Fear of the Lord (Part Two)
Worship and Service.
Ps 5:7 But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
There are many churches today have become more like of an entertainment center or a club and the above scripture is totally strange. At the presence of Gods name there is a dreadful fear in the church, this is a fear of his glory and to his name. We are not even worthy to attend church to worship and serve as we deserve only his wrath. However we come to church not in our righteousness but in Christ work, his righteousness, in his mercy, grace and love. As a result we should have a tremendous reverence and a godly fear to God Almighty in worship and service. Now we can worship the Lord in gladness and with trembling.
Ps Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
2Co 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
If we serve our employees with reverence and fear and a slave serves a princes with fear how much more we who are created by God should worship and serve him with fear. When we are gathered in the name of Jesus he is among us.
Re And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
Re And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
Seven golden candlesticks are the churches. There is Jesus in the midst of them. When John the apostle saw the heavenly Jesus he fell at his feet as dead. We hear lies today of certain people saw Jesus and had a talk with them and gave a new revelation. When you test them from scripture this is a lie from the devil.
We need to worship and serve God in accordance to his word not in a worldly manner. God executed judgment upon men who did not worship and serve him as per his word and who did not have fear for God.
Nadab and Abihu were burned to death with fire from heaven.
Le 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.
2 And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.
3 Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace.
They took a common fire not from the burnt offering as per Leviticus chapter 9 where the fire comes from heaven and consume the offering. They sinned with fire and they were burned to death with fire. Nadab and Abihu were Aaron the high priests sons. They heard the word from their father but were hypocrites.
Eli another high priest their sons (Hophni and Phinehas )too died before the Lord as they too had no fear before God. God brought judgment to the house of Eli.
1Sa 2:12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.
By force they demanded men to give them sacrifice meat. (Read Lev 2:12-17)
1Sa 2:34 And this shall be a sign unto thee, that shall come upon thy two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas; in one day they shall die both of them.
1Sa 4:11 And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain.
God killed Uzza because he did not follow Gods instructions.
1Ch 13:7 And they carried the ark of God in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab: and Uzza and Ahio drave the cart.
8 And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.
9 And when they came unto the threshingfloor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled.
10 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God.
Chapter 15:15 (The correct way)
15 And the children of the Levites bare the ark of God upon their shoulders with the staves thereon, as Moses commanded according to the word of the LORD.
Ananias and Sapphira lied to the church and God killed them in front of everyone and there was great fear in the church.
Ac 5:11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.
Without the fear of the Lord there is no purity in the church. Next to Gods nature and name, his service, his instituted worship, is the most dreadful thing under heaven. When it came to food, there were some greedy people in the Corinthian church. The Lords Supper was a meal not just crackers and wine. These people would not think of others, they are so selfish they will think of themselves and without thinking of others or waiting for them they will grab the food first.
1Co 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
1Co 11:33 Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.
God rebukes three kinds of people in worship.
1. Ps 79:6 Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known thee, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy name.
These are the people who do not care for God. They would rather watch the football game on Sunday or have fun with friends. They are the unbelievers who have no fear or honor to his Majesty.
2. Some come to church worship God with the wrong heart and the wrong spirit. Some come to worship God and they sleep during the sermon. But if it was an entertainment they will not even blink their eyes. Some come to worship God so they can meet their friends. They go to church because there are good looking guys and girls or with the primary motive of chit chatting with their friends. Some come to church to show their beauty and their dresses. Oh! What a sad account these worshippers give, they do not come to church to worship God and to fear of his name. They will not escape the punishment of God.
3. There are others who come to worship him but they have no fear to God but
Have fear toward men as they follow mans rules but not God. They follow traditions of men and fear these traditions and not God. They are hypocrites and stinks in the nostril of God.
Isa 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.
In close, God is infinitely above us and infinitely just and holy, therefore we ought to fear him and tremble before him as he is our Creator, Lord, Master and Savior those who have no fear of the Lord he will be their Judge and not the Savior. The whole duty of man is to glorify him. There are many who come to worship God but how many wants to serve him? Worship and service of God cannot be separated. The true Christians will worship and serve God. Many are called but a few are chosen. The chosen ones the elect will hear the sermon and will obey his voice. They will have a godly worship and godly conversation with a holy fear.