Exodus 19:14 So Moses went down to the people. He consecrated them for worship, and they washed their clothes.
In Exodus, the Israelites were instructed to set themselves apart from sin and their daily routines in order to dedicate themselves to God. They were to prepare themselves for worship not just wake up and show up. They were commanded to keep the Sabbath day and keep it holy. How often do we allow people or possessions to become gods in our life? Giving God control of our lives can prevent this from happening.
God also gave Moses direction on how to spend the Sabbath and how to conduct worship. He gave detailed rituals in how to offer the sacrifices and a standardized form of worship to prevent problems that arise when people create their own worship practices.
People who complain about church often use the ritualistic nature of worship and the exclusivity shared by its members as excuses. However, we see from God’s early design of worship why rituals are important and how Christians should be set apart from the world. We may live in this world, but it isn’t our home. We need a weekly reminder of whose we are and why we are here.
Last week, Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz, wrote two blogs about why he does not attend church regularly. He may have graduated from church, but most of us need a place to go to feel connected to God and other believers. We need a place where we can serve and be useful, a place to renew our commitment and refresh our souls.
My reading schedule this week:
February 12 Exodus 39-40
February 13 Leviticus 1-4
February 14 Leviticus 5-7
February 15 Leviticus 8-10
February 16 Leviticus 11-13
February 17 Leviticus 14-15
February 18 Leviticus 16-18
NOTE: I am following the Chronological Timeline from ewordtoday.com