TRUE WORSHIP John 4
Were cavemen painting for their gods? Paul bahn
19 The woman said to him, "Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. • 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship."
Assyrians 722— 721 BC deported all the Israelites of substance and settled the land with foreigners. Who intermarried with them contaminating with their religion
Traitors to Judah • Conspired to invade Judah
Changing their status whenever circumstances suit them • Gave Antiochus title of a god & named their temple “Temple of Jupiter Hellenius” • Desecrated the outside of the Jerusalem temple
Deuteronomy 12:5-6 • 5 But you are to seek the place the LORD your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling. To that place you must go; 6 there bring your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, what you have vowed to give and your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks.
Genesis Exodus Deuteronomy Leviticus Numbers Judges 1-2 Kings 1-2 Chronicles Psalms Proverbs Job Isaiah Ezekiel Amos etc…..
Mt Gerizim Highest in world Manasseh 330 bc
Mt Gerizim Mount Gerazim Jerusalem Which place true worship?
The Outcaste-Samaritan Woman Part of an outcaste nation “the daughters of the Samaritans are menstruants from their cradle’ Within this outcaste nation she is outcaste Comes alone
You cannot worship God as you like • 21 Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. • 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
Leviticus 10 • Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized fire before the LORD, which he had not commanded them. • 2 And fire came out from before the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD.
Worship is not a set of traditions • Matthew 15:1-2 Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, 2 "Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat."
Matthew 15:7-9 7 You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: 8 "'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; 9 in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'" No NT example of sets of worship order
Troubled Worship Samaritans Jews Sincere TRUTH But not true But not sincere
John 4:24 • 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth."
John 3:3 Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Cannot worship without the Spirit • 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. • 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
Not God is a spirit like one of all other spirits Does not mean He is just invisible –ghost or not physical not felt He is not material
GOD IS SPIRIT Love Invisible Divine Light-Righteous Life giving Facets of what God is as revealed to us
Promised in OT • Ezekiel 11:19-20 19 And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, 20 that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
Fulfilled in Jesus death and resurrection • John 4:23 23 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. Added new dimension more consistent with His nature and His latest revelation
Spiritual worship is intimate worship • 21 Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. • John 4:23 23 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.
Romans 8:15 • 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, "Abba! Father!" 6th century BC increasingly use Adonai ,,,too sacred to use YWH
The Palatine Hill in Rome100BC Seo deo sei deivae sac[rum], "Sacred to a god or goddess