Weekly Worship Meditation

Making and Keeping Vows

"And Jephthah made a vow to the LORD, and said, "If You will indeed deliver the people of Ammon into my hands,  31  then it will be that whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the people of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD's, and I will offer it up as a burnt offering." …And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he tore his clothes, and said, "Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low! You are among...

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The Sin of Achan

But the children of Israel committed a trespass regarding the accursed things, for Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed things; so the anger of the LORD burned against the children of Israel. —Joshua 7:1 Most of us are familiar with the story of Achan.  When the Israelites defeated Jericho, they were forbidden to take any of the spoil, since these “first fruits” of the Land belonged to God.1  It...

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Hanged and Accursed

“If a man has committed a sin deserving of death, and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree,  23  his body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you shall surely bury him that day, so that you do not defile the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance; for he who is hanged is accursed of God.” —Deuteronomy 21:22-23   Hanging was not the method of execution in Israel.  Stoning was.  So why the instructions...

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Fear, Marriage, and Worship

What happens when one cannot decide which passage to write a meditation on because they are all so important?  Do all three! You must not fear them, for the LORD your God Himself fights for you. —Deuteronomy 3:22  These words were said in the context of following the Lord’s specific guidance.  When we are follow-ing what He has said in His Word, we need not fear anyone or anything.  We must not, however, presume on His protection when we are doing our...

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"Who is Balaam?"

So Balaam rose and departed and returned to his place… —Numbers 24:25 Who was this Balaam fellow and what was up with him?  There are four chapters in Numbers that are taken up with Balaam.  He is called a prophet, and he speaks with God, but consider all the details from scripture that cast a shadow on him: He was a “prophet-for-hire,” working for a pagan king. He was trying to curse God’s people, for pay. Even though he...

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Believe God's Promises

Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, "Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it." —Numbers 13:30  God promised to deliver the Israelites out of Egypt and into the Promised Land.  God made that promise.  God cannot lie and He is able to accomplish anything He promises to do.  Therefore the Promised Land was virtually the Israelites’ possession before they got there or ever left Egypt. God...

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Spiritual Leprosy

And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying:  2  "When a man has on the skin of his body a swelling, a scab, or a bright spot, and it becomes on the skin of his body like a leprous sore, then he shall be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons the priests. —Leviticus 13:1-2 Leprosy in the Bible is more than a physical ailment.  It is also intended to be a picture of sin.  One writer made the comparison with these words:  “Leprosy is a...

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Prepare Yourself for Worship

Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes.  11  And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day the LORD will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. —Exodus 19:10-11 I realize that God’s supernatural visitation at Mount Sinai is not like the average Sunday morning worship service.  However, might there be some lessons to learn from that incredible...

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Lessons from Joseph

"Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God?  20  But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.  21  Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones." And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them." —Genesis 50:19-21 This brief exchange between Joseph and his brothers teaches at least three...

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Collateral Blessing

So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had in the house and in the field. —Genesis 39:5 Here is a worthy goal and an incredible opportunity: Let us strive to live in such a way that the Lord would bless the people in our lives for our sakes.  That would include (as in Joseph’s sake) employers, but also...

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