Gen 22:1-5 “And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.”
Abraham didn’t go to Mt. Moriah and say, ‘I’m going to sacrifice.’ No, he said, ‘I’m going to worship.’ They knew what he was going to do. Isaac didn’t. He said, ‘Dad, we’ve got the wood and the fire, where’s the lamb?’
Worship and sacrifice are synonymous. When we get together, we’re celebrating what God is doing. It’s a culmination of our day, our week.
What should take place in our worship?
Psa 66:3-4 “Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee. All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.”
Psa 22:29 “All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.”
If you want to be blessed and prosper, you need to worship.
Psa 95:6 “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.”
I must sacrifice what I want to be to worship the One who deserves it.
When we sing and praise in church, this is temporary worship.
Psa 96:9 “O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.”
‘Present your body a living sacrifice.’ That’s worship.
Are you living your life in the beauty of holiness? Do the things you do bring glory to God?
There are things that we do that are just part of living, dishes, laundry, etc. However, there are other parts that are either holy or wicked. Your flesh enjoys the things that are wicked and evil. So, in order to not do those things, you have to sacrifice.
Lev 10:1 “And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.”
They just wanted to worship him, but they did it the easy way, their way, not God’s way.
Lev 10:2 “And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.”
The fire came from the Lord, not the earth. People offer to God something that He does not allow. We can’t think that we’re worshipping Him if we offer strange worship to Him. At the Grammys people who sing all kinds of wickedness thank Jesus for this reward. Jesus didn’t give it to them. Their thanks is strange fire.
Are you lifting up unholy hands? Are your hands partaking in something that is not pleasing to the Lord? If you live a lifestyle that you know is sin, you can’t think that you can come and sacrifice an unclean thing before the Lord.
Cain and Able came before the Lord. Cain offered wheat and Able offered a lamb. Cain offered up to God a cursed thing (the ground was cursed because of sin) and God rejected it. Do we offer up to God something that is cursed? Can we offer it up and think that it’s acceptable to God? It’s either acceptable before the Lord or it’s not. God did not say, ‘Thou shalt not, unless…’ They weren’t suggestions, they were commandments.
God is everything that you’ve heard, everything you’ve read on a bumper sticker. He loves you. He is more loving than anyone on this planet. He has mercy from everlasting to everlasting. He has forgiveness that we cannot begin to understand. His love is without condition, but His acceptance comes with repentance. It’s when you decide that you will surrender and offer up to Him what He commands and say, ‘Yes, Lord, I will do things your way,’ that’s when you receive His acceptance.
When I come before the Lord and sacrifice (worship), what should it cost me?
When cost is mentioned, we automatically think about money. Mary’s alabaster box cost one year’s wages. In a moment, when she poured it out on Him, it was gone. She said, ‘All for You.’
Excerpted from a sermon preached by: Pastor Skip Christo