Genesis 22:5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you,
This is the first time the actual word “worship” is used in Scripture. Don’t you find it fitting that the first time that the word worship is used it is connection with death. Read Gen. 22:1-9 for the complete story.
God was testing Abraham’s trust and faithfulness.
Abraham was trusting God’s faithfulness.
God wants every place to be a place of worship.
God wants every circumstance to be a circumstance of worship.
True worship has nothing to do with music and everything about walking in the fear of the Lord with quick and full obedience to His Word, without holding back anything from Him, no matter the cost.
Genesis 22:3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
Genesis 22:7 And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”
Genesis 22:8 Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.
"God will provide" Jehovah-jireh or Yahweh Yireh
Genesis 22:9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
Notice the emphasis on “the place”. The place of worship is important because we are called to worship God on His conditions. This means we are to move with Him when He says and not demand that He enter our structured place and time. We have been programmed to demand God to come to our place in our time slots (spiritual manipulation), for what we want to offer as worship, which usually cost us nothing. Because of this Sunday morning 11:00-12:00 programing, it would seem strange to our thinking that God would demand our obedience to be in HIS place, in HIS timing, and offering a great costly sacrifice, for true worship to happen.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.