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And Adonijah sacrificed sheep and oxen and fattened cattle by the stone of Zoheleth, which is by En Rogel; he also invited all his brothers, the king’s sons, and all the men of Judah, the king’s servants.      1 Kings 1:9

Society regularly offers opportunities to jump on popular bandwagons. A new leader, trend, fad, style, viewpoint, investment, or luxury is heralded and immediately people begin to fervently embrace it.

Such was too often the case in Israel. When Adonijah conducted massive sacrifices, everyone knew there would be plentiful food and parties for those who participated. Appealing to people’s basest appetites, the would-be king was certain he could draw a crowd. The “worship” was manipulative, not sincere. It sought to please people, not God. It was designed to satisfy people’s tastes, not to meet lofty principles. Yet this did not bother those who attended. No one questioned whether the worship was God-honoring. No one asked about God’s will. This “worship” service was intended to accomplish the goals of people, not the purposes of God.

Do you ever thoughtlessly attend a church service, merely following the crowd? How much of your satisfaction with worship stems from having your own needs met and how much comes from your desire to honor God? Be careful about simply following the crowd. If you are not careful, you can find yourself far from God.

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