Summary of the Sermon by Senior Pastor Djohan Handojo, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 14 October 2018
WORSHIP GOD ALONE
God is the only one who is worthy to receive our worship. He is our Creator and our Saviour. Jesus Christ, who by His death on the Cross, saved us from our sins.
The book of Exodus tells us how the Israelites left slavery in Egypt by the power of God’s hands; the Saviour had chosen Israel as His possession. Led by the prophet Moses they journeyed through the wilderness to Mt Sinai to enter the land of Canaan, the Promised Land.
The Israelites experienced three different stages before they were set free from the slavery of the Egyptians:
· Bondage (Exodus chapters 1-6)
· Deliverance (Exodus chapters 7-15)
· Sanctification (Exodus chapters 16-40)
Only Jesus can set us free from all kinds of bondages. After the parting of the Red Sea, the Israelites had to experience wilderness for 40 years where they experienced the miraculous providence of God. Jehovah Jireh provided manna and water for the Israelites along the journey.
God also pronounced His rules and regulations in the Ten Commandments and promised Canaan to the Israelites if they obeyed. God gave Moses the instructions for the construction of the tabernacle so that the Israelites could understand whom they worshipped. God wanted to dwell permanently among His chosen people and teach them how to lead a holy life.
God wants our love and adoration to be to Him only, and He wanted to purify the Israelites from worshipping other gods. While Moses was with God, the Israelites made a golden calf, with Aaron’s permission, which the Israelites worshipped. Having been enslaved in Egypt for a few hundred years, they did not understand the one true God who redeemed them from slavery. The Israelites had the tolerance of worshipping many gods – Pantheism, from which they needed to be purified.
The Israelites had to go through the process of sanctification to love their LORD God with all their heart and all their soul and all their mind, so that they could receive blessings from the LORD. Obedience to God’s commandments bring blessings.
One of the psalmists in the Bible, Asaph, reminded us that there is nothing that could be compared to God.
Exodus 20:1-4 – God introduces Himself not only as a mighty God, but as a Saviour. We are to give be grateful for the things He has done every day.
And God spoke all these words:
2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
Obed Edom was a man of faith who allowed the Ark of God to be placed in his home. The ark of the LORD remained at his household for three months and the LORD blessed his household and everything he owned. Our intimacy and obedience to the LORD brings blessings. This is also where God established a legacy of generational blessings.
God does not want us to worship any image or representation of Him to be used as an object of worship, be it a celebrity, a hobby, an occupation, an addiction, or any other possession. Anything that we give our outmost energy, time and attention more than God becomes our idol.
John 4:24 “God is a spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” We need to worship the LORD wholeheartedly with our heart, and to honour Him more than any other thing. Today we do not have to travel to a specific place to know the presence of the Lord; as believers we all have the Holy Spirit within us to seek our relationship with God. The Father desire us to have a relationship with Him through adoration in worship.