High Places ()Simon Schrock, May 26, 2013
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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May 26, 2013
Where did the Lord set up a place for the tabernacle? They set up a place in Shiloh as it says in Joshua 18:1. The
high places were used by the heathen on elevated places, but the tabernacle was always in the plains.
The groves or high places were places that the heathen used to worship. God had commanded different people of
Israel to destroy these places because the worship was not going to Him.
In John 4 is the account of the Samaritan woman at the well. There we are told that we are to worship God
without form and ritual, but to worship in Spirit and truth.
Do we have high places? Or do we bring heathen offerings into God's temple? We need to bring ourselves as a
living sacrifice. We need to bring our sacrifices the way that God has said that they are to be brought. God does
not ask us to do anything that we can't do. He will help us.
Does God honor tainted worship? We should not see how much tainted worship we should get by with, but we
should see how purely we can worship. When we worship in truth we have a mind to do the full and
unconditional obedience to God. This leaves out all the high places.
We are called to accountability to God and each other. When we are coming to worship we need to look for
idolatry in our lives and if there is anything found we need to remove these from our hearts.