Who Are We to Worship? -Pastor Roger Rohde June 11, 2017

Who Are We to Worship?

Isaiah 42:5-12

                  Quite frequently we hear remarks that suggest it doesn’t matter who we worship so long as our hearts are sincere. The Lord in today’s text tells us that such a concept is totally untrue. It does matter who we worship, because there is only one True God that deserves our recognition and praise. On this Trinity Sunday, when we look at the greatness of God, we recall the First Commandment of our Lord: “You shall have no other gods.” Listen to the Lord’s rational for this as presented in today’s text.

We are to only worship the Triune God, because he is the Creator of all things. God through Isaiah declares that “He created the heavens and stretched them out, He spread out the earth and all that comes out of it. He gave breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it.”

Those who consider evolution to be a theory that is not dangerous to the Christian faith neglect the importance of these words. Recognizing God to be the Creator acknowledges His power and authority, and beholds Him to be the One to Whom we are accountable. The Triune God is the reason for our existence. “The Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7). We did not evolve from a lesser being, but almighty God made us with a body and a soul. He also created all the wonderful blessings of life that surround us. As James puts it: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights” (James 1:17).

But God’s involvement with us did not cease with creation. We are to only worship the Triune God because He is the Redeemer of all mankind.

Here we are led to recall that we rebelled against the authority of God as our Creator. While we enjoyed the blessings He gave us, we did not always want to use those blessings as He commanded: “’Eat not from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,’ He said, ‘for the day you eat thereof you shall surely die.’” Man defied the authority of God and was removed from Paradise, experienced pain and suffering, and yes even death. Man brought death upon himself as he disobeyed the authority of the only true God.

Yet, while man forsook God, God came forth to establish a new covenant between Himself and man. Man could not establish this new relationship because of his fallen state. But this did not stop God.

In our text God the Father is speaking when He says of Jesus: “I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness; I will take hold of Your hand. I will keep You and will make You to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open the eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeons those who sit in darkness.”

Yes, Jesus is the Mediator between God the Father and mankind. True God became true man, conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. Sinless at birth, He remained sinless through all His earthly life. Jesus is described as One Who was tempted in every way as we are, but He never sinned (Hebrews 4:15). Peter wrote: “Jesus committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth. When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to God the Father Who judges justly. Jesus bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds we have been healed” (I Peter 2:22-24).

Jesus brought us back to the heavenly Father through His body and blood given and shed for us at Calvary. He brought us out of darkness into His eternal light. He set us free from the bondage of Satan so that we can be His beloved children now and eternally.

Nothing else can restore mankind into this covenant relationship with the Father, but His Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior. This is why the Spirit-filled disciple Peter declared at Pentecost: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

People who say that it doesn’t matter what you believe so long as you are sincere are badly mistaken. It does matter! There is only one God Who created us and then redeemed us. He is the Triune God of Scripture – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We are to only worship the Triune God, because there is no one like Him. To make this point, the Lord goes on in our text to say: “I am the Lord; that is My name! I will not give My glory to another or My praise to others.”

These words found in Isaiah take us back in time to when God called Moses to go before Pharaoh to bring the Israelites out of Egypt. “Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should do this’” (Exodus 3:10)? Moses went on: “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is His name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God said to Moses, “I am has sent me to you” (Exodus 3:13-14).

What God reveals to us about Himself through these words is that He is Jehovah, the great “I am.” This name reveals that the Triune God is eternal – not made but the Maker of all. He is immortal, unchangeable – the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is telling us that this makes Him unique, above all that He has created. Hence, He alone is to be glorified. He alone is to receive the worship and praise of all creation. There is no other like Him. There are no other gods to be worshiped. He alone is to receive all honor, glory, praise, and worship.

The Triune God alone is to be worshiped because He is the faithful One. As our text is wrapping up, God through Isaiah notes: “See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.”

God tells us that He is true to His Word. We can live by what He says, because everything He says comes to pass. God does not lie. He does not deceive. He speaks the truth and keeps all His promises. Hence we can in faith live our lives based upon His Word and bring Him honor, worship and praise Him.

Today’s text concludes by admonishing and commanding us to worship only the Triune God for He alone is God. There is no other. “Sing to the Lord…. Give glory to Him and proclaim His praise.”

There is no substitute for the Triune God of Christianity. He alone is the Creator and Redeemer of all things. He alone is faithful to His Word and keeps all His promises. There is none like Him. So we heed the words of the God-inspired

writer Paul: “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” (I Timothy 1:17).

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