Ready to Worship Season 6, Episode 11 for Friday, November 10, 2017
This season on Ready to Worship, we are examining the God is and the God is not statements of the Bible. In this installment of our study, we want to notice that God is not a man (Num. 23:19). I am convinced that many of the errors in worship stem from men viewing God as a man.
This season on Ready to Worship, we are examining the God is and the God is not statements of the Bible. In this installment of our study, we want to notice that God is not a man.
In the book of Numbers, Moses declared, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Num. 23:19). I suppose it seems rather obvious that God is not a man. After all, Jesus plainly told the Samaritan woman that God is s Spirit(John 4:24). Perhaps, some might think that this matter needs no discussion. However, I disagree. I think that many of the current innovations and trends common among men reveal otherwise. Those behind these inventions are acting as if God is a man. They assume that what they like as men, God will like. However, this is not the case. Through Isaiah God declared, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:8-9). Just because men are pleased, doesn’t mean that God will be. Offering what pleases us as men is will worship. It isn’t true worship. To the saints at Colosse, Paul wrote, “Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh” (Col. 2:23). The wisdom that is shown in this type of worship is human, not divine. These worshippers appear humble, but they are proud. They appear to be denying themselves, but they are really indulging themselves because they are doing what they want to do. It is their will, and not God’s will, that is behind their worship.
As we get ready to worship this week, let’s remember that God is not a man. We must not plan our worship by what pleases us or other me. We must plan our worship by what pleases God.
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