Tampering with “My Church”

Martin Murphy Books

There are many narrative descriptions of worship in the Old Testament and a less number in the New Testament.  My favorite narrative text is found in the book of Jeremiah.  “Thus says the Lord:  ‘Stand in the court of the Lord’s house, and speak to all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the Lord’s house, all the words that I command you to speak to them.  Do not diminish a word’” (Jeremiah 26:2).  This text from Jeremiah records a scene in the life of the Old Testament church that occurred about 2600 years ago.  The one thing that the contemporary church has in common with the church of 2600 years ago is worship.

The people of God in the day of Jehoiakim the king of Judah (609-597) came to the Lord’s house to worship.  When the people gathered to worship, God warned the worshippers:  “I will make…

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