Sermons on 2nd Commandment
In Deuteronomy 16:1-17 Moses gives instructions about the three annual feasts in Israel’s calendar: the Feast of Unleavened Bread (associated with the Passover), the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), and the Feast of Tabernacles/Booths. All three of these feasts show that worship is communion with God, that it is based on past redemption, and that it rejoices in the blessings of salvation while looking forward to the consummation of all things in the New Heavens and New Earth. All of this…
Fasting is something that is typically not practiced much today, but Christ assumes that Christians will be fasting in Matthew 6:16-18; however, this does not mean that all fasting is acceptable to God. Christ explains that those who fast so as to gain a reputation for godliness before men will receive nothing from God, but those who fast for the sake of God’s glory will be honored by Him.
The Regulative Principle: In Deuteronomy 12:29-32 Moses continues to expound the 2nd Commandment dealing with the right way to worship God. What kind of worship does God accept? We are told that God does not accept worship by idols, but also that the worship that God does accept is that which is obedient to His commands. There are only two sources for worship practices: man and God. True worship comes from God alone. This principle of true worship being defined…