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2 Chronicles 11.13-16 – The Worship of God.
Posted: 1 September 2012 in 2 Chronicles

And the priests and the Levites that were in all Israel resorted to him [Rehoboam] out of all their coasts. For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest’s office unto the Lord: And he ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils, and for the calves which he had made. And after them out of all the tribes of Israel such as set their hearts to seek the Lord God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice unto the Lord God of their fathers.

This is another passage where it is said, in no uncertain terms, that God can only be rightly worshipped in the manner he appoints. Not only had Jeroboam set up idolatrous images in Dan and Bethel, in clear contravention of the second commandment, but he had expelled the Levites and priests whom God had specified to Moses as alone being those who were to serve him in the Tabernacle and Temple. Not only that, but he had taken it upon himself to establish a priesthood of his own, and completely without divine authority. The writer does not mince his words when he describes as a place of devils the sanctuaries which Jeroboam, in his presumption, had established.

So what does that mean for us, almost three millenia later? As I said a couple of days ago, it seems to me that the New Testament does not contain overly much by way of stipulation regarding public worship; certainly not in comparison to the Old Testament. Nevertheless, it probably is still incumbent upon us to search the New Testament for indications of what God requires of us.

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