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Concerning Worship (4 of 11)
INTRODUCTION: Solomon has been using his great wisdom to basically look at two perspectives of life - Under the Sun, and Under Heaven. Now today he is going to give us a peak at his ultimate conclusion. His Ultimate conclusion is found in the last two verses.
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 (ESV) 13 The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.
In today's text - Eccl. 5:1-7 we see the first time Solomon gives us a hint of his ultimate point, his big idea...
7b. But God is the one you must fear.
What will Solomon use to arrest our attention and bring us to a sober, fearful view of God? What will he point out to indict us for our lack of fear? Of all things - Solomon and Christ through Solomon wants to talk to us about, "How we come to worship".
Alistair Begg said, "When we approach the assembly of God's people we should do so with a vivid awareness of the qualitative difference between God and us".
Do you come here as if you are entering into a Holy Experience. It's not a Holy Place, But it is a Holy Gathering. Without the people, there is no uniqueness here.
TEXT: Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 (ESV)
1 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God.
house of God. - has reference to the temple that Solomon himself had built as the earthly dwelling place of God. A trip to the Temple for a Jewish man was more important than a trip to Mecca for the Muslim. The Temple was the one place where the Sovereign God had chosen to meet with his people. The Temple was to be an earthly representation of the Heavenly reality.
Therefore it was to be a....
a. House of Power
It was at the temple of God within the Holiest Place that the Shekina Glory, the visible presence of almighty God was manifested. There over the Ark of ...
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