Jesus travelled many places with His Disciples to teach them how man has been led away from God and how the Word of God will bring all people back to Him. In Samaria, Jesus was thirsty and met a woman at the well in the center of town. During that period of time, Jews and Samaritans did not talk with one another openly nor did they worship together as the Samaritans were outcasts. They did not go to Jerusalem but worshiped God on a high mountain.
“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. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.”Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.” John 4:23-26
Truth Revealed to a Samaritan Woman
The place was Sychar in Samaria in the land of Joseph son of Jacob. They knew God and worshiped Him and were awaiting the promised Messiah who would reveal the Word and save them from this life. He gave her the truth of Worship being from the heart and mind without the need for blood sacrifice. Jesus showed her the way of salvation is through the heart and love of God and that an alter in a building means nothing but the truth is revealed in the heart, soul, and mind of the believer. Let’s look at what happened during the Babylonian captivity prior to this situation.
Worship During Captivity
More and more worship was done in the homes and animal sacrifices had ceased because of the edicts of the Babylonian Kings. They spent 70 years submitting to their captors with the oral remembrances and some scrolls. The Word of God was in the hearts and it kept many strong. Many Jews had to worship in secret to spare their lives. A lot of them became closer to God through prayer, the feasts, and the traditions they could practice. Upon return to Jerusalem, the people went back to their old ways. Those who learned and kept the heart open were outcast.
Worship From the Heart
“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. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” This portion of the Gospel Truth lets us know that worship, though important to do as a community does not come from watching others worship but begins in the heart. Hearing the Word of God in song and reading the Scriptures opens the heart to guides personal worship which is made louder than any heavy metal or punk band can turn up the speakers. The worship of God is heard throughout all of creation to the deepest regions of unknown (to us) space. But once again, it begins in the heart.
You Can’t Pick Just One
The Triune God consists of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. You cannot worship just one part of God without the other two. We thank Jesus for being the sacrifice but we cannot do that without praising God who made the sacrifice happen. We ask for the Holy Spirit to come down on us but without knowledge and faith in the Word (Jesus) and the Father, we cannot truly invite it in. The early Christians understood this and Jesus even said not to worship Him. Worship the Lord our God with every part of our being and we worship all of Him.
Worship Is Required
God demands our worship not in a strict demanding as we know discipline but out of Love. He is our creator so worship of God comes naturally whether you know it or not. Calling something God created pretty, beautiful, wonderful, even majestic, is worshiping Him because it is a way of thanking God for creating so that we can live. Do not worship the thing or the person, that is idol worship. Worship the Maker. Healer, Redeemer.
Brothers and Sisters, Worship is required of us but be careful what and how we conduct ourselves during worship, especially when singing. Ensure the worship is from the heart and not just lip service and try not to get caught up in the song. If you do not know the song being sung, it is okay not to try and follow along trying to sing it. Listen and open your heart to the words.
Blessings to All,
Rob, Servant of God