Weekly Worship Meditation

Ignoring God while making important decisions

Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions; but they did not ask counsel of the LORD. So Joshua made peace with them, and made a covenant with them to let them live; and the rulers of the congregation swore to them. —Joshua 9:14-15 We are often as guilty as Joshua when we make decisions based on outward appearances and the wisdom (lies?) of the world without asking counsel of the Lord.  How?  First the back story. Israel was to make no covenants with the...

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How the accursed can be blessed

"Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God..." "But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes...

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The dreadful mistake of dismissing and neglecting the Law

Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good. —Romans 7:12 Reading through the Law can be a daunting task.  Everyone of us should read it if we are following a systematic reading plan that will take us through the entire Bible. Sadly, there are many Christians, who make the dreadful mistake of dismissing  and neglecting the Law.  This is a mistake.  The Law is essential in that it convicts us of sin (“sin is lawlessness,”...

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Do you see Jesus in the Law?

Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. —Psalm 119:97 Reading the Law in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy can seem rather laborious.  It doesn’t have to.  I find that turning it into a scavenger hunt makes it more engaging.  What do I look for on this scavenger hunt?  I attempt to have an eye out for a few things, really, but the number one thing I look for is how the Law points to Christ.  Here are a couple of things that...

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You may not have thought of this

"You shall not tempt the LORD your God… You shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, His testimonies, and His statutes which He has commanded you. And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD, that it may be well with you…” —Deuteronomy 6:16-18 Here are three reasons to obey God’s Word that you may not have thought of.  First, as this passage suggests, to disobey God is to “tempt” Him, or to...

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The contagion of negativity

And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, "If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! Why has the LORD brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?" —Numbers 14:2-3 Negative talk is contagious and often carries with it  disastrous consequences. At...

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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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