Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Opus 2024-152: Now Where Did I Put that Scroll?

One of the great moments in the development of Judaism was when they misplaced the law. We see that in Josiah’s day.  What is most interesting is that they didn’t seem to know they had lost it.  They were not looking for it.  It showed up when they were cleaning out a storeroom.

Then consider that they lost the temple, more than once.  How did Israel offer sacrifices and go through things like Yom Kippur when they did not have an altar or a Holy of Holies?  It sounds like holding the Rose Parade with no flowers.

Judaism under David was totally different than Judaism under the rabbis.  And even more different without the temple.  David worshiped with the law available, and had a personal relationship with God.  After the law was lost, they didn’t even celebrate Sabbath it seems.

Nehemiah brought back the Passover, the feast of booths, and the Sabbath.

It seems that in much of Israel’s history, they were operating in the dark and making things up.

Did the prophets talk about repentance or sacrifice?  Was it more about faith and obedience or about the law?  I may have to do some reading to answer my own questions.

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