Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 26, 2014

“Careful”: “Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools”

Today’s devotion comes from Numbers Chapter 29.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+29&version=NASB 

I quote the following verses. 

“17 ‘Then on the second day:  twelve bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs one year old without defect;  18 and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams and for the lambs, by their number according to the ordinance;  19 and one male goat for a sin offering, besides the continual burnt offering and its grain offering, and their drink offerings. 

20 ‘Then on the third day:  eleven bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs one year old without defect;  21 and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams and for the lambs, by their number according to the ordinance;  22 and one male goat for a sin offering, besides the continual burnt offering and its grain offering and its drink offering.”  Numbers Chapter 29:  Verses 17-22.    

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Worship is not about what interests us.  Worship is about what God wants. 

We may think that the elements of worship are boring.  But, we remember Numbers 28:1:  “Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Command the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be careful to present My offering, My food for My offerings by fire, of a soothing aroma to Me, at their appointed time.’”  

And so, Reformed Doctrine adheres to the Regulative Principle of Worship.  “The regulative principle of worship is the principle that God in His Word tells us how to worship Him. What God commands in worship must be done, and what He does not command in worship is forbidden.”  “The Regulative Principle of Worship (1)”  By Griess Cory, in O Come Let Us Worship Volume 88/2012 Issue: 14, 4/15/2012 of the Standard Bearer.  Here is a link to this article – http://standardbearer.rfpa.org/articles/regulative-principle-worship-1  

“Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools;  for they do not know they are doing evil.  Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God.  For God is in heaven and you are on the earth;  therefore let your words be few.”  Ecclesiastes 5:1-2. 

“Then Moses summoned all Israel and said to them: “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the ordinances which I am speaking today in your hearing, that you may learn them and observe them carefully.”  Deuteronomy 5:1. 

“It will be righteousness for us if we are careful to observe all this commandment before the Lord our God, just as He commanded us.”  Deuteronomy 6:25. 

“Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do;  you shall not add to nor take away from it.”  Deuteronomy 12:32.  

“This day the Lord your God commands you to do these statutes and ordinances.  You shall therefore be careful to do them with all your heart and with all your soul.”  Deuteronomy 26:16. 

“Only be strong and very courageous;  be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you;  do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.  This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it;  for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”  Joshua 1:7-8.  

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