The Study of Worship


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STUDY OF WORSHIP

Pastor A. J. Watkins M. Div.

Strong’s Concordance, James Moffet, Greek Lexicon

King James Translation & Bibliography Included

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WORSHIP. The act of paying honor to a deity; religious reverence and homage. The rendering of the following Heb. and Gk. words:

1. Heb. shaha (to “bow down”), to prostrate oneself before another in order to do him honor and reverence (Gen 22:5; etc.). This mode of salutation consisted in falling upon the knees and then touching the forehead to the ground (19:1; 42:6; 48:12; 1 Sam 25:41; etc., often rendered “bowed”). It is, however, used specifically to bow down before God; spoken of worship rendered to God, and also to false gods (Gen 22:5; Ex 24:1; 33:10; Judges 7:15; Job 1:20; Ps 22:27; 86:9).

2. Aram. segid (to “fall down”), spoken of in connection with idol worship; to fall down in adoration of idols (Dan 3:5-6,10-12,14-15,28); in honor of a man, as of Daniel (Dan 2:46).

3. Heb. `asab (to “carve, labor”), to serve an idol, as in Jer 44:19; or according to others, to fashion her, i.e., the image (see Orelli, Com., ad loc.).

4. The Gk. words thus rendered are: proskuneo, properly to “kiss the hand to (toward) one,” in token of reverence; also by kneeling or prostration to do homage-the word most frequently used in the NT; sebomai, to “revere” a deity (Matt 15:9; Mark 7:7; Acts 18:13; 19:27). Proselytes of the gate are called worshipers of God (sebomene ton theon, 16:14; 18:7), or simply “devout persons” (tois sebomenois, 17:17, “God-fearing”). latreuo (to “serve”) in the NT means to render religious service or honor and in the strict sense to perform sacred services, to offer gifts, to worship God in the observance of the rites instituted for His worship (Heb 10:2; 9:9). Ethelothreskeia (“voluntary worship”), i.e., worship that one devises and prescribes for himself, contrary to the contents and nature of the faith that ought to be directed to Christ; used for the misdirected zeal and practices of ascetics (Col 2:23). Therapeuo to “do service,” as in Acts 17:25.

General Observations. It is as natural to worship as it is to live. The feeling and expression of high adoration, reverence, trust, love, loyalty, and dependence upon a higher power, human or divine, is a necessity to man. These sentiments, toward Country Pond  something or somebody, and whether real or imaginary, appeal to a greater or less degree to every man. And that something determines his worship. “Worship is as old as humanity. It has its root in a necessity of the human soul as native to it as the consciousness of God itself, which impels it to testify by word and act its love and gratitude to the Author of life and the Giver of all good” (Keil, Bib. Arch., p. 55).

Primitive Worship. We are not informed as to the nature of the worship rendered by our first parents. But we learn from earliest records that their sons were moved to present a portion of the product of their labor in sacrifice to God. Men as early as Enosh, the grandson of Adam (Gen 4:26), called upon the name of the Lord. In other words, the regular and solemn worship of God as Jehovah (i.e., as the God of salvation) was celebrated in word and act-with prayer and sacrifice. Max Muller says: “That feeling of sonship which distinguishes man from every other creature, and not only exalts him above the brute, but completely secures him against sinking into a purely physical state of being, that original intuition of God, and that consciousness of his being dependent upon a higher power, can only be the result of a primitive revelation in the most literal sense of the word.” This view is held by Schelling. The other view is that worship cannot be traced to a divine source; that the original condition of the human family was of an extremely rude and imperfect character; and that fetishism, being the lowest form of religion, was also the earliest and that for this Rio Christreason we ought to regard religion, even in its most advanced forms, as springing originally from a barbarous fetishism. But the grounds upon which this opinion is based are weak in the extreme. “It would be nearer the truth to say that they are as divine as they are human in their origin, seeing that they are based upon the relation of man to God involved in his creation, and are evoked by a sense of the divine training and guidance under which he finds himself after his creation” (Keil, Bib. Arch., p. 56).

