The True Worshipers
- Requirement Synonyms: Demand, Necessary, Essential, Prerequisite, Necessity, Requisite, and Need
- Requires Synonyms: Beseech, Charge, Entreat, Implore, Obligate, Order, Command, and Supplicate
- Required Synonyms: Mandatory, Requisite, Needful, Compulsory, Needed, and Required
613 Mitzvot Requirements and the other requirement to be driveled out of these 613 from the Mishneh Torah were directed for specific how to instructions: How to worship – How the worship building was to be built – When not work – etc. Everything pertaining to the worship of God was specifically directed to the last minute detail of what the people were to do before, during and after. The worship was completely orchestrated by God as to what was to take place, where it was to take place, and when it was to take place.
Question: Why is it the nowhere in the New Testament are there any such requirements found for how to worship like there are in the Old Testament? Surely God still holds worship of Himself to be just as important!
One Possible Answer: Perhaps the very words of Jesus tells us why there are no longer any such direct and specific minute detailed requirements directed for our worship of God anymore.
Basic Study Text
John 4:1-26 (ESV)
“Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. And he had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that tin Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”
Colossians 2:13-14 (ESV)
“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.”
Romans 12:1-2 (ESV)
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Question: What Did Jesus Direct?
Jesus Gave Three Basic Universal Directions: Really Only One!
Matthew 18:21-22 (ESV)
“Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.
Luke 22:19-20 (ESV)
“And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”
John 15:12 (ESV)
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
Lets Take A Look At These Three Directions Of Jesus:
1. Seventy Times Seven:
- Did Jesus mean 490 times for one infraction committed or 490 different infractions?
- Does this not that mean we forgive a person just 490 times and then we don’t have to forgive them any longer?
- Jesus is making an illustration to show that a person should forgive as often as asked.
2. Do This In Remembrance Of Me:
- This is not a command for any specific set time period.
- Jesus is not setting up a new ritual as was required under the Old Law.
- Jesus is requesting a heart felt remembrance of His memorial whenever a person remembers Him.
3. Love One Another:
- This appears to be the key to the whole ministry of Jesus life while on earth.
- Jesus summed it up when He made this statement:
“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (ESV)
4. What Do All Three Basic Universal Directions Have In Common?
- Forgiveness is a principle act of love. Maybe this is the foundation act of true love. To see this principle clearly all one has to do is look at Luke 15.
Luke 15:11-24 (ESV)
“And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything. “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.”
- The principle act of a heart felt remembrance of Jesus during the Lord’s Supper memorial is a reminder of the greatest act of love.
John 15:13-14a (ESV)
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends…”
- The actual command to love and reason Jesus states for giving the command.
John 13:34-35 (ESV)
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
5. What Love Does Not Look Like In The New Testament?
The principle act of love requires no prerequisite’s before a Christian should extend such to another human being. If other services are deemed appropriate they can and should be offered along with a full and complete measure of the gift of love. To do otherwise demonstrates bias and prejudice on the part of the giver. Maybe that is why Jesus never listed any qualifiers in His Matthew 25 statement when He had this to say about what was not love:
Matthew 25:41-46 (ESV)
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
6. What Does Love Look Like In The New Testament?
Jesus says this about love without prerequisites:
Matthew 25:34-36 (ESV)
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”
Paul says this about love without prerequisites:
1 Corinthians 13:2b (ESV)
“…and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a (ESV)
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”
1 Corinthians 13:13 (ESV)
“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
John says this about love without prerequisites:
1 John 2:9:-11 (ESV)
“Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”
1 John 3:10 (ESV)
“By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.”
1 John 3:11 (ESV)
“For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.”
1 John 3:17-18 (ESV)
“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”
1 John 3:23 (ESV)
“And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.”
1 John 4:8 (ESV)
“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
Hebrew Writer says this about love without prerequisites:
Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
James says this about love without prerequisites:
James 1:27 (ESV)
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
To Return To Our Lead In Question: Why is it that nowhere in the New Testament are there any such requirements found for how to worship like there are in the Old Testament? Surely God still holds worship of Himself to be just as important!
Is It Not Very Possible that Jesus told us the answer? God is not looking for robotic worshipers who can follow rules all layered out for them. God wants’ worshipers who can love Him from the heart and demonstrate their love for Him in how they treat each other and their fellow human beings: This is the true Worshiper.
Supporting Thoughts By Dennis Ensor:
- I’m reminded of the juxtaposition between Mary and Martha when Jesus came to their house. Mary came to tell Jesus to make Martha help her in the kitchen. Martha didn’t want to leave Jesus but wanted to take in everything he had to say. Jesus told Mary, “Martha has chosen better.” It was her heart response vs. the do her legalistic duty response.
- I’m also reminded of the different women that came and anointed Jesus with pure nard or with tears and dried with her hair. These were “unauthorized acts of worship.” But Jesus didn’t scold them as the others would have had him do (and as many of our modern day legalistic worshiper crowd would do). Rather, he honored them for sacrificially honoring him–even though the acts of worship and sacrifice were nowhere legalistically prescribed.
- Jesus wants our hearts and devotion and dedication. If we give him that, he is pleased with us–in spite of our faults.
- When you hear the word “multitude” in regard to a number of people, how many people do you imagine? I imagine thousands. 1 Pet 4:8 Love covers a multitude of sins. (Perhaps even those “sins” that don’t do the legalistically correct approach to worship. If we truly love, our sins are covered and we are children of God.)
Study by Guy Lewis, Payson, AZ Friday, March 2, 2012: 7:43:24 AM