"For, from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts." Mal. 1:11.
How should we conduct ourselves in the house of God? "But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of Thy mercy; and in Thy fear will I worship toward Thy holy temple." Ps. 5:7.
Has Christ given us an inducement to worship Him in His house? "For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them." Matt. 18:20.
If Christ is present, how ought His people to regard the place which He thus honors? "And the Captain of the lord's host said unto Joshua, loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy." Joshua 5:15.
What words of caution does the "Preacher" give us? "Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God." Eccl. 5:1.
Name one of the reasons why God rejected His chosen people. "For the children of Judah have done evil in My sight, saith the lord; they have set their abominations in the house which is called by My name, to pollute it." Jer. 7:30.
What instruction had the lord given His people regarding their treatment of His earthly dwelling place? "Ye shall keep My Sabbaths, and reverence My sanctuary; I am the Lord." Lev. 19:30.
How are all required to serve God? "Serve God acceptably, with reverence and godly fear." Heb. 12:28.
In what frame of mind does David desire to worship? and what does he call the temple? "But as for me, I will come into Thy house in the multitude of thy mercy; and in Thy fear will I worship toward Thy holy temple." Ps. 5:7.
Where, does he say, is God especially to be feared? "God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about Him." Ps. 89:7.
Should any performance which does not relate to the service of God, be conducted in a house dedicated to His service?
NOTE. - It is God's plan that His people come together in His house to worship and praise Him, and to study His Holy Word. Within those sacred precincts on the Sabbath day, they are not to transact common business, or even sacred business that could be done on another day of the week. Far too often the people of God reserve for the Sabbath hours various activities which could be done on other days.
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