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Unbiblical Worship Exemplified

Today’s reading: 2 Kings 14:1-16:20

My selection: II Kings 16:9-10

9 And the king of Assyria listened to him. The king of Assyria marched up against Damascus and took it, carrying its people captive to Kir, and he killed Rezin. 10 When King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, he saw the altar that was at Damascus. And King Ahaz sent to Uriah the priest a model of the altar, and its pattern, exact in all its details.

My reflections: Ahaz had such disregard for the law of God that he borrowed the design of the altar used in Damascus, had Uriah build a replica of it and replace the bronze altar that had stood in the Holy Place of the temple.

The regulative principle of worship says we must do all that God commands in our worship but not what God does not command. Ahaz may have found the Damascus altar more appealing or he may simply have wanted to be trendy in his worship in Jerusalem. He erred and so do we if we are not careful to observe the Scriptural norms for worship.

My challenge: To glorify God means not only to worship Him but to worship Him properly. It need not be popular or trendy but it must be biblical. Be sure you worship where being biblical is an absolute.

Tomorrow’s reading: 2 Kings 17:1-19:13

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