|Issue No. 49/2017 3 December 2017 WORSHIP UNDER THE LAW, PT. 1 (FROM MOSES TO SOLOMON) Owen
Issue No. 49/2017 3 December 2017
WORSHIP UNDER THE LAW, PT. 1
(FROM MOSES TO SOLOMON)
Owen D. Olbricht (Truth for Today)
When God led the children of Israel out of slavery in Egypt, He declared them His own special people and promised to be their God (Exo. 6:7). At Mount Sinai He made a covenant with them and gave them His law.
THE LAWS FOR WORSHIP
Although some pre-Law practices, such as animal sacrifice, were included in the Law, worship under the Law became more strictly regulated. Procedures were spelled out in detail. Nothing was said about including singing or prayers in Israel’s congregational gatherings, but the Law was to be read to the congregation every seventh year during the Feast of Booths (Deut. 31:10-13). Parents were instructed to teach God’s words to their children in their homes and as they walked by the way (Deut. 6:6, 7).
The following is a good summary of the worship that God revealed through Moses:
(1) Everything was prescribed, such as the prayers, the offerings, and the ceremonies. (2) Worship was built largely around a sacrificial system in which blood was a symbol representing life for the people. (3) The Hebrew year was given much prominence. 4) The priest played an important part in the system, for he dramatized the offering of sacrifices. (5) The places of worship was prominent in that it symbolized the presence of God. (6) There was a great deal of emphasis on the feasts, especially the Passover, Pentecost, Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles.
The sabbath day was not a special day of worship, but was a rest day. On every seventh day of the week, Israel was to cease working and remember God’s delivering them from Egyptian slavery (Deut. 5:12-15).
THE OBJECT OF WORSHIP
In preparing Moses to lead the children of Israel, God impressed on him His greatness by confronting him with the majestic awesomeness of His nature. God appeared to him in a burning bush before sending him to Egypt to seek Israel’s deliverance from slavery. God revealed Himself as YEHWEH, the “I AM” (Exo. 3:14), from which is derived God’s name, Yahweh—the One who is eternal, self-possessed, all-sufficient, and dependent on no one. He is the provider who needs no one to help Him, the deliverer who needs no one to deliver Him, the all-knowing One who needs no one to instruct Him, and the all-powerful One who needs no one to empower or energize Him. His sacred name was to be respected and honoured by Israel.
Because God transcends His creation and is not physical in nature, the people were not to make images to represent Him, nor were they to worship such images (Exo. 20:3-5; Deut. 5:7-9). Moses stated,
So watch yourselves carefully, since you did not see any form on the day the Lord spoke to you at Horeb from the midst of the fire, so that you do not act corruptly and make a graven image for yourselves in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the sky, the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water below the earth (Deut. 4:15-18).
Icons and statues that are used to vivify to the worshiper the humanness of Mary and to depict various aspects of Jesus’ life while He was in a human body violate the above teachings. Those who bow in honour before such icons and statues are worshiping human forms. This is strictly forbidden. Jesus has returned to His glorified spirit nature (John 17:5; Phil. 3:21), so He no longer has a human body. We are to worship the divine nature of Jesus and not the human nature He assumed during His incarnation.
God alone was to be worshiped under the Law (Deut. 6:14, 15). He gave specific instructions concerning every aspect of worship that Israel was to offer to Him, leaving nothing to their own discretion. They were to worship according to His will, in the manner and in the location desired by Him.
The forms or media of worship included specific types of animal and grain sacrifices and offerings (the burnt, cereal, peace, sin, and guilt offerings of Leviticus 1-7), ritual cleansing (Deut. 21:6), prayer (Exo. 30:7-10), instruction in and recitation of the word of God (Lev. 10:11; Deut. 6:4-9), and the giving of tithes and offerings to the Lord (Num. 18:21-24). The formal institutions of Hebrew worship ordained by God included the tabernacle or tent of meeting and the Levitical priesthood (Exo. 29:1-9; 35:1-19).
K. L. FAMILY NEWS
Our theme for December is “Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus” (Rom. 15:5).
Please pray for sis. Sue Trice (cancer), bro. Ron Ying (successful healing), bro. Charlie Chan (recovery from spinal injury) and sis. Tee (mother of sis. Irene Ong, infections affecting her health).
There will be a Congregational Meeting today. Members are encouraged to stay back after worship.
FRIDAY BIBLE CLASS
Bro. Ganga will be teaching on the book of 1 Peter on 8 December 2017 at 7.00pm – 8.00pm.
GUEST TEACHER & SPEAKER FOR 10 DECEMBER 2017
Bro. Leow Yew Chong from Klang will be our guest teacher and speaker on 10 December 2017.
We thank bro. Patrick and family for hosting the Home Fellowship on 25 November 2017. Appreciation to bro. Ganga for the devotion on “Christian and Chinese Culture”. Attendance: 14
We thank bro. Ganga for visiting sis. Lim Hong Keow on 26 November 2017.
Blessed birthdays to sis. Lim Hong Keow (4), bro. Sekhar (13), bro. Aemon (23) and sis. Anita Ong (31). May God bless these brethren and grant them peace and joy.
Bro. Chee Keong and sis. Anita are away. Bro. Robert and sis. Irene Ong will leave for China on 4 December 2017 and will be away for two weeks. Remember them in your prayers.
VISITORS/VISITING BRETHREN (LAST WEEK)
Tamil Worship - bro. Ashok Kumar (India), bro. Panir & sis. Saroja
English Worship - bro. Chandran (India), bro. Lantang Tamang (Nepal),
Doris Khek, bro. Rick & sis. Connie Kirk (Klang)
SERMON FOR TODAY
Title: The Faith of the Canaanite Woman
Text: Matt. 15:11-25
Those to Serve 3 December 10 December
Song Leader Robert Ong Ganga
Opening Prayer Tony Lye Patrick Chew
Lord’s Table Patrick Chew Chee Keong
Server Yixen Yap Ah Peng
Reader Yap Ah Peng Yixen
Announcer Patrick Chew Ganga
Teacher Ganga Yew Chong
The Blood of
Communion Set Veronica Constance
Floral Display Pooi Lai Anita Ong
Statistics Last Week
English Worship 19
Tamil Worship 12
Hearing Impaired -
Total Worship Attendance 31
Friday Bible Class 6
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