainly being a picture of substitutionary atonement , has even more to offer. We see in the text that Abraham's test involved the worship of God. Would Abraham worship God as God called him to worship or would he devise his own plan. We know the answer but that answer is relevant to us as we are not only called by God to worship Him but are told in Heb 12:28 that we are not to simply offer any worship we desire but to offer worship that is acceptable to God.

So, unlike Nadab and Abihu (Lev 10:1-2 ) and Uzzah (2 Sam 6:6-7) who thought it best to do things the way they desired we need to see that acceptable worship is that which is defined by God. Also we need to see that worship is not about a particular day of the week,even though we are to set aside the Lord’s Day, it is about all of life. If we truly saw all of life as about worship and that God defines what acceptable worship is then we should see that God then defines how we are to live so as to be acceptable worship of Him.

In the text we need to see that it was not only the final act of being ready to offer up Isaac that reveled Abraham's faith it was also the act of going to a mountain in the “land of Moriah” to make his offering that was worship. Let us be as Abraham so that our life is that of an act of worship. A life that seeks to glorify God in all we do (1 Cor 10:31).

It has been such a great joy being able to preach though Genesis and seeing how relevant it is to us today. As Genesis was written to the Hebrews who would be soon crossing the Jordan to live in the pagan lands on the other side we too should gain the same hope Moses was seeking to instill as we journey in the pagan lands God has placed us in Let our life be the living sacrifice it is called to be in Hebrews 12:1-2, a living act of worship.

Past Genesis messages can be found here.

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