“Be my . . . priest” Judges 17.10
Judges 17 and 18 tell a strange story about a man, and later a tribe, who establish their own pattern of worship. What is odd is that they seem to have a strong desire to do this, so go to extraordinary lengths to find something they can worship, without any real sense of what they are doing or why.
It’s very easy to read such stories and find them faintly ridiculous, but perhaps they contain a lesson for all of us: true worship cannot take place outside relationship.
This is what Paul shared with the Athenians in Acts 17.23. He said, “For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship…” This discovery gave Paul a perfect excuse to proclaim to the people all about the nature of the God that he knew personally.
It can be so easy to begin to worship, either corporately in church or on our own, by launching straight into it without first entering into the relationship to which we are called. Before opening our mouths in word or song, let’s open our hearts to who we are – children of Abba Father, loved and cherished by him. Let’s focus first on the truth of this, and then begin to proclaim it.
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