PLACES WHERE GOD AND MAN MEET (PT. 01)
And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.
What comes to mind when you think of worshipping God? Where do you meet with God? Where do you worship Him?
These are questions that have been debated for hundreds of years. Every culture has had a place or places set apart to worship God. It is important to remember however that it is God who takes the initiative in providing a way for man to meet with Him and to worship with Him. God throughout history has also taken the initiative in bringing man to the “right place” to worship Him. God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden for a place and time of worship. He met with them in the cool of the morning. There was no building, no music, and no structure; just God meeting with man for worship.
Adam and Eve’s relationship with God was pure and unhindered. All that Adam did reflected the life and heart of worship. They were…
(1) Sensitive to the voice of God,
(2) Submissive to the will of God, and
(3) Obedient to the Word of God.
BTW, That is a good sermon outline for you preachers.
Gen 19:27(ESV) And Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the LORD.
We all have testimonies of that special place were we met with the Father in a special way. Abraham had that place. In that special place the Lord told Abraham about His plans of destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, His plans for blessings Abraham, and His plans of giving Abraham a son of blessings from Sarah. All of these are described in chapter 18 when Abraham first went to the special place.
It was in that special place that Abraham conferred with God and asked Him a hard question, "Lord, will You destroy the righteous with the wicked?" When we stand before the Lord in the special place and it becomes natural and normal to do so, the way we converse with the Father will change. Compare Abraham's intercession in Genesis 18 with our Lord's prayer time in the Garden in Matt.26:36-44.
In the special place our prayers are deeper in intensity, longing to understand God's plan. We become more aware of not just God's love but God's hatred and judgment upon sin and the cost of it.
In Gen.19:27 when Abraham went back to that special place where He had stood before the Lord, he lifted his eyes and his heart was weighted with sorrow and pain at what he saw. He witnessed the fulfillment of God's Word to him in the judgment of sin upon two cities.
Gen 19:28(ESV) And he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah and toward all the land of the valley, and he looked and, behold, the smoke of the land went up like the smoke of a furnace.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.