44. Hebrew Worship: Buzz

“. . . Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel his people, and that the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt; . . .”  Exodus 18:1  AV

Growing up in a technologically detached third world culture, we marveled at the speedy diffusion of new information throughout the community.  Obviously the world of Moses day did pretty well without Twitter too.  Before Moses arrived on scene, Jethro already had an earful about the works of God in Egypt.

What people talk about indicates what they consider to have worth.  A quick glance at Twitter or any of the online news sites will show you what is trending any given day – what the culture deems worthy of discussion.  That “worth” that is attributed to a theme is an expression of worship.

The modern press in America is very manipulative.  Stories are showcased or downgraded based on what the editors want the public to see.  But buzz is honest.  When people are hanging out and there is no pressure to think in a particular direction, what bubbles up is what is important to them at that time.  The selection of topics to discuss is an act of worship.

And agreement among people matters a lot in the spiritual realm.  While the Hebrews were living in the present, worried about food and water, God was keeping the grapevine busy for 40 years, bringing agreement from Gentiles that He, the God of the Hebrews, was not to be trifled with!

In addition to the overt worship He would be requiring from the Hebrews, He was collecting informal worship and establishing structures in the spiritual realm from the agreements of a whole lot of people who served other gods – like this priest from Midian!

44. Hebrew Worship: Buzz  RGI SLG Coaching blog

Copyright February 2016 by Arthur Burk

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  1. Rebekah says

    I happened to be reading Psalm 78 in the Voice translation today when I was struck by the way they translate verse 50. Speaking of Gods work with the 10 plagues on Egypt it says, “He carved out a road for His wrath; He did not spare any from the sting of death but handed them over to the fangs of the plague .”

    The phrase “He carved out a road for His wrath” struck me in a profound way because one of my kids has a persistent interest in heavy earth moving equipment. In my quest to satisfy his curiosity, reading stacks of books, I’ve gained a new appreciation for what it means to build a road.

    I consider staggering road building projects such as the Oresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden, a road carrying a highway and two train tracks, bridging 8 kilometers of ocean, to a man made island, there shifting into a tunnel, and running under water for 4 more kilometers. I consider the countless hazards and obstacles encountered by the construction crew, ceaseless hours of dredging day and night, tons of rock and earth moved. My head spins just thinking about it.

    So today I’m in awe and worshiping the Master Builder and Engineer. With ten plagues He built a road, a road that stands today as a monument to His genius. Leveling every lofty Egyptian god, He made the way smooth and strait, broadening its dimensions, expanding it’s capacity, until the full fury of His wrath could travel unencumbered strait to Egypt’s door.

    I stand in wonder, surveying the construction site we now find ourselves in, after months of warring against the Egyptian curse, followed by months of building monuments to God through Hebrew Worship, the skeletal structure of a God sized road is clearly visible.

    May we not grow weary in well doing but let us run with endurance the race that is marked out for us.

    Blessings of endurance to you, Arthur, and all those from the SLG tribe who have embarked on this project together!