In primitive times the form of worship that Enoch introduced was still maintained, for Enoch “walked with God” (Gen 5:24). Noah was righteous before Him, expressing his gratitude by presenting burnt offerings (6:9; 8:20-21).

In a subsequent age God chose for Himself a faithful servant in the person of Abraham. He made him the depository of His revelation and the father and founder of His chosen people, who were destined to preserve the knowledge and worship of His name until the time when the Savior would come from their midst. While other nations multiplied their modes of worship according to the political constitution that they adopted and to suit the number and variety of their duties, they devised a corresponding variety of ritual, with a large priesthood and a multitude of sacred observances. But Abraham and the posterity born to him preserved a simple form of worship, as became shepherds and in keeping with the revelation imparted to them. Wherever they pitched their tents for any length of time they built altars in order that, in compliance with ancient usage, they might call upon the name of the Lord (12:7-8; 13:4,18; etc.). Those altars were, doubtless, simple mounds (Heb. bamot)
composed of earth and stone, and the animals sacrificed upon them consisted of those that were edible (i.e., clean), taken from the fold.

We have no information regarding the particular ceremonies observed in connection with these sacrifices. But it is probable that prayer was offered by the patriarchs in person, who were in the habit of discharging the priestly functions. The offerings were for the most part burnt offerings, i.e., offerings that were entirely consumed upon the altar, although instances are given of a portion of the sacrifice being reserved for use in the sacrificial feasts. In the selection of animals for sacrifices the patriarchs were probably guided by the directions given to Abraham (15:9); the way in which the sacrifice of Isaac terminated (22:12-13) must have shown that the animal sacrificed was to be regarded merely as a symbol of the heart’s devotion to God. Whether these sacrifices were offered at regular intervals or on special occasions (see Job 1:5), we cannot say.

Besides altars, memorial stones (Heb. massebot) were erected by the patriarchs on spots where God had favored them with special revelations. Drink offerings were poured upon them (Gen 28:18,22; 35:14). The narrative of Jacob’s vow (2:20-22) tells of his promise that, if God would watch over him, supply his wants, and bring him back in safety, he would acknowledge Jehovah as his God, consecrate the pillar he had set up and make it a house of God, and render to Jehovah a tenth of all his income. He excluded strange gods from his house (35:1-4). After due preparation on the part of his household, he built an altar at Bethel.

To the above-mentioned forms of worship, the rite of circumcision was added. In obedience to a divine order, and as a token of the covenant that Jehovah made with him, Abraham performed this rite upon himself and the male members of his household, commanding his posterity that it was an inviolable obligation (Gen 17:1-14,23-27). Nothing further is known regarding the forms of worship that prevailed among the patriarchs.

Mosaic. When Israel became a nation with an organized civil government, in order to fulfill its divine mission it was necessary that its religious affairs should also be remodeled and that the character and style of its worship should be fixed and regulated by positive divine enactments. This did not necessitate an entirely new system of worship, since they were to serve and honor the God of their fathers. Therefore the worship introduced by Moses was grafted on that of Israel’s ancestors. It was improved and perfected only as the circumstances of the Israelites as a confederacy of tribes or a monarchy seemed to require, with such forms and ceremonies as would further Israel’s divinely appointed mission. This object was further secured by the Mosaic ritual, inasmuch as it embraced all the essential elements of a complete system of worship. It gave precise directions as to the place of worship, with its structure and arrangements, instituting a distinct order of sacred functions, prescribing the religious ceremonies, fixing the sacred seasons and the manner in which they were to be observed.

This system bore the stamp of genuine worship. It was framed by Moses in accordance with revelation and recognized Jehovah as the true God. Nor is it a vital objection to its being true worship on the grounds that it had a material and Bible Pulpitsensuous character and that many of its forms and ceremonies were similar to the rituals of pagan religions. These facts have been variously misconstrued and have been taken advantage of for the purpose of disparaging the origin and character of the Mosaic worship. It is true that the Mosaic worship embodies itself, for the most part, in outward forms and ceremonies, for one can only give expression to his relation to his Creator through corporeal media. Religious thought and feeling can express themselves only in word and act, and therefore forms are necessary in every kind of worship. And being copies or impressions of religious ideas, they must have an allegorical or symbolical character.

