By Winfred Clark
I find some interesting phrases in the Bible to describe some folks who went to worship and then went home. That is what Abraham proposed to do at the foot of Mount Moriah when he said, “I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you” (Gen. 22:5). Jesus described two men who went home from the temple after they had prayed (Luke 18:14). Also, one is impressed with the attitude of the eunuch as he returns from worship reading his Bible (Acts 8:27-28).
How would these go home? What effect did the devotion of worship have on their lives? What impact would such make?
What of Abraham and Isaac? How would it be with them as they went home after worship? What occurred while they were at the place of worship?
One can remember that this was the place of sacrifice. It was a place where Abraham was willing to lay on the altar the dearest he had on, earth. He would sacrifice his own son at God’s command. To him and to Isaac worship became a place of surrender as well as sacrifice. If there was any resistance in his will such was surely overcome.
Remember also the sacrifice of the ram in the stead of Isaac. They came to see the substitute and appreciated it.
May it be so with us. That worship becomes the place of surrender and sacrifice as we come to appreciate the death of our dear Lord.
- Winfred Clark, Deceased; via the Belvedere Beacon, the weekly bulletin of the Belvedere church of Christ, Belvedere, SC. Ken Chumbley preaches for this congregation, and he may be contacted at their website: http://www.belvederechurchofchrist.org