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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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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)

  • 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?

  • 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 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 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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