Further, the religion of the OT is monotheism, in contradiction to the polytheism of heathen nations. Jehovah is represented not only as the only true God, not merely as the almighty Creator, Preserver, and Governor of the world and every creature; not simply as the eternal, absolute Spirit, the good and merciful One who has destined man to enjoy the felicity of life that springs from personal fellowship with Himself. But He is also pictured as the omnipresent and near One watching over all His creatures, to keep the weak and distressed. He seeks to conduct those who have wandered from Him back to the fountain of life. He selected for Himself, from degenerate humanity, a race to be in a special sense His people and to whom He, in a special sense, would be God, with the purpose of saving the world. This is accompanied with such directions for the regulations of their life, that, if accepted and complied with, Israel would become to Jehovah “My own possession among all the peoples” (Ex 19:5-6), “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”

Christian. The church of Christ is not only His representative body on earth, it is also the temple of divine service continuing and perfecting the worship of the past. This service includes offerings presented to God and blessings received from Him. The former embraces the entire ordinance of worship, with its nature, reasons, and observances; the latter embraces the means of grace, common prayer, the Word, and the sacraments. These, however, are really one, and their relations to each other as one are of great importance. Both require for their realization the institution of the evangelical ministry. The worship of the The doorChristian church may be regarded in its divine principles and in its human arrangements. As to the former, its object is the revealed Trinity; its form is mediatorial, through the incarnate Son, by the Holy Spirit; its attributes are spirituality, simplicity, purity, and reverent decorum; its seasons are preeminently the Lord’s Day and all times of holy assembly. As to the latter, it is left to the congregation itself to determine the minor details, according to the pattern shown in the Scripture.

As an institute of worship the church of Christ has its ordinary channels for the communication of the influences of the Holy Spirit to the souls of men, namely, the means of grace; the supreme means are the Word and prayer. Special attention is also called to the sacraments (which see) of baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: W. D. Maxwell, A History of Christian Worship (1936); O. Cullmann, Early Christian Worship (1953); R. P. Martin, Worship in the Early Church (1974); R. B. Allen, Praise! A Matter of Life and Breath (1980); R. G. Rayburn, O Come Let Us Worship (1980); R. B. Allen and G. L. Borror, Worship: Rediscovering the Missing Jewel (1982).

A. J.  “therightrevrhino” Watkins M.Div.

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Believing In or To Believe (There Is A Difference)

Believe or Believe In (There Is A Difference) Hebrews 11:6
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A Deal Instead of a Destiny

A DESTINY INSTEAD OF A DEAL

St. Matthew 4:1-10

King James Version Utilized

Matthew Henry & Adam Clarke Study Aides

Simonton Genesis Ministries © May 2010

In our 21st century world today you will find that the entertainer Wayne Brady has become the host of an old game show that the late Monte Hall used to host entitled “Let’s Make a Deal.”  In this show, the people dress in old clothes and try to have all kinds of things on their person or in their purses that the host may ask to receive from them.  The show offers you a prize that you actually get to keep and walk off of the stage.  However, before the contestant can walk away, Wayne Brady asks them if they want to keep what they have or do they want to take the deal behind one of three doors.  Many contestants go for the deal because they think they are going to prosper instead of taking the winnings that they have in their possession.  They are sometimes actually presented with over $1,000.00 in cash but they then get a deal offered to them behind one of the doors.  However, they do not know what is behind that door and most of the time it is something worse than what they gave up the first prize for in the first place.

In our text we have the story of Jesus being taken up into the wilderness to be tested by the enemy.  As we look into the mirror of this parabolic picture presented we notice Christ‘s temptation is first an instance of his own condescension and humiliation. Temptations are fiery darts, thorns in the flesh, buffetings, siftings, wrestlings, combats, all which denote hardship and suffering; therefore Christ submitted to them, because he would humble himself, in all things to be made like unto his brethren; thus he gave his back to the smiters who are called today HATERS.

