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The Ultimate Priority - Worship . . . Part 1


Unacceptable Worship


The fact that mankind, the creature, has worshipped in an unacceptable manner, the One who created him and gave him life, is an old and very established reality. Today, we are going to learn four types of "Unacceptable Worship" in our effort to pursue "The Ultimate Priority - Worship".


** How do you suppose God feels about His creation being involved in the worship of false Gods?

He hates it! It is an abomination to Him. Let's look back at a time when God was restoring Israel.

Exodus 34:1-17 (V.1-7) (V. 8-12) (V. 13-17) Note: The goddess Asherah is mentioned again in 1Kings 18:19, where her prophets and those of Baal fight against Elijah and all die.

Remember, God is a jealous God and hates spiritual harlotry that would worship a false God!
cf. V.14 with Exodus 20:4-5, Deuteronomy 4:24, 5:9, 6:15; Joshua 24:19-20; Ezekiel 39:25, and Nahum 1:2.

** Why is that? What is at stake from God's perspective?

His glory!

Isaiah 48:11 "For My own sake, for My own sake, I will act; for how can My name be profaned? And My glory I will not give to another."

** Is mankind really inclined to worship false gods?

Absolutely! While we are aware that God does exist, we would rather make up our own god than meet the one true God on His terms. Turn with me to Romans, chapter one and let's see just how true that is...

Romans 1:16-23

** How powerful is the gospel of God?

It is the power that brings about salvation to all of those who would believe! It reveals the righteousness of God that we can receive by faith.

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