Exodus 20:22-26 Worship and man

22 And the Lord said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.

23 Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.

24 An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.

25 And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.

26 Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.

God knows us too well because, well He created us. He knows our thinking patterns, our tendency for laziness, and our need to be “connected” with something bigger than ourselves. A need to find purpose and meaning in this life.

In this case, He has to give Israel guidance as to Who He is and just how to approach Him in worship.

First He reminds them of just Who they are dealing with:

They had seen how God had delivered them in a miraculous way. They had seen Him come down onto the mountain and had heard His voice. They were so terrified that they were afraid to go near where He was.

We are the same as Israel.

How often have we stated:

I will join that group, Church, ministry as soon as I get back on track with the Lord

Then we never join because we get stuck in a cycle of ” I’ll never be good enough!” and we forget that He is only as far away from us as where we left Him.

He is telling Israel, “I AM the God of the universe! I AM here, I AM speaking to you from heaven!”

After reminding them Who He is; now He lets them know just how to interact with Him.

23 Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.

The Lord had just given them His Word on not creating graven images yet it seems that a reminder is needed because He knew mans thinking. Many had readily taken up with the kind of worship they had seen and experienced in Egypt. Especially in light of the golden calf incident that is coming up.

These gods of silver and gold never speak. They don’t perform miracles for you because they are not real.

They also needed to learn how to worship.

24 An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.

25 And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.

26 Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.

God knows mans’ tendencies to want more knowledge, deeper spirituality, or power over others.

When one mixes these tendencies with esoteric religious systems man gains control over the spiritual, mental, and sexual parts of a person no matter how godly it might sound.

It makes you wonder if, in our day, we have been guilty of polluting our worship by adding songs or music from the world but changing the words.

In the same way the occult or Mystery religions changed their words to sound more Christian but their “Lord” is not the same. Their “Christ” is not the real Christ.

Have we allowed occult influences to be intermingled with our worship of and walk with the Lord?

If Israel had built the altar correctly and followed how God wanted in sacrifice and worship then wherever He had recorded His Name He would come and bless His people.

Yet He wanted them to follow His prescribed way without adding anything.

God does not change. His wants are the same today. He wants to come and bless us today through Jesus Christ, our Savior, as we follow only Him and as we walk with Him

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About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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