This is a continuation from lessons 1-10 given at an earlier date. We have seen that if we are to bring true worship before the Father we need to know first what it is. True worship is an attitude of the heart that walks hand-in-hand with God daily.
(1st). We have seen first with Adam and Eve that we need to deal with sin correctly.
(2nd). Then we saw with Cain and Abel that not all worship is acceptable to God and He is under no obligation to accept whatever sacrifice of worship and praise we choose to bring. We must worship His way and not ours.
(3rd). Now we will look at the third aspect of true worship. We cannot offer true worship without obedience. Noah was a man who was “blameless,” meaning that he was a man of “integrity,” and a man who “walked with God”. We find that Noah worshipped God out of a life of obedience.
Genesis 6:22 ESV Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.
Genesis 7:5 ESV And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him.
It is important that we see the word “all” when it refers to Noah and his obedience. Partial obedience is not enough in walking with the Father in worship. If I only obey God part of the time it usually means that I obey within the boundaries of my own desires that will not cost me anything.
See the offering of Noah in Gen.8:20-21. We see the sacrifice of animals in worship. These are animals he just spent thirteen months on the Ark with. Noah dealt with his sin in the right way. It was an acceptable sacrifice before God and Noah was an obedient worshipper. This resulted in a sweet smell before the Lord.
There can be no true worship without a heart and life of immediate obedience. Sometimes the act of obedience is very costly. The more the cost of the obedience the more of a sweet act of worship it becomes before the Lord.