Weekly Worship Meditation

Learning to worship God acceptably (rather than according to one's preference)

And the one who offered his offering on the first day was Nahshon the son of Amminadab, from the tribe of Judah. His offering was one silver platter, the weight of which was one hundred and thirty shekels, and one silver bowl of seventy shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering; one gold pan of ten shekels, full of incense; one young bull, one ram, and one male lamb in its first year, as a burnt offering; one kid of the...

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Does the Lord's Supper teach our children anything?

And it shall be, when your children say to you, 'What do you mean by this service?'  that you shall say, 'It is the Passover sacrifice of the LORD, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.'" —Exodus 12:26-27 God’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt is a quintessential picture of spiritual salvation of all who are saved.  People are in a hopeless situation.  God...

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Do you prepare to meet with God in worship?

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes. 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   Note how the Lord commanded His people to prepare themselves for an encounter with Him. they needed to consecrate themselves spiritually, and that even included making sure their clothes were...

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God's aim is not my convenience

... for at this time I will send all My plagues to your very heart, and on your servants and on your people, that you may know that there is none like Me in all the earth... But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth. —Exodus 9:14 & 16 Why doesn’t God do things the way I think He should?  According to my timetable—preferably instantly?  Answer: God does everything for...

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Is the Lord with you, or not?

Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it." —Genesis 28:16 When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it; but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day's journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. —Luke 2:43-44 Two events, very different but oddly similar. Jacob had an...

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How often are you Esau?

Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary.  30And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom.  31But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.”  32And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?”  33Then Jacob said, “Swear to me as of this day.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright...

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Six Lessons from Abraham's Call

Now the LORD had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, From your family And from your father's house, To a land that I will show you.  2  I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.  3  I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." —Genesis 12:1-3  God’s call to Abram (later Abraham) is far...

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How can anyone insist the Bible never calls Jesus "God"?

“You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”  —Revelation 4:11 "…They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders.  12  In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”  —Revelation 5:11-12 The book of...

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Yes, the elect must be diligent

Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;  11  for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. —2 Peter 1:10-11 Peter affirmed that salvation is based on God’s election from eternity past, and His call results in the elect trusting in His Son, Jesus Christ.  God’s election and call are not merely...

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Two adages come to mind

Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him. —Acts 28:30-31 After an arduous voyage from Israel to Rome, which included a dramatic storm and shipwreck, Paul arrived in one piece.  He was still a prisoner, but by the kind Providence of God he was allowed to maintain his own household under house...

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