Secondly it is an occasion of Satan’s confusion. There is no conquest without a combative situation. Christ was tempted, that he might overcome the tempter. Satan tempted the first Adam, and triumphed over him; but he shall not always triumph, the second Adam OVERCAME him and then led captivity captive. Therefore, you can follow the same formula that Christ left.  Father in the name of Jesus, I rebuke you Satan and your deceitful ways.  Get behind me HATER and mess with someone who has to graduate to my level of spiritual maturity because I know better.

Lastly it is a matter of comfort to all the saints. In the temptation of Christ it appears, that our enemy is subtle, spiteful, and very daring in his temptations; but it appears withal, that he is not invincible. Though he is a strong man armed, yet the Captain of our salvation is stronger than he. It is some comfort to us to think that Christ suffered, being tempted; for it appears that temptations, if not yielded to, are not sins, they are afflictions only and we have a High Priest who knows, by experience, what it is like to be tempted, and who therefore is the more tenderly touched with the feelings of our infirmities in an hour of temptation. Hebrews 2:18 states, “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted.” Then Hebrews 4:15 states, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”  It is such  a comfort to think that Christ conquered, being tempted, and conquered for us; not only that the enemy we grapple with is a conquered, baffled, disarmed enemy, but that we are interested in Christ’s victory over him, and through him are more than conquerors.

Immediately after the heavens were opened to him, and the Spirit descended on him, and he was declared to be the Son of God, and the Savior of the world, the next news we hear of him is, he is tempted; for then he is best able to grapple with the temptation. He was offered deals that he and Father God already owned.  That is often times how we are fooled. We are fooled and offered deals by Lucifer that we already have experienced.  Yet he comes during your time of doubt and discouragement and you fall for it.

Saints realize that great privileges, and special tokens of divine favor, will not secure us from being tempted. Please understand that after great honors are bestowed upon us, we must expect something that is humbling. You will have a HATER to come along and try to say or do something negative to tear down your temporary glory, recognition, and reward.  I want you to realize that God prepares his people for temptation before he calls them to it; he gives strength according to the day, and, before a sharp trial, gives more than ordinary comfort because now your faith at the new level of living, giving, receiving and believing must be tested. Yet when you have decided to follow the direction of the Holy Ghost, you will be furnished with an answer to all of the deals a hater will offer you to disturb, debauch, or disquiet you on that new level of salvation.

Notice that Jesus went into the wilderness.  He went to the wilderness because there was nothing out there and no one out there but God.  You will have to go into the wilderness and have a wilderness experience too if you want to hear directly from God.  The lesson here is if you want to grow closer to God, then you must get away from family, friends, and haters alike.  You must get to a quiet place and get in tune with yourself and the Holy Ghost so you can get the proper instructions for your problems, perplexities, mess, and foolishness.  Read and study your bibles.  Fast and pray from time to time.  Dig into the issues that cause you the most discomfort and place those bad deals in front of God so your destiny can become clearer.  In the silence, God will not make a deal with you, but he will give you the roadmap to your DESTINY.

Understand, that there will be times when God is silent and giving you more time to pray in your brokenness.  Also God is remaking your dream into a destiny during that alone time with him.  Ever spiritually packed your bags for Fiji, Cancun, or Aruba and found yourself in the Arctic, Antarctic, or Siberia feeling cold and alone?  Could it be you’re reaching for God’s presents instead of his presence?  The reason you are reaching for the material presents is because you have allowed Lucifer to make you a deal of materialism.  Getting into the presence of God gives you clear, concise, and cohesive directives to your destiny which includes gathering material and spiritual gifts along the way.  When you are on your way to your destiny, which is your destination for the new level of spiritual maturity, you will run into HATERS offering all types of deals to either slow you down or get you off track.  Refuse the big deal and take what God has given you and allow God to magnify those gifts to catapult you toward your destiny.  Then, as you land, you will get a chance to “take a breather” and get prepared for the next level in Christ and in your life.

