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Summary: 3 of 7. Jesus made it plain that the temple worship had become tainted with improprieties. Public Worship is to be free from impropriety. But What is consonant with public worship? A challenge to (harmonious)public worship is its...

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CHALLENGES To/For PUBLIC WORSHIP-III—John 2:12-25

Attention:

Franklin County welcome sign off of both Ocklocknee River bridges:

"Welcome to Franklin County"—“World’s Best Oysters & Beaches”

Franklin County Commissioners realize we must have something to offer which must be exploited in order to bring others(along with their money, skills, livelihood, successes, etc) to our county.

The Church can be tempted toward many directions regarding the manner & message of its Public Worship. There are real Challenges to bringing about Public Worship!...There are dynamics which, if we deny, will keep our church & the public from being able to fully worship in s(S)pirit & truth!

Restoring Propriety/Precedence to Worship

Jesus made it plain that the temple worship had become tainted with improprieties.

Public Worship is to be free from impropriety.

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There is to be consonance(harmony/agreeability with God) in public worship.

What is consonant with/to public worship?

When is public worship consonant(harmonious/agreeable)?

10 challenges to (harmonious)public worship.

Previously we have found some Challenges to (harmonious)public worship are its...

1. OCCASION(:13)

2. INVITATION(:13-14)

3. PROTECTION(:15)

4—A challenge to (harmonious)public worship is its...

RESONATION(:16-17)

Explanation:(:16-17)Speak or Sound to you/Strike you/Make sense/Remember

:16—“And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!”

Jesus spoke specifically to those merchants who were “selling doves.”

“Doves” were those sacrificed by the poor(Lev. 5:7, Lk. 2:22-24. )

Lev. 5:7—“‘If he is not able to bring a lamb, then he shall bring to the LORD, for his trespass which he has committed, two turtledoves or two young pigeons: one as a sin offering & the other as a burnt offering.”[freewill]

Lev. 12:8—[Regarding a birthmother’s 7-day uncleanness]—“‘And if she is not able to bring a lamb, then she may bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons--one as a burnt offering & the other as a sin offering. So the priest shall make atonement for her, & she will be clean.’”

Lk. 2:22-24—“Now when the days of her[Mary] purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the LORD”), & to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.””

Concern for ‘the widow, the fatherless, & the alien’ is a common theme thruout God’s word.

We are called upon & equipped to “love your neighbor as yourself.”(Lev. 19:18; Mat. 22:37-40; Mk. 12:30-31; Rom. 13:9, etc.)

Jesus accused them of turning the temple into a ‘store’ instead of a place of reverence for God. Making the uncommon, common.


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