People have been worshipping God in their own ways for a very long time. It’s time to repent and worship in spirit and truth. Aaron declared “a feast for Yahweh” when he fashioned a golden calf to worship around.
Exo 32:5 And Aaron saw, and he built an altar before it, and Aaron called, and he said, “A feast for Yahweh tomorrow.”
Exo 32:6 And they started early the next day, and they offered burnt offerings, and they presented fellowship offerings, and the people sat to eat and drink, and they rose up to revel.
Exo 32:7 And Yahweh spoke to Moses, “Go, go down because your people behave corruptly, whom you brought up from the land of Egypt.
Exo 32:8 They have turned aside quickly from the way that I commanded them; they have made for themselves a cast-image bull calf, and they bowed to it, and they sacrificed to it, and they said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.'”
Exo 32:9 And Yahweh said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and, indeed, they are a stiff-necked people.
Exo 32:10 And now leave me alone so that my anger may blaze against them, and let me destroy them, and I will make you into a great nation.”
Jeroboam, the person Yahweh put in charge of the ten tribes of the Northern kingdom of Israel, made a serious error in judgement creating his own feast day.
1Ki 12:26 Then Jeroboam said to himself, “Now the kingdom will return to the house of David
1Ki 12:27 if this people go up to offer sacrifices in the house of Yahweh in Jerusalem. The heart of this people will return to their master Rehoboam the king of Judah, and they shall kill me and return to him.”
1Ki 12:28 And the king had decided, so he made two golden calves and he said to them, “You have been going up to Jerusalem long enough; here are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.”
1Ki 12:29 He put one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan.
1Ki 12:30 This thing became a sin, and the people walked before the one as far as Dan.
1Ki 12:31 Then he built the houses on the high places, and he appointed priests from all walks of life who were not from the sons of Levi.
1Ki 12:32 Jeroboam also inaugurated a religious feast in the eighth month on the fifteenth day of the month, like the religious feast which was in Judah, and he offered sacrifices on the altar. Thus he did in Bethel, by sacrificing to the calves that he had made; and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.
1Ki 12:33 He offered sacrifices on the altar which he had made in Bethel on the fifteenth day of the eighth month which his heart had devised. He inaugurated a religious feast for the Israelites, and he went up to the altar to offer incense.
1Ki 13:1 Suddenly a man of God from Judah came to Bethel, by the word of Yahweh, while Jeroboam was standing at the altar to offer incense.
1Ki 13:2 Then he proclaimed against the altar by the word of Yahweh and said, “O altar, altar, thus says Yahweh: ‘Look, a son will be born to the house of David, Josiah by name, and he shall sacrifice on you the priests of the high places who burn incense on you, and human bones shall burn on you.'”
1Ki 13:3 He gave a sign on that day, saying, “This is the sign that Yahweh has predetermined: Look, this altar will be torn apart, and the ashes that are on it will be poured out.”
Jesus had these words for the woman with the five husbands from Samaria, part of the Northern kingdom. This is imagery of the whoring that the house of Israel had done continually with Baal and Ashtoreth.
Joh 4:22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
Joh 4:23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.
Joh 4:24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Mal 4:1 “For look! The day is about to come, burning like an oven, and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble. The coming day will consume them,” says Yahweh of hosts. “It will not leave behind for them root or branch.
Mal 4:2 But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise, with healing in its wings, and you will go out and leap like fattened calves.
Mal 4:3 You will trample down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I am going to act,” says Yahweh of hosts.
Mal 4:4 “Remember the instruction of my servant Moses, which I commanded him at Horeb to all Israel, the rules and regulations.
Mal 4:5 Look! I am going to send to you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and awesome day of Yahweh!
Mal 4:6 And he will bring back the hearts of the fathers to the sons, and the hearts of the sons to their fathers, so that I will not come and strike the land with a ban.”
The featured image is by Sean Nyatsine on Unsplash.
Previous blog posts:
Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters whenContinue reading “Keep the Commandments”
I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. John 5:43 There are proper names in the Bible that were invented through transliteration and words evolving between different languages. This is just a short list of names and words thatContinue reading “Made up Names and Marks”
Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matthew 7:13-14 There is a key thatContinue reading “Unlock a Door to a Different Path”
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 How will people react when alien life is discovered? This is the question NASA has hired theologians from differentContinue reading “Aliens in the Bible?”
Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when aContinue reading “Life Decisions and Dumb Stories”
You must not listen to the words of that prophet or to that dreamer, for Yahweh your God is testing you to know whether you love Yahweh your God with all of your heart and with all of your inner self. Deuteronomy 13:3 The creator of the universe told His people He would send prophetsContinue reading “It’s an Open Book Test!!”
“The Spirit of the Lord Yahweh is upon me, because Yahweh has anointed me, he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim release to the captives and liberation to those who are bound, to proclaim the year of Yahweh’s favor, and our God’s day ofContinue reading “Freedom in Messiah”
John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne Revelation 1:4 I quote Revelation chapters two and three in my blog posts frequently because these letters say someContinue reading “An Open Letter to the Church: From John”
Did you ever wonder when Jesus was really born? Most people know Jesus was not born in December, but the Gospel of Luke gives us all the information we need to calculate the month that the Messiah was actually born.
Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, andContinue reading “Outraging the Spirit of Grace”
For if God did not spare sinning angels, but thrust them down into Tartarus, and delivered them into chains of darkness, being reserved to judgment. Second Peter 2:4 Who are these sinning angels that Peter is talking about? Tartarus sounds like something from Greek mythology. It is actually the abyss where the Titans are chainedContinue reading “Learn What This Means: Giants and Angels”
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitableContinue reading “Go Ahead Paul, Make My Day”