What's Wrong with MY Worship?

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After the Israelites entered into the promised land, they had some work to do. It wasn’t just handed over to them. There were other nations occupying this land. Battle after battle they saw God’s hand helping them. Beginning with the miraculous fall of Jericho, Israel went on through the land, conquering. Once the dust was settled and the land was distributed to the tribes, something big happened.

“Now the children of Israel heard someone say, ‘Behold, the children of Reuben, the children of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh have built an altar on the frontier of the land of Canaan, in the region of the Jordan—on the children of Israel’s side.’ And when the children of Israel heard of it, the whole congregation of the children of Israel gathered together at Shiloh to go to war against them (Joshua 22:11-12).

Wait a minute. These three tribes were building an altar to the Lord. That’s okay, isn’t it? They saw God’s hand in giving them the promised land. Surely they could build an altar to God to give Him offerings. Right?

Here is why the rest of the tribes wanted to stop them:

Take heed to yourself that you do not offer your burnt offerings in every place that you see; but in the place which the Lord chooses, in one of your tribes, there you shall offer your burnt offerings, and there you shall do all that I command you (Deuteronomy 12:13-14).

Before the nations went into the promised land God gave them specific instructions on where to make sacrifices. In Joshua 18:1 we see that this place was already established in Shiloh, which was a city of Ephraim.

When you read through the rest of the chapter you see that Reuben, Gad and half the tribe of Manasseh feared that the river separating them from the rest of the nation would become a border. They feared their descendants’ relationship with God would be questioned by the rest of the Israelites. They wanted to create a matching altar as a “witness” among the tribes that were separated by the river.

The rest of Israel didn’t know this. The tribes of Israel feared that these three tribes were not going to worship God in the way that He commanded them. This is the key. God gave Israel specific instructions on how to worship Him. The same thing applies today. We can’t choose how to worship God. God’s true followers worship in “spirit and truth.” What is the truth? How can we know if we are worshiping in spirit and truth? Read through the pages of your Bible. If the days you worship God on are not in the pages of your Bible you must align yourself with God’s commands. God is not honored by convenient acts of worship. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” This is how we love God. This is how we honor Him. We can’t establish our own “altars.” We must worship God in “spirit and in TRUTH.”


  • Norbert Z

    Dust I am,

    A huge amount of those who profess Christianity use that conclusion to worship on Sunday and then turn around and teach another gospel. A gospel that would have people believe the Sabbath is no longer holy to the Lord of the Sabbath and that He instituted the first day of the week in its' place. Nevermind the problematic thing it attempts to do the resurrection.

    When a person looks at these verses from another perspective. Did Jesus ask,instruct or command the women to worship Him? NO, the two did it freely and without obligation. Scripture does not show that the whole church reacting the same way, for instance the proverbial doubting Thomas. Should all people believe there is precident from these verses that the early Church binded them to Sunday and loosed Sabbath, showing it as an example of a custom to begin worship on Sunday instead?

    In my view people can worship on any day but they should NOT teach and declare that the truth of the gospel now asks, instructs and commands people to believe Jesus has abolished the Sabbath and is now Lord of Sunday. For a person to keep Sunday, believing it is a historical Church custom that binds people as an obligation to follow, is submitting to a teaching by those who, "Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm".(1Tim 1:7)

    I conclude that the widespread worship on Sunday was inspired through the teachings of men as a custom that does more to worshop Him in vain because they never understood why the two women were allowed to worship Him on that day to begin with. Freely and without obligation they did something more than what was required of them(Lu 17:10).

  • Steven Britt


    It's always ACCEPTABLE to worship God at any time (though not in any way, per Deuteronomy 12:29-31); however, it is REQUIRED that we specifically worship at God's appointed times, such as the Sabbath (Leviticus 23:3). The problem with Sunday worship is that it wrongfully replaces God's appointed Sabbath rather than being in addition to it.

  • dust_i_am

    Matthew 28:8-9 says two women "worshiped" Jesus right after His resurrection. Verse 1 says this was "at dawn on the first day of the week". And Jesus didn't correct them for what they did.

    So can we conclude from this that worshiping Jesus is acceptable at any time, whether it's a Sabbath or not?

  • TLBauer56

    This is so true! When we build our own altars, we exalt our own ideas of how to worship God over what He has commanded us to observe. We see another example of this in Gen 4.
    Abel brought an offering of the firstlings of his flocks as an offering to God (as was commanded for a sin offering) . God accepted his offering.

    Cain, on the other hand, brought an offering from his fields. He was, after all, a farmer. It was just as good, right? But God rejected Cain's offering and further cautioned him that he was in the grip of sin.

    Any time we exalt our will over that of God's, we commit idolatry ... pure and simple!

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