• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

The Order Of Worship As God Intended

“…the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.” Hebrews 8:5

The Tabernacle was ordered so that the first station of Worship, the Brazen Altar, was the place of offering sacrifices, burnt offerings for forgiveness/atonement, consecration and purification offerings, of wave offerings (Gifts, offerings held high and waved back and forth before the Lord), of heave offerings, (and offering raised up then lowered, an action of lifting with some force as with an animal sacrifice offered up to the priest as a gift to God.) The heave offering is a reference to how the offering is to be presented to God, and of offerings of first fruits, of praise, of thanksgiving, of celebration and glorification of and to God.

The second station was the Brazen Laver, the place of ceremonial cleansing and purification, a place where the water, (the Word of God) would wash away what would cling to our feet and hands as we walked in the world.

[The cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, the lust of and for other things entering in to our minds and hearts, the anxieties and concerns of the day, the stresses, burdens and brokenness of unrealized expectations in human enterprises are all washed away by the cleansing power of the Word of God. We are cleansed by the washing of the Word.]

The third station is the entrance into the Holy Place where only the priests, (those who had purified themselves for the service of ministry in the Holy Place) were allowed to enter and that only by order and division.

To the left is the Golden Lampstand with its 7 lamps burning continually. It’s the place of light, of illumination, of the oil of gladness and refreshing, of the light that reveals the provision and presence of the Lord. It is a representation of the seven spirits of God. [Revelation 4:5] It is a symbol of the spoken Word of God. The entrance of His Word brings light. [Psalm 119:130]

To the right is the Table of Shewbread, the place where we break bread, 12 loaves representing the 12 tribes of Israel.

[representing the relation of the body together with one another and with the Spirit of the Lord. It is the bread God has provided for all His people. There are 12 loaves representing the 12 tribes of Israel, symbolizing God’s provision for all and God’s communion with all His people.]

As we enter in front of us is the Altar of Incense, the place where the priest burns incense and the smoke of the incense rises as he makes intercession for himself and for the people.

[The Altar of Incense is the place where we pray the prayer of faith that saves the sick, where we call on the Lord for all the saints (praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit and watching thereunto for all the saints.]

The next station is the final place of ultimate worship. We enter into the HOLY OF HOLIES, The Most Holy Place where the Ark Of the Covenant stood. For the High Priest, it was a path around the Veil that separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies with an entrance on the side where once a year on the Day of Atonement he alone entered in to sprinkle the Ark of the Covenant and the Mercy Seat (the Top of the Ark) with the blood of a spotless lamb, to make atonement for the sins of the people. He wore a rope around his waist that extend out into the holy place, and there were bells sown intro the hem of his high priestly garment, so that if the bells ceased to ring while he was in the Holy place it would mean that had he entered into the Holy of Holies presumptively without first purifying himself and he would die, and his body would have to be pulled out from behind the veil.

[Now, we who are called to be a nation of Kings and Priests unto our God have been given a pathway into the HOLY of HOLIES, the place of God’s presence, through the veil that was rent from top to bottom when Jesus Christ was crucified.]

The wall of separation from the presence of God was torn away. The seccret place once available only through the High Priest was now open to all.

It is now through the torn Veil, that we meet God the Father at the Mercy Seat. (The Ark of the Covenant). The Ark as a symbol of things in Heaven is, for us who believe, Jesus Himself. It is His blood that purifies and it is He Himself that has once and for all time been made the sacrifice Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Jesus Christ, our High Priest who now ever lives to make intercession for us. There at His feet we bow in reverence to God the Father, and Jesus seated at His right hand and the Holy Spirit present with us at all times. And we worship Him with all our hearts. We sing, we declare His glory, His majesty, His dominion, His power, His strength and blessing unto the Most High God. Unceasing singing with all the angles, and archangels, the cherubim and seraphim falling down before Him, singing “Holy, Holy, Holy” is the Lord God Almighty Who was and Who is and Who is to come.

There, in the resplendent radiance of the presence of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, we are surrounded and immersed in the all-surpassing wonder of His glory, and by it we are transformed to be like the image of Christ Jesus, The Anointed One. In that place of is presence He speaks to our spirits and to our minds and to our hearts. With ears to hear we receive with overwhelming joy and gladness His Words of Life

Then, like the High Priest, we come out of the Holiest of Holy places passing through the Holy Place out to the outer court where we declare what we have seen and heard of God’s will and purpose for us, His people.

We then go out to the world, glowing with the fire of His presence shining in us and through us to penetrate the darkness of this world and to draw all people to the Light of His glorious presence, leading them to the place where they can be saved, and made alive in Christ, even as we are being also transformed by His Spirit by a new and living way.

So, now as Christians those saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, we come to the worship service as first to bring our gifts, tithes, and offerings, to acknowledged that God is our source in everything and the tithe is His and our offerings are expressions of the measure of our Thanksgiving for His mercy, His goodness and His grace toward us. We respond in gratitude to Him that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. It is not payback, we could never bring enough to satisfy the cost of our redemption. it is an expression of our deepest gratitude and love for the One, Who delivered us from death unto life.

We then, prayerfully, acknowledge our sins and the need for His Word to wash us, and cleanse us and make us whole again. We yield ourselves to His healing, cleansing power and by His stripes we are healed.

We go into the Holy place, we fellowship with one another we break bread together. We commune with Him and with the family of all believers. We listen to the reading of the scriptures, the singing of the psalms, we speak to one another in psalms hymns and spiritual songs, we pray for one another and for ourselves. We hear the message of the proclaimed Word (teaching, preaching) the light of His glorious Gospel, the lamp unto our feet.

Then, we enter into the presence of the Lord with a higher dimension of expectation and hope. We listen for His voice to speak to our hearts individually. We meditate on the Word we have heard and we commit ourselves to be hearers and doers of the Word.

Then, we worship together, singing the songs of faith, of hope and adoration of God thanking Him for His provision and love toward us. Transformed by His Spirit, our countenances are made radiant with the glow of His presence in us, and shining out through us to the world, we go into the world as His ambassadors proclaiming the Gospel and making disciples of all people.

And our worship never ceases. In everything we do and say we are to give glory to God.

We are called to bless the Lord at all times and let His praise be continually in our mouths.

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." Colossians 3:16-17



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