Tag Archives: Worship

Hall of Fame: Abel

Hebrews 11:4 The Biblical account of Abel’s life (Genesis 4:1-8) is tantalisingly brief, and it’s unclear why his offering should have been acceptable to God while his brother Cain’s was not (it wasn’t because it was a blood sacrifice; these … Continue reading

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By the word of the Lord…

Psalm 33:1-9 Why is it “fitting” for us to praise God (verse 1)? No doubt there are many reasons; this psalm focuses on some of them. “The word of the LORD is right and true…” (verse 4) There is a … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Worship

Exodus 25-29 Israel’s first formal act of worship and thanksgiving is to donate the materials for the construction of a sanctuary – the Tabernacle. It is truly amazing that the Creator of the universe should condescend to ‘live’ in a … Continue reading

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Steam or sail?

For millennia, sea travel was dependent on the wind. Ocean currents can carry you a long way, but only very slowly; to make any real progress, sails must be hoisted to catch the breeze. A basically simple idea, yet sailing … Continue reading

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Festival time: Firstfruits

According to the Middle Eastern fertility religions, the gods had to be bribed or manipulated into giving good harvests. But the Israelites did not have to do this! Instead, at the beginning of the barley harvest they were to acknowledge the … Continue reading

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Festival time

All societies set aside specific days (usually dates of historical or religious significance) for celebration, to break the monotony of routine daily life, and Israel was to be no exception. The people were given six festivals during the course of … Continue reading

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True worship: together

For generations, right from the time when Abraham first responded to God’s call, he and his descendants had worshipped the Lord by building altars and offering sacrifices wherever it seemed to be appropriate. But once the Tabernacle and priesthood were … Continue reading

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