He is everywhere sovereign and everywhere merciful.
Faith not supported by good works is little more than wishful thinking.
Faith and holiness begin in the heart.
Israel was commanded to worship and serve God only.
Churches today think nothing of tapping into the forms and practices of pagan worship.
His people must not think that they can accommodate any aspect of pagan worship in their worship and service of God.
The worship of God invites the use of a sanctified imagination,
God is so great, so vast and holy and utterly incomprehensible, that to bind Him to some material form is to deny His infinite character and to impose limitations on Him and on the worship which we owe Him.
“God is a Spirit, infinite and eternal…” He is not bound by any limits beyond Himself.
“‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.’”
1 Corinthians 10.14; 1 John 5.21
God is jealous of the worship and obedience of His people, for He knows that He alone is worthy of these. He is the Lord, and beside Him there is no other. It is futile and foolish to give worship and obedience to anyone or anything besides God. Therefore God expressly forbids the making of any images for the purpose of worship, for reasons which we shall see. He alone is to be worshiped and served.
Worshiping God, bowing before Him to acknowledge His greatness and our dependence on Him, is the primary way of showing God that we love Him.
We also show our love for God by the service we render in His Name. As we carry out His commandments we perform that “reasonable service” which Paul commends in Romans 12.1, 2 and extend the love we have for God to our neighbors as well.
All our devotion and all our works service are due to God only, for His glory, for He is our Creator and Redeemer, and He alone is God. We must not allow anything other than God to receive our humble devotion or to determine what we do in our strength each day. Thus, all our lives and work are subsumed under the headings of worship and service to the living God.
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