Exodus: The Book of Worship

“You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself. Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” (Exodus 19:4-6a)

Any serious worship leader should study the book of Exodus over and over again. In my studies at Worship Arts Conservatory, it seemed like we focused on Exodus in every other class. Here are some of the most essential teachings about worship found in Exodus:

  • God’s manifest presence as burning bush (3:2-3)
  • God’s manifest presence as pillar of cloud and pillar of fire (13:21)
  • God’s manifest presence as a thick cloud on Mount Sinai (19:9)
  • God’s manifest presence as a consuming fire (24:17)
  • God’s manifest presence in the tent of meeting (33:7-10) and the Tabernacle (40:34-38)
  • God revealed to Moses His name (3:13-15) and His nature (34:6-7)
  • God’s intimate relationship with Moses (33:11)
  • God showed Moses His glory (33:18-23), and Moses reflected the glory of God (34:29-33)
  • The Israelites worshipped God corporately (33:7-10)
  • Moses worshipped God privately (34:8)
  • Moses, the first worship songwriter in the Bible (15:1-18)
  • Miriam, the first worship dancer, worship leader, and worship instrumentalist in the Bible (15:20-21)
  • Bezalel, the first worship artisan (31:2-5)
  • Special occasions for worship: Passover (12:1-13), Sabbath (20:8-11), The 3 Feasts (23:14-16)
  • The Tabernacle and all the articles of worship, which are filled with symbolic meanings about worship (25:1-27:21, 36:8-38:20)
  • Priestly garments, which are filled with symbolic meanings about worship (28:1-43, 39:1-31)
  • Instructions on sacrifices and offerings, which are filled with symbolic meanings about worship (29:10-30:10)
  • The priesthood of beleivers (19:4-6) and the special office of the Levite priesthood (30:30)
  • God allowed people to meet Him and be close to Him (19:16-17)
  • Israelites rejected being drawn close to God (20:18-21)
  • Teachings against idolatry (20:2-7)
  • The idolatry of the Golden Calf (32:1-6)

Hope this inspires you all to study Exodus seriously!

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3 thoughts on “Exodus: The Book of Worship

  1. sounds interesting! thx Tim…

    My pastor probably would have overlooked them thinking they just apply to Old Testiment… but I think most items you listed can be easily applied to today as well

  2. What did Moses say every time he met with Pharaoh? “This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may *worship* me.” And how many times did he say this? Many–can’t miss it.
    It was clear that God redeemed a people out of Egypt for one sole purpose: to teach and have them worship Him. This is a foreshadowing of what He ultimately does through Jesus: to redeem a people for Himself to worship Him. God is in the business of gathering unto Himself worshipers. Today’s corporate worship each Sunday reflects the glory of God shown in what Jesus has done in His redeeming believers out of sin’s slavery, just as the Passover celebrations reflected God’s glory shown in what He had done in giving birth to a nation out of the land of slavery. But Sunday mornings are still only a precursor of the real final gathering of worshipers from all tribes and languages worshiping perfectly in heaven at the consumation of time. Having said that, worship is not just about music and singing. It’s about ascribing worth and glory to the One and Only who is worthy, and not just in any manner, but in a manner prescribed and dictated by Him.

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