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The Ultimate Priority - Worship . . . Part 1


** How important is it that we not reduce Almighty God to some form or image which is beneath His glory?

It remains of the utmost importance, which is why Moses would further instruct Israel in Deuteronomy 4:12-19.

** How are we today tempted to worship the true God in the wrong form?

By creating and worshipping a mental form of Him.

"If you think of God as an old man with a beard sitting in a chair--that's unacceptable. Idolatry does not begin with a sculptor's hammer, it begins with the mind. When we think of God, what should we visualize? Absolutely nothing. No visual conception of God could properly represent His eternal glory. That may be why God is described as light. It is not possible to make a statue of light." (John MacArthur)

Now let's see the third form of "Unacceptable Worship"...


** How many ways are there to approach God in worship?

Only one! cf. John 14:6 "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me. Here are four examples of self-styled worship, which were displeasing to God.

Leviticus 10:1-2 Nadab and Abihu, Aaron's sons. Offering "strange fire" which was not from the altar, as prescribed by God in Leviticus 6:9-13. Also, the context indicates that they were probably drunk at the time. (Leviticus 10:8-9)

1Samuel 13:8-14 Saul took over the role of a priest and offered a self-styled sacrifice, which was rejected and judged. cf.1Samuel 10:8 with 1Samuel 13:13

2Samuel 6:1-7 Uzzah got creative in how he should carry the Arc of God, in direct disobedience to God's instruction in Numbers 4:4-6 and 15. As a result he died (V.7).

Matthew 15:1-9 The Pharisees set aside the commandments of God in order to honor their own traditions. Instead of honoring their mother and father, they claimed to have given in pledge their financial resources to God.

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