LET YOUR LIFE BECOME WORSHIP, 07.02.19
Tree of Life (TLV) Translation of the Bible. Copyright © 2015 by The Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society.
“Balashon – Hebrew Language Detective,” http://www.balashon.com/2006/04/matza.html
https://www.easyenglish.bible/bible-commentary/john-ma-lbw.htm , “John Tells The Good News About Jesus”
https://youtu.be/AzpRD7QWpss Published on Jan 1, 2016
Jason Upton live – ” You Are Home To Me” – MorningStar New Year 12.31.15 evening
LYRICS, “YOU ARE HOME TO ME,” Jason Upton, https://www.musixmatch.com/lyrics/Jason-Upton/Home-to-Me
Jason Upton, Lyrics, “Song of Jesus,” (ref. In Prayer Corner); https://www.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/jason_upton-the_song_of_jesus
How do we worship Yeshua/Jesus? What did Yeshua/Jesus have to say about worship?
Yeshua/Jesus actually said very little about worship. One of the statements He did make was that: “an hour is coming—it is here now—when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people as His worshipers. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth”(John 4:23,24). So what does this mean exactly?
Taken from http://www.easyenglish.info/bible-commentary/john-ma-lbw.htm, Marion Adams, “Jesus said that God was looking for people to *worship him. But he wanted them to *worship him sincerely. We can *worship God anywhere. He is *Spirit. This means that he is everywhere. It does not matter where we *worship him. But God sees inside our minds and our hearts. He knows if we are *worshipping him with our spirits as well as with our bodies. He knows why we are *worshipping him. Some people *worship God for the wrong reasons. Perhaps they just want him to do something for them. Or perhaps they *worship him because it is their duty. But they do not really want to *worship him. But God wants people to *worship him because of who he is. The *Holy Spirit helps us to *worship God like this. So we need to ask for the *Holy Spirit’s help.” In truth means exactly that, truthfully, from the heart, not superficially, just with words, with the mouth or whatever part of the body. If it is not done truthfully, sincerely, heart-felt, in love for Him, it does not count for anything. It’s just as when the Lord told the Israelites He didn’t want their offerings because they were being given with wrong motives, and not from the heart: “For I delight in loyalty and not sacrifice, knowledge of God more than burnt offerings”(Hos.6:6).
11 “For what is it to Me—the multitude of your sacrifices?”
“I am full of burnt offerings of rams
and fat of fed animals.
I have no delight in the blood of bulls,
or of lambs or he-goats.
12 When you come to appear before Me,
who has required this at your hand—
trampling My courts?
13 Bring no more worthless offerings!
Incense is an abomination to Me.
New Moon and Shabbat, the calling of convocations
—I cannot endure it—
iniquity with solemn assembly.
14 Your New Moons and your Festivals
My soul hates!
They are a burden to Me.
I am weary to bear them.
15 When you spread out your hands,
I will hide My eyes from you.
When you multiply prayers,
I will not hear.
Your hands are full of blood!”
The God of the OT is the same as the God of the NT; same deal; nothing has changed.
Whereas, for some people, the relationship consists mainly of asking for things, Christ Jesus/Yeshua Ha-Mashiach points out that He and the Father yearn for closeness, intimacy in relationship, and for His people to have a passion to know Him, to delight in Him, to want to spend time with Him. Just “hanging out” with Him is probably a most desirable form of worship, correlative with sincerity (refer previous paragraph). After all, when we idolize other people or even things – what do we do? We try to get close to them; we attempt to identify ourselves with them; we spend TIME with them.
When Yeshua/Jesus instructed His disciples in John 15:4-5, to “Abide in Me, and I will abide in you. The branch cannot itself produce fruit, unless it abides on the vine. Likewise, you cannot produce fruit unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for apart from Me, you can do nothing,” indicates that there is an outcome – the fruit – which honours Him, and is thereby an act of worship. Integral to this union is trust, obedience, and the desire to follow Him, be with Him – all expressions of worship. “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, [if you abide in Him and His Words abide in you, this is an expression of intimacy] you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples” (v.7-8). When we follow, we attain special, privileged status as disciples; we bear fruit; through fruit-bearing we glorify Him – this all becomes part of worship. Many claim and declare the privileges and the blessings, while neglecting the conditions (notice the little word “if” has huge implications).
