Biblical worship is best understood through what the Holy of Holies in the Jewish Temple teaches us. What is found there for the Jewish people represents, in essence, what also constitutes Christian worship of the one God in three Persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Holy of Holies helps us to understand worship of God as
1.acknowledging the worth of God’s holy commandments for His covenant people through obedience and repentance; 2.being aware of and responding to His glory and holiness; and 3.giving thanks for and receiving His mercy and forgiveness. Each of these might be discussed in regard to the Temple imagery and symbolism, what this means for worship, where this view of worship challenges certain contemporary practices, and how this understanding of worship relates to mission.
A.Worship as Honouring God by Obeying His Holy Commandments
Imagery of Worship: An Altar of Incense and the Ark of the Covenant
In the Ho…