Entering the Temple, in Mark 11, Jesus looked past the disguise of religion and saw God's people being exploited. What motivated His dramatic response? Not anger, but a holy zeal for God's honor.
This is a crafty word from the lip of the arch-tyrant Pharaoh. If the poor enslaved Israelites must leave Egypt, then he bargains with them that it shall not be very far away--not too far for them to escape the terror of his arms and the observation of his spies. After the same fashion, the world hates the nonconformity of nonconformity or the dissidence of dissent; it would rather we were more charitable and not deal with things too severely. Death to the world and burial with Christ are experiences that worldly minds treat with ridicule, and as a result ...
When the culture says we are at the center of the universe, the result is self-absorption that leads to emptiness and meaninglessness. Alistair Begg reminds graduating students and us that the remedy is not found in boasting in our own wisdom, strength, or wealth, but in knowing God as He has revealed Himself in the Lord Jesus. With that foundation, we can know life that is truly meaningful as our lives are poured out in service to God.
Without the knowledge of God, life is a cruel and futile existence. The Bible was given so that we might know the splendor of God’s unchanging nature. By knowing who God is, we can make sense of our existence. In turn, we will become galvanized in helping others see the same thing.
In part two of this four-part message on acceptable worship, we learn that God is not indifferent to the object of our worship. The Triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is the ONLY acceptable object of worship. God’s glory cannot be shared with idols, and must not be diminished by the use of man-made images.