Communion is also an act of worship. It is a sincere expression of our trust, reverence, and intimacy, a special relationship with Him. “Now while they were eating, Yeshua took matzah; (Hebraic translation: “”free from admixture” – in the case of matza, free of leaven””, http://www.balashon.com/2006/04/matza.html. Yeshua did not eat “Bread” at Passover, as it is translated by Anglo saxon translators. He would have eaten only unleavened bread – Matzah – just as all the other Jews, at Passover) and after He offered the bracha, He broke and gave to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” And He took a cup; and after giving thanks, He gave to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the removal of sins. But I say to you, I will never drink of this fruit of the vine from now on, until that day when I drink it anew with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
After singing the Hallel, they went out to the Mount of Olives”(Matt.26:26-30). Only by the power of the Spirit can one partake of this symbolism and experience any impact or meaningfulness; they were worshipping in “spirit and in truth” as they partook of the matzah and the wine at that Passover meal. Would this not depict a model for worship?
“Yeshua entered a certain village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. She had a sister called Miriam, who was seated at the Master’s feet, listening to His teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving; so she approached Yeshua and said, “Master, doesn’t it concern you that my sister has left me to serve alone? Then tell her to help me!” But answering her, the Lord said, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and bothered about many things; but only one thing is necessary. For Miriam has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her” (Lk.10:38-42). Nothing could demonstrate Yeshua’s priorities regarding what He values most from us in relation to Him, more clearly than this set of passages: He scolds Martha for fussing and fretting about trivial things, while He applauds/validates Miriam/Mary “who was seated at the Master’s feet, listening to His teaching.” What more needs to be said? Miriam/Mary at Yeshua’s feet is a picture of the heart that delights in knowing Him, honouring Him: “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Yeshua the Messiah, the One You sent” (John 17:3, Yeshua’s prayer in the Garden before His crucifixion; this is His heart’s desire); and this concurs with: “let one who boasts boast in this: that he understands and knows Me. For I am Adonai who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth. For in these things I delight.” It is a declaration of Adonai”” (Jer.9:23). There is no variance between what the Father wants/desires/values (in relationship), and what Yeshua/Jesus Christ/Son of God values and wants. Everything comes full circle, from Old Covenant to New, for just as Yeshua says in John 10: “I and the Father are one,” (v.30), and “understand that the Father is in Me, and I am in the Father” (v.38).
We see a similar scenario again, when Mary (Miriam, in Hebrew) at the dinner in Bethany, where her brother Lazarus, who had been raised from death, anointed Jesus’/Yeshua’s feet with very expensive perfume oil: “Then Miriam took a pound of very expensive oil of pure nard and anointed Yeshua’s feet, and she wiped His feet dry with her hair. Now the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil” (John 12:3). Yeshua/Jesus acknowledged her action as being a positive gesture, while Judas admonished her for the waste of expensive oil. To Yeshua, however, the expression of worship was valid, more significant than any waste; and thus He commended her. He acknowledged the act of worship, which tells us that what we do, when we do it “in spirit and in truth,” with sincerity, from the heart, becomes a significant act of worship.
Understanding worship may be a study in itself. Our lives can become a form of worship when we incorporate Him in everything we do. When we see His Presence in everything we do, we are entering into a form of worship. Exemplary of someone gifted in the art of spontaneous worship is Jason Upton, a creative song-writer/singer/poet/writer/artist/minister/worship leader. Studying his music, lyrics, and teachings has been most helpful to me
It may be helpful to make reference to his personal description of his experience and understanding of worship. I highly recommend a study of his material, as it will lead you into levels of worship not previously experienced.
Our goal should be to incorporate Yeshua/Jesus in all we do, and make our lives become a form of worship. In our sincere longing to be like Him, to be with Him, to know Him, to follow Him, we find our ultimate expression of true worship. The comfort, familiarity, intimacy, and true longing to do so is what will raise our lives to a higher level of worship, as expressed in the lyrics of Jason Upton’s song, “You Are Home To Me” (https://youtu.be/AzpRD7QWpss). It is when He becomes so real to us, such a part of our daily lives, we are so at home with Him, our lives become a form of worship.
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