Exodus 22: A Worship Lifestyle
Exodus chapter 22 might feel kind of feel like a long list of rules with the appropriate punishments following. While that is somewhat true in the most literal sense, one of these particular rules stood out to me.
Exo 22:20 He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the LORD only, he shall be utterly destroyed.
Obviously, God does not have very much time for anyone who doesn’t worship Him. The threat of destruction is pretty strong, but this is a pretty important rule given that a slight variation on what we heard from the Ten Commandments.
Exo 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Exo 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
Exo 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
Exo 20:6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
While the wording is a little bit different, the underlying message is really the same. Like verse five illustrates, God does not want to share our worship with anyone. Really, He shouldn’t have to. After all, the Creator of the universe ought to be worshipped by the universe and that He created.
Luk 19:37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
Luk 19:38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
Luk 19:39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
Luk 19:40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
All of creation ought to worship God. When we turn our minds towards something else, we are actually settling for less. Ultimately, when we’re in heaven some day, we will be praising and worshiping all the time. While we can’t replicate that experience here on earth, we can try to bring it closer. We can try to build this type of intense and dedicated worship into our lives because God deserves all of it.