The Sacrifice of Fools

“Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear rather than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil” (Ecclesiastes 5:1). God has never been vague or uncertain in His desires concerning our worship of Him. Following suit, Jesus stressed the necessity of worshipping in “Spirit,” but He also demanded that we worship God in “truth” (John 4:24). “Keep thy foot” or “Walk prudently” enjoins caution when approaching God Almighty; and in worship so much the more. It is not something to be taken lightly. It is not something to be done haphazardly.
The irony of Solomon’s warning in Ecclesiastes is the rank oblivion with which some choose to approach God: “They do not know that they do evil.” To take the position that “God will accept me as I am” is not founded upon God’s Word. Holy men of old took great pains and precautions in approaching God with reverence and awe, but they also saw to it that their methods were correct. Nadab and Abihu, in Leviticus 10, speak volumes!
How is it that Christians, once faithful, now condone instrumental music, choirs and drama in our worship? Why the compromise and denigration of baptism in the process of establishing a relationship with God? Indeed, “they do not know that they do evil”!
I can think of no more disappointing a situation than to be serving God with all your spirit, making sacrifices above and beyond the ‘call of duty,’ and yet, be offering “the sacrifice of fools.” How sad on the Day of Judgment, how tragic when called to give an account, to hear “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).
JDS