Praise Worship & Prayer: Intertwined and Action Oriented, A Hebraic Perspective. There are companion audios that correspond to this teaching. Here is the Link to Messianic Lifestyles Magazine’s Remnant Radio Show, which is the show that this teaching was first broadcast on. Posey shared this teaching LIVE with Anne Elliott of AnneElliott.com. Click here to listen to Part One. This article, Mankind was Created to Worship YHWH, is the beginning of the Broadcast Notes for the audio teaching.
Over the last twenty years I have been teaching people about the importance of praise, worship and prayer. Yahweh has given me the opportunity to travel to three continents and throughout the US and over that time I have been incredibly blessed to see people from all over the world praising and worshiping the King of the Universe the Melek ha Olam. I believe that mankind was created to worship God – YHWH Elohim our King. I have seen people set free to worship Yahweh with their whole heart and on a very personal and intimate level. I have also seen people standing afar off, wondering and wishing that they could worship the Father in the same way too. What made the difference?
I think the answer to that question is very complex and has many variables but the main answer comes down to relationship. Worship improves our relationship with Yahweh our King and our Father. We will be talking more about how to increase the intimacy of our relationship with Him as we go along in this series. For this first part, lets begin by looking at Ex 7:16. In this verse Yahweh says through Moshe,
“And thou shalt say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness…”
The word translated here as serve is Strongs # H5647 abad (aw-bad) and it means to work or serve another out of obligation, requirement or gratitude. To serve, servant, till, husbandman, work, worshipper. This word “abad,” can also mean to minister and many times it means to serve; as in Jacob served seven years to get Rachel. It is very interesting that among all the descriptive words that mostly mean to serve or work, that worshipper is included as part of this description. Thinking outside the box this could mean that the work or service for the Lord was also an act of worship.
This term, abad, is also applied to describe the “work” of the Levites in the Tabernacle, serving Yahweh. And so when the work or service (serve) is used in reference to something that is being done unto Yahweh that is where the idea of worship is included. So even though the English doesn’t translate it specifically as “worship” you can see some examples in Exodus 3:12, Exodus 7:16, Joshua 24:15. All of these translate abad as serve, but it deals with serving/worshiping God, you can also see examples when this worship was directed to a false god. And it is actually translated as worshipers in 2 Kings 10:19, referring to how they worshiped ba-al.
A Closer Look in Hebrew
I was looking at the Hebrew letters for this word abad: ayin, bet, dalet
Ayin=eye=to see, to know, to experience
Bet=tent/house= household, into, family
Dalet=door= pathway to enter
The use of the word abad when used to refer to serving/working for Yahweh could mean:
The pathway to enter into the family (of Yahweh) to know, see and experience His indwelling presence. We experience His presence through worship; both acts of serving Him and personal physical expressions of worship.
“ye shall serve/worship Elohim on this mountain,”
“Thou shall fear YHWH Elohim and serve/worship him,”
“And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve/worship the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,”
“And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve/worship him with all your heart and with all your soul,”
“Serve/worship the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing”
Num 4:23, 24, 26, 30, 37, 41, 47
So let’s go back and revisit Exodus 7:16 with all of this in mind. Here is my interpretation:
“And thou shall say unto Pharaoh, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, so that they may walk on the pathway and enter into My family so that they will know and see and experience My presence dwelling among them. So that they can serve me in the wilderness and worship me through my set apart ways and through personal face to face intimate encounters with Me.”
We know that is what Yahweh wanted in the beginning and it is what he wanted at the Mountain. But the people were too afraid and begged Moses to be the one to encounter Yahweh the Most High and then relay everything to the people. They did not want to encounter Him face to face or have intimate experience with His dwelling presence among them.
The great, wise and worshiping prophet Isaiah says in Is 43:21
“This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.”
Let’s go back to the verse from Shemot, Exodus that I discussed earlier. Yahweh didn’t say that His main reason for the Israelites to leave Egypt was to get them out of the Egyptian governmental and monetary system. He didn’t remove them only so that they could eat better and eat clean. He didn’t have them “bug out” and live off grid in the wilderness so that they could avoid the coming judgment upon Egypt. His main purpose wasn’t to bring them out of Egypt just because they were sick, injured and dying in Egypt as slaves.
He took them out for many reasons but there was always 1 main reason – so that they could worship Him in His set apart ways and He could enjoy dwelling among His people and have daily, intimate, personal communication and fellowship with them. So that He could teach them how to be set apart like He is set apart.
I think that many of us have lost sight of His stated reason for bringing them out which is the same reason that He wants to dwell with us for eternity. The end is revealed from the beginning so let’s look at the beginning.
“And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Ayden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. “
Put Strongs # H7760, sum (soom) appoint, work. Ancient Hebrew to place or store
The next verse I want to look at is short but we are going to spend some time looking at it a little closer.
“And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of (Ayden) Eden to dress it and to keep it.”
Just 7 verses latter than verse 8 above, Yahweh uses the word Put again but this time He uses a different Hebrew word than what was used in verse 8. This put is Strongs # H5117 nuach (noo’ akh) meaning to rest, to set down, to lay up as to store, to dwell, give comfort, to make to rest. Ancient Hebrew, rest, quiet.
The word nuach is often used in regard to placing, bringing things to rest or setting things before YHWH, as in placing the manna pots before YHWH, or the showbread before Yahweh, first fruits baskets before the altar of the Lord. This word carries with it the idea of putting or setting or bringing something to rest before the presence of YHWH.
The next phrase in verse 15 says
“To dress it and to keep the garden.”
Dress is Strongs #H5647 abad (aw-bad) see the description above for serve because it is the same word used here. I want to repeat my complied definition of the Hebrew word abad that is simply translated as dress in this verse of in our English translation Bibles. Here it is:
“The pathway to enter into the family (of Yahweh) to know, see and experience His dwelling presence. We experience His presence through worship; both acts of serving Him and personal physical expressions of worship be they corporate or individual and intimate.”
All of this information gives us the idea that Adam was created to work, serve, minister to and worship YHWH Elohim. The word Keep in this verse is Strongs #H8104 shamar (shaw-mar’) to hedge about, to guard, to protect, attend to, keep, preserve, regard. This is the same word that is used instructing us to “keep” the Sabbath and the Feasts.
Within Scripture we find the words “work” and “keep” together four times, in the book of Numbers and each time it describes the work of the priests (Num 3:7, 8; 8:26; 18:7; Deut 12:30; 13:4; Josh 22:5).
Could it be that Adam and Chavah weren’t just gardening and tilling the ground? They were placed before Yahweh in the set apart garden. This was a special place where the presence “paniym (paw-neem’)” of YHWH Elohim would walk (Gen 3:8). Paniym is Strongs #H6440 and is the same word we find in the Aaronic Blessing and it describes the presence of Yahweh. Can we say that the garden was a place where YHWH could come to rest and dwell and spend time with His creation? Can we say that perhaps Adam and Chavah were a type of priest who ministered to and served Yahweh Elohim in the Garden of Ayden?
I think we can. I believe that Mankind was Created to Worship God – YHWH Elohim. I believe that it was His original plan, it was His plan for the Yisraelites at the Mountain of Shini (Sinai) and I believe that it is what we will be doing for all eternity as the book of Revelation reveals. The Prophet Yeshayahu (Isaiah) said it all in chapter 43:21,
“This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.”
This concludes the first article in this series, to continue on to Part 2 click here, “How Do We Approach the King of the Universe to Worship Him?“