When you are tempted by Lucifer, you have to know God’s Word.  Jesus quoted scripture each time a deal was offered.  He would say, “It is written.”  That tells us that God’s Word has eternal implications each time you make a choice to go for your destiny instead of a deal.  Christ’s destiny was the cross and he was offered deals in an attempt to take his focus off of his destiny.  We all face deals on a daily basis just like Christ did in his day.  However, when our mind gets messed up, we must say “it is written” or go find where it is written so that we remain focused on our destiny.

God’s children know where they have been, they know where they are now, and they definitely know where they are headed.  If you are a mature child of God, you can look across the valley to the next peak of success that you want to achieve.  The problem is down in the valley, there are deals that have to be foregone in order for you to get to your destiny.

Man and Woman of the most high God, don’t you know that as you traverse to the next level of maturity that you are going to have to face some seriously offered deals that look and sound great? People will act like they are with you just to get close enough to try and distract you from your destiny.  How do I get to my destiny?  I am glad you asked.  There are witnesses for God everywhere who have taken some bad deals, but God, with his forgiving self, allowed them to back out of the deal that the enemy offered and move toward their destiny another way.

You watch for various people who come into your life while you are on your way to your destiny.  Let me tell you how to identify them.  Satan utilizes the HATERS to offer you a deal that would attempt to deride the miracles of God; detest the glory of God; depose the authority of God; despise the goodness of God; demolish the victories of God; degrade the promises of God; delay the harvest of God; denounce the blessings of God; destroy the worship of God; deafen your ears so you cannot hear God; deprive the family of God; defile the church of God and devour the servants of God.  You know some HATERS like that don’t you?  They offer deals that deceive the saints of God; discourage the work of God; defeat the plan of God; deteriorate the standards of God; defy the wisdom of God; debauch the justice of God; and depress the people of God.   You have to be able to tell those types of folks, “BUT GOD SAID IN HIS WORD.”  That is the modern day way of saying it is written.

When you run into HATERS attempting to distract you from your destiny by offering you empty deals, you have to tell them BUT GOD SAID IN HIS WORD.  You may not know the exact location at that precise moment, but when you make that statement with conviction in your heart and fire in your eyes, they will know that you are fully aware of God’s presence around you.  When you make that statement you are telling the HATER to get behind you.  As you mature you will be able to tell the HATER the location in the word.

Satan will use HATERS to offer you various deals and those deals can and sometimes will cause you unnecessary heartache.  He will deal with you as a trapper to ensnare you; as a teacher to brainwash you; as a cannibal to devour you; as philosopher to persuade you; as a clown to entertain you; as a beggar to bribe you; as a counselor to discourage you; as a Friend, yes Friend to fail, forsake, and forget you once he has ruined your life.  Don’t take the deal, reach for your destiny.

When you are reaching for your destiny, you tell the HATER, “BUT GOD SAID FAITH IS THE SUBSTANCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR AND THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN.”  I am hoping to reach my destiny but right now I cannot see it.  I know it is there because I have faith HATER.  When they come to you with foolishness man, woman, boy, and girl you tell them I have faith enough to bypass the deal and let God guide me to my destiny through Christ.  I have so much faith in God hater that with God I know how to fight all my battles; resist all of my temptations; endure all of my trials; survive all of my tests; bear all of my own burdens and some for others too; perform all of my ministries; fulfill all of my commitments.  I have the faith to conquer my circumstances; destroy my doubts; defeat my discouragements; overcome my opposition; face all my fears; defy all of my demons; stand all storms that sweep over my soul with force and fury.

Then you run them off by telling them with my reinforced faith hater I can attempt my difficulties; seize all of my opportunities; tackle my responsibilities; withstand my troubles; solve my own problems; confront you and any more of my enemies; carry my own cross; move the unmovable; endure the unendurable; love the unlovable; forgive the unforgiveable; bear the unbearable; be fruitful in the midst of famine.  That is because I don’t deal because I desire my destiny.

I get that type of faith through Jesus Christ hater. I deal in the word.  I deal in faith.  I deal in love, peace, longsuffering.  If you are not offering that type of deal, then get on before you get stomped on.  I don’t want a deal, I want my destiny.  Destined to help and heal and not hinder and hurt God’s people.

All The Best To All Believers and Non-believers Alike

TheRightRevRhino D.Min.