Deuteronomy 12* Monuments of idolatry to be destroyed. (1-4) The place ofGod's service to be kept. (5-32)1-4 Moses comes to the statutes he had to give in charge toIsrael; and begins with such as relate to the worship of God.The Israelites are charged not to bring the rites and usages ofidolaters into the worship of God; not under colour of making itbetter. We cannot serve God and mammon; nor worship the true Godand idols; nor depend upon Christ Jesus and upon superstitiousor self-righteous confidences. 5-32 The command to bring ALL the sacrifices to the door of thetabernacle, was now explained with reference to the promisedland. As to moral service, then, as now, men might pray andworship every where, as they did in their synagogues. The placewhich God would choose, is said to be the place where he wouldput his name. It was to be his habitation, where, as King ofIsrael, he would be found by all who reverently sought him. Now,under the gospel, we have no temple or altar that sanctifies thegift but Christ only: and as to the places of worship, theprophets foretold that in every place the spiritual incenseshould be offered, #Mal 1:11|. Our Saviour declared, that thoseare accepted as true worshippers, who worship God in sincerityand truth, without regard either to this mountain or Jerusalem,#Joh 4:21|. And a devout Israelite might honour God, keep upcommunion with him, and obtain mercy from him, though he had noopportunity of bringing a sacrifice to his altar. Work for Godshould be done with holy joy and cheerfulness. Even children andservants must rejoice before God; the services of religion areto be a pleasure, and not a task or drudgery. It is the duty ofpeople to be kind to their ministers, who teach them well, andset them good examples. As long as we live, we need theirassistance, till we come to that world where ordinances will notbe needed. Whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do, we arecommanded to do all to the glory of God. And we must do all inthe name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to the Fatherthrough him. They must not even inquire into the modes and formsof idolatrous worship. What good would it do them to know thosedepths of Satan? And our inward satisfaction will be more andmore, as we abound in love and good works, which spring fromfaith and the in-dwelling Spirit of Christ.
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