Let Us Restore Worship by Remembering God's Covenant 29th January, 2017 - Shiloh Sunday Service - Evg. Jabez Park

Genesis 3:15

15 And I will put enmity

Between you and the woman,

And between your seed and her seed;

He shall bruise you on the head,

And you shall bruise him on the heel.”

Genesis 4:25-26

25 Adam had relations with his wife again; and she gave birth to a son, and named him Seth, for, she said, “God has appointed me another offspring in place of Abel, for Cain killed him.” 26 To Seth, to him also a son was born; and he called his name Enosh. Then men began to call upon the name of the Lord.

How is worship restored?

1. We must restore our bodies (Rom 12:1-2).

Spiritual worship is when we present our bodies as a living and holy sacrifice. When we transform our minds, we renew our bodies. We must also not be conformed of this world (James 4:4). Loving the things of the world makes our bodies not presentable before God. Worshiping with our bodies signifies that we are worship something that is truly real. Thus when we worship, we must put our entire bodies to worship. Are we presenting our bodies before God by renewing our mind and living out our faith? Our bodies are waiting to be restored (Rom 8:23; 1 Cor 15). We must restore our bodies by renewing our minds with the Word of God.

2. We must remember the covenant.

We must remember the days of old (Deut 32:7) by studying the genealogies of redemptive history. Redemptive history shows the process of creationfallrestoration. The driving force of this process is God’s covenant that gives eternal life. The first covenant that God gave manfor redemption is the covenant of the woman’s Seed, and Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of that covenant. God was speaking to the serpent when He gave this covenant (Gen 3:14). God is cursing the serpent while giving us mercy. God’s discipline shows His love and mercy (Jer 31:18). When we remember the covenant, we must remember that the point of God’s judgment is to bring us to repentance. Our trials and tribulations are God’s way of disciplining us to bring us back to Him (Heb 12:4-11). Therefore, God’s punishment of removing Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden is actually His mercy, so that they wouldn’t live eternally in their sinful state. Instead, He gave them the promise of the woman’s Seed to give them another chance (2 Tim 3:16-17). Jesus is the fulfillment of the woman’s Seed (Matt 1:16, 20; Luke 8:11; Gal 3:16). Jesus, the Seed, and the Word are all interconnected. Jesus is the groom and the church is His bride (Eph 5:31-32). The church is described as the bride (Rev 21:2) and the mother (Gal 4:26). In essence, the church is a woman. Therefore, the woman’s Seed is fulfilled through the church and through the message of Jesus Christ that is proclaimed in the church. We must remember the covenant of the woman’s Seed because we are the product of the Seed, and we must raise the next generations as the spiritual woman’s Seed that will grow up in the body of the church. We must honor parents (Eph 6:1-3). We must also honor our spiritual Father and His bride the church through proper worship.

3. We must call upon the name of the Lord(Gen 4:25-26).

Cain murdered Abel because God only recognized Abel’s offering. Thus Abel was the true successor of faith, not Cain. Adam saw that through his sin, death and murder came to the world. But hope came again in the next son, Seth (“substitute, another, appointed”). Adam’s renewed mind of faith and repentance is seen through Seth (Gen 5:3), and then Seth begot Enosh. “Enosh” means “weakness, frailty, sickness.” Seth gave his son such a name because he realized the hopelessness of man without God (Jer 15:18-19). In Enosh’s time, men began to call upon the name of the Lord because they are searching for God. They want to be restored from their helpless state. “Call upon” in Hebrew is qara, which means “to cry out” and “proclaim.” Genesis 4:26 in the New Living Translation states that men began to “worship” the Lord by name. Therefore, with Seth’s spiritual education and his confession through naming his son, formal worship began, not just in crying out to God but by proclaiming of God. One must hear and receive the Word in order to proclaim it (Rom 11:17). This shows that God first called out to the people, “return to Me,” and they responded that they will return. Therefore, calling upon God’s name is worshipping God. Calling upon God’s name saves (Acts 2:21).

Conclusion

Jesus describes true worship as worshipping in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24). Spirit and truth is Jesus (John 14:6; 6:63), so we must worship Jesus. The Word is the Seed (Luke 8:11) and the promise of the woman’s Seed is that the Word will come to us. To be born of God means to not practice sin, for the Seed abides in us (1 John 3:9-11). When the Seed abides in us, our minds and bodies will be restored (1 Cor 15), and with this perfect body, we can be transfigured. Let us remember God’s covenant and hold onto Jesus Christ so that we can restore worship and be victorious in faith.

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