Preparing for Worship // May 20, 2018

Preparing for Worship // May 20, 2018

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Our Scripture passage this Sunday covers a whopping two chapters. On top of that, there are a fair number of things in the text that are confusing for modern-day readers, especially in the first half of chapter 22. Deuteronomy 22:1-12 is a series of laws with no apparent relation to one another. So instead of the normal worship blog, I thought I would use this week’s post to explain some of the interesting and difficult to understand elements of these verses.

Deuteronomy 22:5 – This commandment prohibits cross-dressing. The word translated “garment” often has a broader meaning of “instrument.” The point here is that men and women carry on different roles in the household, and we should not act in a way that is contrary to those roles.

Deuteronomy 22:6-7 – What would be so bad about taking a mother bird and her eggs for dinner? This commandment points us to God’s commandment for humanity to “have dominion” over His creatures (Genesis 1:28). This means taking care of the world around us and not using the resources God gives us in an irresponsible way.

Deuteronomy 22:8 – In Old Testament times, people built their houses with flat roofs and used their roofs for sleeping, doing chores, etc. God commands his people to build a wall around the roof in order to protect the lives of anyone who goes up on it.

Deuteronomy 22:9-11 – These laws against mixing plants, farm animals, and fabric is meant as a reminder that the Israelites were to be distinct from the nations. If they mix with the sinful nations around them, God knows that they will become sinful as well.

Deuteronomy 22:12 – Numbers 15:37-41 gives this same law along with the reasoning: “for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the LORD commanded to Moses.” Just as we might carry a cross necklace or write memory verses on a notecard, the Israelites were commanded to sow tassels into their garments to remind them of God’s laws.

What’s the point of all these different laws? God cares about how we live, even in the little things. There is no aspect of our lives that is not lived in His presence. You can please God by the way you faithfully live out your role as a mother and wife. You can please God by throwing away your trash and recycling. He is pleased by anything we do in accordance with His law and in pursuit of His glory.

THE WORD

Scripture: Deuteronomy 21-22
Sermon: The Purge

SONGS

O Love Incomprehensible (Indelible Grace)
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Nothing But the Blood of Jesus (Traditional)
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Lord I Need You  (Matt Maher)
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Song of Preparation: O Come to the Altar (Elevation Worship)
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Song for the Supper: Come Boldly to the Throne of Grace (Red Mountain Music)
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Song of Response: Jesus I Come  (Indelible Grace)
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