Worship- It's all about Jesus
"Genesis 22:6Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son, and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. 7Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, "My father!" And he said, "Here I am, my son." And he said, "Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?" 8Abraham said, "God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." So the two of them walked on together."
Let me start by saying that I do not believe that there any insignificant details in the Bible. If something is written into this precious book it is there for a purpose. With that being said, do you know where the word "worship" is used for the very first time in the Bible? It's in Genesis 22:5. To fast track the account Abraham has been told by God to take his son, his only son to Mount Moriah and offer him as a sacrifice. In verse 5 they arrive at the mountain and Abraham tells his servants that he and his son Isaac will go on alone to worship.
Upon reaching the top of the moutain, Abraham builds the altar and proceeds to bind and place his son upon it. As he is poised to surrender the one thing that he holds most dear The Angel of the Lord stays his hand and provides a ram as a sacrifice exchanging it's life for Isaac's.
This is all a picture of the Great Sacrifice where Jesus himself exchanged His life for our freedom. Some very intersting details are found in this account. Firstly, the mount where Abraham was directed by God to travel to is the same mountain where our Savior was sacrificed. How beautiful is that? This young man is climbing up the same path carrying wood for the altar in the very same way that our Jesus carried the wooden cross for us. Stunning!
Do you remember me saying that God told Abraham to take his son, his only son to the mount? The funny thing is that Abraham had two sons- Ishamel, son of Hagar the Egyptian & Isaac, son of Sarah. Two sons but Isaac however was the promised son. When Abraham was a hundred plus years old God told him that Sarah his wife was going to give birth to a son in her old age. Isaac was promised to Abraham and Sarah the same way that our Savior Jesus Christ was promised to us in the Garden of Eden as the one who would crush the head of Satan himself.
Bible scholars use a method called the principle of fist mention, which states that whenever a word is used for the first time that there is a connection between that word and whatever setting or scene it is placed into. When "worship" is used for the very first time in the Bible it is connected to the Great Sacrifice of our Savior. Worship should always be centered around Jesus. Our songs and expressions of worship should lift up not only the name of Jesus but the perfection of Jesus' sacrifice on our behalf.
Worship- it is all about Jesus. My prayer is that the church would resound with songs that boast in the finished work of Jesus Christ, and that you in your times of worship would be conscious of Jesus only allowing His presence to wash off the dust of this earth.
May the Grace of God keep you, protect you and prosper you in all things.
With Much, MUCH Love!!