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True worship is commonly portrayed as an offense to God (Isaiah 36:1- 37:7)

“The people of Judah were facing God's judgment because of their sins, first toward God in corrupting His worship, and then toward men in corrupting justice. The solution to their problem was repentance, beginning with the reformation of worship. Toward this end. God had raised up Hezekiah, who instituted sweeping reforms of worship throughout the land, banishing all man-made inventions and restoring God's pure ordinances to their proper place. It was not long, however, before these grand reforms were called into question, and the seeds of doubt were sown in the hearts of the people.

The king of Assyria, who designed to overthrow Jerusalem, sent his representative Rabshakeh to shake the confidence of the people. Part of his strategy involved convincing them that God would not deliver them from the hand of Sennacherib the king. He suggested to the people that God was offended by Hezekiah’s reforms, because many glorious means of worship had been taken away by the overzealous reformer.

It is a common strategy of the enemy to undo any progress toward restoring the purity of God's worship by encouraging the notion that God was actually pleased by our former inventions and is offended by our forsaking of them. When men are convinced by this deception, and return to their will- worship, the enemy gains a great victory, for God is then genuinely offended and His wrath is kindled against His wayward people.

We must steadfastly resist the suggestions of Satan that our forsaking of human inventions deprives God of honor. Clarity on the matter is found, as Hezekiah discovered, by resorting to the house of the Lord. He will confirm to us, as we seek His face, that it is true worship from a contrite heart that He desires.” (Comin, 221-222)

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