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Did You Fast To Me? To Me? Zechariah 7:5. Background to Zechariah’s Statement. God’s people had been fasting during the Babylonian Captivity and want to know if they should continue (7:1-3)

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background to zechariah s statement
Background to Zechariah’s Statement
  • God’s people had been fasting during the Babylonian Captivity and want to know if they should continue (7:1-3)
  • Zechariah reveals their true motive: insincere fasting for themselves and not for God (7:4-5; see Lev. 23:27)
  • God reveals the true motive for fasting (7:8-14)
  • Why do we come together to worship? Why do we assemble? Why do we engage in the “five acts of worship”? What is our motive?
why do we worship
Why Do We Worship?
  • To be seen of men (Mt. 6:1ff; 23:1ff)
  • To blindly follow tradition or ritual (Mt. 15:1ff; Acts 17:23)
  • To compare ourself with others (Lk. 18:9ff)
  • To compete with others (Acts 5:1ff; 1 Cor. 12-14)
  • To grudgingly fulfill a requirement (Mal. 1:13; 3:8-9; 2 Cor. 9:6-7)
  • To do what we want (Col. 2:23)
why do we worship1
Why Do We Worship?
  • To display what we have (Jas. 2:1-9)
  • To go through the motions without love (Rev. 2:1-5)
worship is god centered
Worship is God-Centered
  • Worship is to be focused on God – “for me … for me” (Zech. 7:5)
  • Worship is for God’s honor and glory (Psa. 95:6; Jn. 4:24)
    • Preaching / teaching: God’s word, not the classroom / activities, power-point, preacher eloquence, etc.
    • Singing: God’s name, not the song leader or four-part voices
    • Lord’s supper: God’s sacrifice, not who takes it or how
    • Contribution: God’s work, not the amount
    • Prayer: God’s will, not beautiful words
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