I’ve heard every good excuse for missing worship services – in fact, I’ve used most of them myself over the years.  Kids have a ball game scheduled Sunday pretty early (it happens).  Relatives came into town over the weekend.  Have to take or pick up someone from the airport.  Woke up angry, depressed, upset, tired.  Family reunion this afternoon.  Couldn’t get moving.  Weather looked like it could turn.


You get the idea. 


We always rationalize our absence with “God understands.”   And since we put so much emphasis on not judging one another, then the church should understand as well.  There are just some things more important than meeting on Sunday morning. 


Does God understand?  I read in the Old Testament about a worship service that was interrupted by Aaron’s two sons, placing strange fire on the altar and both of them being struck dead.  Moses instructs some relatives to carry the boys out so the service can continue. 

If anyone ever had an excuse to be away from church services, it was Aaron.  He had lost both his sons in an instant and was not allowed to grieve at all, but immediately was pressed into returning to his duties with God.


 How important is our reasonable service?  It sounds like God takes it pretty seriously. 


Is our excuse for missing services as good as Aaron's?

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.

 Hbr 10:25 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.

 Read the case of strange fire and the consequences in Leviticus, chapter 10.

Lev 10:1  And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.