LEVITICUS 16:3-6.. 3 Aaron shall enter the holy place with this: with a bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. 4 …he shall bathe his body in water and put [the holy garments] on. 5 He shall take from the congregation of the sons of Israel two male goats for a sin offering and one ram for a burnt offering. 6 Then Aaron shall offer the bull for the sin offering which is for himself, that he may make atonement A for himself and for his household.
On the tenth day of the seventh month of the Jewish calendar [September–October in today’s calendar] the high priest was allowed to enter the Holy of Holies within the veil to make sacrifices for the sins of the people [see Leviticus16:16-28].
The first step on the Day of Atonement was very detailed preparation. Aaron was to enter the tabernacle with all the animals required for the ceremony [vv.3,5]. Then he bathed and carefully dressed himself [v.4]. He then offered a sin offering for himself to make atonement A for himself and his household [v.6].
Like Aaron, we should diligently prepare ourselves for the worship of God. We don’t often connect the words preparation and worship. We gather for worship unprepared, hoping a miracle will happen that is spiritual and powerful. Prayer, repentance, and submission to God’s purposes are not just outcomes of worship; they are the very things we must do in order to prepare for worship.
Are we content to be passive observers—waiting to be entertained—instead of being active participants in a worship experience. What if we began Monday preparing for the 3 worship services of the week in our morning devotions and evening wrap up with Jesus? We could pray for the services, the staff, and the people that need to be present and for ourselves. We could use the HEAR B method of Bible Study and Prayer; meditation on scripture, application, prayers and confessions–asking God to prepare our hearts. We would be serious about preparation and worship at the service so that we come with humble repentant hearts.
The more we prepare ourselves daily with worship, the more we will receive from worship at church.
Henry Luke 11/22/2017
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