Stop Quibbling And Start Assembling!

February 6, 2009 at 12:16 am 2 comments

“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering;  (for he is faithful that promised;)  and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is;  but exhorting one another:  and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”  (Hebrews 10:23-25).

It was evidently the manner of some of the Hebrew brethren to forsake the assembling of themselves together.  The inspired writer was seeking to check this tendency, knowing it would lead one to apostasy.  God’s people of today are forsaking the assembling, some for one cause, some for another.  It appears that all congregations have the “forsakers”.  Through the years, practically every exchange bulletin which we received from other churches often referred to this subject of exhorting the “forsakers” to stop forsaking.  A consideration of the duty of assembling leads us to ask:

When are we to assemble? Various ideas have been read into the text, some of these we shall consider.  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together…

  • “On the first day of the week.”
  • “On the morning of the first day of the week for communion.”
  • “Except when on a vacation.”
  • “Except when the weather is disagreeable.”
  • “Except when company comes.”
  • “Except when my favorite preacher preaches.”
  • When it is most convenient.”

Frankly, I fail to see that our text specifies the day.  We are not to forsake the assembling whenever it is.  Surely, the Lord’s Day or first day of the week is included, but other days are not excluded.  We should assemble when God’s people assemble to worship and carry on the Lord’s work. (Acts 2:42) (Acts 20:7).  This should not be a burden, but a joy for those who love the Lord.  (Psalms 122:1). As a member of a local congregation, I should respect and honor the times when the congregation assembles by my presence.  But another question arises:

Where should we assemble? In a certain view, the place is immaterial.  While conversing with the Samaritan woman, “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what:  we know what we worship:  for salvation is of the Jews.  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:  for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  God is a Spirit:  and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”  (John 4:2124).  The disciples can worship God in their own cities or communities.  In another sense, the place is important!  There must be an assembling and this implies a place of assembly.  The command to “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together” grants the authorization to provide a physical place in which to assemble. The specific authority to assemble constitutes the generic authority for what we recognize as the “church building or meetinghouse.”  There are liberal brethren who argue that we build buildings for which we have no authority. Therefore, why should brethren object to other projects or endeavors for which there is no authority?  They seem to fail to recognize that specific and generic authority exist.  We repeat: The specific command to assemble authorizes the generic authority in providing a place of assembling.  It may be in the open; it may be in some member’s house; it may be a rented building or a building which the church has built.  This also precludes the idea of an individual worshipping at home or continually worshipping alone.  Another question:

Why should we assemble ourselves together? We are directed by the teaching of inspiration to “Not forsake the assembling of ourselves together.”  To one who is truly submissive to the Lord, this is enough to answer the “why”.  God desires for us to assemble.  This command is made in accordance with our nature and for our benefit.

Observe some of these benefits: We meet with the Lord. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them,” (Matthew 18:20).  He who forsakes the meetings, whether it be Bible study, prayer meetings, etc., misses the blessing of the Lord by his absence.

These meetings beget and foster love. “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:” (Hebrews 10:24).  This verse is associated with the assembling! When a disciple begins to forsake the meetings, he is likely to grow cold toward his brethren and the work of the church.  We are to exhort and encourage one another.  How can this be done if we do not meet?

It fortifies us for the day approaching. The Hebrew Christians possibly viewed the day approaching as the day of the destruction of Jerusalem.  There were signs that they could behold to verify “as ye see the day approaching”. (Matthew 24). The book of Hebrews was written a few years before this destruction of Jerusalem in A.D.70.  They needed great faith to stand in that day.  To Christians of today, this day of approaching is the Day of Judgment toward which we are moving.  Whatever the day, we need the strength from assembling together to help us faithfully stand.

STOP QUIBBLING AND START ASSEMBLING to be benefited by the Lord.

Author: Bobby K. Thompson


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  • 1. Bryon  |  February 6, 2009 at 2:58 am

    Good post…

  • […] they were not to forsake. It is sad to see so many christians doing this exact same thing today. Stop Quibbling And Start Assembling! When your congregation meets, you should be […]

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